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Kundun (1997)

by Melissa Mathison.
16 October 1992.

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FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY


The Himalayas.

A still photograph, a portrait, of a mountain;  the north
face of Chomolungma - a peak also known as Mount Everest -
twenty-nine thousand feet high.

We hear a very young boy speak.

		BOY (VO)
	Mama, my story.

A woman speaks:

		WOMAN (VO)
	Again?

		BOY (VO)
	Tell me.

Portrait of a mountain - Khangbochen - craggy peaks covered
with snow, twenty-four thousand feet high.

		WOMAN (VO)
	Your father had been very ill,
	We thought he would die, and some
	animals had died.

		BOY (VO)
	Cow.

Portrait of a mountain - Shishapangma - twenty-six thousand
feet high.

		WOMAN (VO)
	And a yak.  And chickens.  And we
	had four years of bad crops, all
	the farmers did.

Portrait of a mountain - Anye Machin II - twenty thousand
feet high and slightly obscured by clouds.

		WOMAN (VO)
	In the night, I knew you were coming.

Now, the foothills.  The still photograph of this barren
mountain range comes to life as we see something moving.

It is a small caravan - traveling this narrow mountain pass.

		WOMAN (VO)
	At dawn, you were born.

CLOSER on this caravan.  We can make out eight or ten men,
walking, and on horseback, dressed in heavy, brocade coats,
and large woolen hats, black braids trailing down their
backs.  A yellow palanquin is carried by four large monks,
wearing maroon robes.

The caravan reaches the top of the mountain pass and turns -
a sudden shift in direction - a switchback.  The travelers
head downhill.

		BOY (VO)
	Tell me.

Now, we see the mens's destination.  A lake.  An incredibly
blue, circular lake, sunk between snow-dusted mountains.  It
is LHAMO I' LATSO - "the Oracle Lake" - and it shimmers in
the sunlight.

As the lake comes into view, a young man pushes back the
curtain of the yellow palanquin and peers down at it.

The man is dressed in royal robes.  He is young, twenty four
years old.  His name is RETING RINPOCHE.  He is the Regent
of Tibet.

The color of the lake changes - from brilliant turquoise, to
a deep, murky, unfathomable darkness.

		WOMAN (VO)
	You were a beautiful baby.
	So calm.

		BOY (VO)
	No cried?

The woman laughs.

		WOMAN (VO)
	Maybe, just a little.

The palanquin is set down on a flat rock overlooking the
lake.  The water's color changes again, to a deep purple,
then blue again, then red, then indigo.

		WOMAN (VO)
	And that day, your father
	got better.  He named you Lhamo.
	"The Protector."

		BOY (VO)
	I know.

Silence.

The noblemen and monks surround Reting as he steps out of
the palanquin.

One man stands out here, a monk, a high lama in fact, with a
kind face and fantastic, mesmerizing eyes.  He is the LAMA
OF SERA.

		WOMAN (VO)
	Go to sleep, Lhamo.

Reting stares at the lake.

The water turns a light grey, and an image appears - obscure
at first, then becoming more solid.  A vision.

He sees a house - a small, stone, one-story, u-shaped house.

The house has a flat, tile roof and an unusual, wooden rain
gutter, with windows outlined in black and a prayer flag in
the courtyard.  A spotted dog is in front of the house,
barking, though we cannot hear him.  The vision becomes
completely clear, for an instant - clear enough to see the
face of a young boy at the window.

CLOSE on Reting Rinpoche.  Looking.  Searching.

Cut to:  a portrait of a mountain:  Kyeri - a majestic,
glacier mountain - the "house mountain" of the village of
Takster, Amdo Province, North Eastern Tibet.

Sound returns as the wind whistles around this jagged,
mountain peak and then the view moves down, below the tree
line, and into the rhododendron forest and the farmlands,
until it comes to rest on a small, stone, u-shaped house.  A
house caught in the dawn's mist.

CLOSE on the face of a sleeping child:  a boy, LHAMO
DHONDRUP, age two and one-half years.  He is dreaming.  He
is about to wake up.

Today, his life will change.

We stay on the boy's face until, slowly, his eyes open -
beautiful, dark, eyes.

INT.  TIBETAN PEASANT HOME, KITCHEN   DAWN (1937)

The MOTHER walks past the boy, her woolen skirt swaying in
the rosy light.  A seven year-old brother - LOBSANG SAMTEN -
and a teenage sister - TSERING DOLMA - share Lhamo's kitchen
mattress.  Lhamo looks at them, and then he turns to see the
heavy felt boots of his FATHER, as the man walks through the
room and out the door.  Lhamo finds the kind face of his
MOTHER.  She is looking at him.

EXT.  COURTYARD  DAWN

The boy walks across the stone courtyard as we hear the
sounds of this country morning:  the snorting of horses,
clucking of hens, a command from the Father as the man feeds
the animals.

The boy scratches, he pees.  He sees his Mother on the roof.
She is a silhouette against the dawn, as she feeds cedar and
yak chips into the incense burner - sending white, curly
smoke up, to circle the prayer flag and its clusters of
printed mantras.

We pull back as the spotted dog begins to bark.

Lhamo's house is the house in the vision.

INT.  KITCHEN  MORNING

It is a good day.  There is cheese for breakfast.

Lhamo's Father sits on a cushion at the head of a low table.
Fresh bread appears, yogurt, roasted barley (tsampa).

Lhamo pushes at his Father.

		LHAMO
	Me.

		FATHER
	No.  This must stop.

		LHAMO
	Me.  Here.

		FATHER
	I am the father.  You sit there.

		LHAMO
	Me here.

		MOTHER
	What is the harm?

		FATHER
	He will grow up all wrong.
	Only you can serve him,
	only you can wash his bowl.
	Too tidy, everything just so.
	He must know his place.

		LOBSANG SAMTEN
	He thinks he is king here.
	No respect.

		MOTHER
	What is the harm?

The Father reluctantly gets up and gives his seat to Lhamo.
Lhamo settles and waits for his Mother to hand him his bowl
of tsampa.  He bestows a most beautiful smile on his family.

EXT.  COURTYARD  DAY

The Father is leaving the yard with a short string of horses
when there is a sudden commotion.

The CHINESE GOVERNOR is passing through this little village.

He is a ferocious looking man, dressed in ornate brocade,
his horse eguipped with tack that looks like armor.  He is
surrounded by a dozen Chinese soldiers, all on huge horses,
ruling the road, kicking up mud.

Lhamo's Father stops.  He holds still.  He looks to the
house.

The Mother is holding the children against her in the
doorway.  Quiet.  Watching.

The Governor and his entourage move on.  When they are out
of sight, Lhamo's Father makes his departure.

EXT.  COURTYARD  DAY

Lhamo straddles the window sill, slapping his bottom as if
he were a horse, shouting:

		LHAMO
	I go away.
	Look, mama, I go away.
	Far, far, far.

His Mother is making bread in the kitchen.

		MOTHER
	Oh, no.  Where will he go?

		LHAMO
	Far, far away.

INT.  KITCHEN  DUSK

Lhamo is playing a game with pebbles on the raised, wooden
platform in the kitchen.  The fire is lit.  He is alone.

The dog begins to bark.

		MOTHER (OC)
	Good day.

		MAN (OC)
	Good day.

		MOTHER (OC)
	Please, come in, so cold.

		MAN (OC)
	We are traveling to Lhasa.  May
	we...?

		MOTHER (OC)
	Of course, please, this way.
	Your servant may use the kitchen.

		MAN (OC)
	Thank you.

A middle-aged man, the SERVANT, wearing heavy, ragged
clothes and wrapped boots, enters the kitchen.

Lhamo slides over so that the man can sit on the platform
beside him.  The man picks up a few pebbles and drops them -
he knows the game.

We recognize this servant.  His name is KEUSTANG RINPOCHE.
He is one of the monks we saw at the Oracle lake, the one
with the mesmerizing eyes.  Keustang Rinpoche is the Lama of
Sera Monastery.

Lhamo sees a dark brown rosary around the Servant's neck and
immediately pulls at the string of beads.

		LHAMO
	Mine.

The Servant takes the rosary off and gives it to the boy.
Lhamo hangs the string of beads around his own neck.  The
Servant makes a move to take back the rosary, but Lhamo
resists.

		LHAMO
	Mine.

		SERVANT
	Mine.

		LHAMO
	Please.

		SERVANT
	I will give it to, if you can
	tell me who I am.

Lhamo looks up, into the man's piercing, black eyes.

		LHAMO
	The Lama of Sera.
	You come.

The Mother enters and immediately sees the rosary around her
son's neck.  She gives it back to the Servant.

		MOTHER
	Lhamo, no.

Lhamo goes back to his game.  The Mother hands the tired man
a slice of bread and a steaming cup of tea.  The man's
hands are shaking.  He cannot look the woman in the eye.

		SERVANT
	Thank you.

EXT.  COURTYARD  DAWN

The travelers make their departure at dawn.

As the party reaches the gate, Lhamo runs from the house,
crying:

		LHAMO
	Wait!  No!

The men stop.  Lhamo runs to the Servant.

		LHAMO
	Me, too.  Me go, too.
	Lhasa!

Lhamo is in tears.

		MOTHER
	No, no, no.  Lhasa!
	He always says he will travel
	far away.  He always wants to go.

		SERVANT
	We cannot, young master.

		LHAMO
	You come back?

A pause.

		SERVANT
	We will.

The travelers head down the road.

Mother and child return to their home, the Mother carrying
the boy on her hip as he swings himself around to take a
last look at the strangers.

EXT.  COURTYARD  DAWN

The Father readies a pack train of horses.  Lobsang and
Lhamo pull on the cinche straps.

EXT.  FARMLAND  DAY

The Mother plows with a heavy yoke attached to a large yak.
Lobsang Samten and Tsering Dolma help their mother.  Lhamo
sleeps under an umbrella.

EXT.  COURTYARD  DAY

Lobsang and Lhamo running, carrying a bowl of eggs.

INT.  KITCHEN  NIGHT

Lobsang is wrapped in maroon wool, trying to hold still as
his Mother pins and stitches.  Lhamo sits, sipping tea,
watching, woefully.

		MOTHER
	Say, Kumbum Monastery.

		LOBSANG
	Kumbum. It is not far away.

		MOTHER
	It is not far at all, and
	it is a beautiful place.
	And your big brother is abbott
	there. You will not be alone.

		LOBSANG
	I will be very smart.

		MOTHER
	You will be fine.
	You will be a fine monk.

INT.  ALTAR ROOM  DAWN

Lobsang pours water from one small, copper bowl into six
others, seven in all, placed on an altar before a statue of
Buddha.  As the rest of the family watches, the Mother
lights the butter lamps, whispering:

		MOTHER
	Om mani padme hum.
	Om mani padme hum.

EXT.  COURTYARD  DAY

Lobsang is perched on the back of a horse - in front of his
Father.  The two leave home, goodbyes having already been
said.  Mother, sister and little brother remain behind.

EXT.  PARENT'S ROOM  NIGHT

Mother lies down with Lhamo, holding him.

		MOTHER
	Your father had been very sick.
	He had been sick from the time
	you began growing in me.
	We thought he would die.

		LHAMO
	Cow.

		MOTHER
	Yes.  A cow had died.
	One night, you stopped all
	your moving, and I said to your
	sister, "His time has come."

		LHAMO
	Me.  First break of day.

		MOTHER
	At dawn, you were born. One eye was
	closed, and your sister opened it
	with her thumb.  We gave you the
	sweet drink.

		LHAMO
	I pooped.

His Mother laughs.

		MOTHER
	You did.  We washed you and wrapped
	you in sheepskin and took you to your
	father.  That day he father got
	better

	And that day, a pair of crows came to
	nest in our roof.  I just remembered.

		LHAMO
	I miss my brother.

		MOTHER
	I miss him too.

CLOSE on the Mother as she holds Lhamo, now her only son at
home.

A view of Kyeri mountain turning from a pre-dawn purple to
light pink in the sunlight.

EXT.  COURTYARD  DAWN

The multi-colored prayer flags flap in the wind as the cock
crows and the animals come awake.  Father exits the house
and begins his day.

EXT.  SIDE OF THE HOUSE  DAY

Lhamo is watching two bugs fighting when he hears the dog
bark.  He climbs the low, stone wall and looks out at the
road.

Six TRAVELERS approach.  Four of the men are dressed as
nobility, wearing red and gold silk.  Two men are monks.

The Mother meets the men in the courtyard. A monk steps
forward.  He bows.

		LAMA
	I am the Lama of Sera.

		MOTHER
	Sera Monastery?  From Lhasa?

		LAMA
	Yes.  We have business here.

Lhamo jumps off the wall.  He carefully lifts the smaller
beetle from the path of the larger beetle.  He places the
rescued bug safely in a clump of grass.

INT. PARENT'S ROOM  DAY

CLOSE on the faces of the six men.

CLOSE on the small face of Lhamo as he looks down at the
bed.

Lying on a piece of yellow silk are many objects.  There are
three of each type of object:  three walking sticks, three
drums, three silver pens, three eating bowls, three bells,
three rosaries, three pairs of spectacles.

The Lama of Sera - Keustang Rinpoche - hands Lhamo the
rosary he had so coveted when the man first visited.

		KEUSTANG RINPOCHE
	This is yours, you say.
	What else belongs to you?

Lhamo considers the request, then climbs onto the bed to
study the objects.  The drum and the bell he chooses
quickly.

Keustang Rinpoche watches the boy gather the items.  He
looks at the yellow silk and the boy's small, fine hands.
He dares not look directly at the boy.

Lhamo picks up one walking stick - a lovely, bronze-handled
one.  He swings it around, but he finally rejects it in
favor of a plain, iron-handled stick.  He makes his own pile
of these things, then looks at the Lama of Sera.

		KEUSTANG RINPOCHE
	Yes, those are yours.

Keustang Rinpoche takes the boy's hands in his own.  He
turns them over, examines them.

		KEUSTANG RINPOCHE
	With permission?

The Lama carefully pulls back the boy's overalls.  There is
a little birthmark, like a conch shell, on his shoulder.

Keustang Rinpoche pulls up the boy's pants legs.  There is a
funny skin marking on the legs, like tiger stripes.

The Lama rearranges the boy's clothing, then one more time,
takes the beautiful, little hands in his own and whispers:

		KEUSTANG RINPOCHE
	"Kundun"

He says to the others, in a soft, secretive voice:

		KEUSTANG RINPOCHE
	He is the Presence.

In the background, by an open curtain, we see Lhamo's
Mother.

She says, softly:

		MOTHER
	My oldest boy is an incarnation.

		KEUSTANG RINPOCHE
	So is your youngest.

Keustang releases the boy's hands and brings his own closed
palms up to his forehead.

		KEUSTANG RINPOCHE
	I wish you long life.

The Mother begins to cry.

INT.  ALTAR ROOM  DAY

Little Lhamo, now dressed in yellow, fills the copper water
bowls with difficulty.

His parents stand beside him.  They share one, frightened
curious look.

CLOSE on the statue of Buddha.  It is an image of Chenrezig,
the Buddha of Compassion.  He has eleven heads and four,
outstretched arms.

EXT.  COUNTRYSIDE  DAY

Lhamo sits in the saddle in front of his Mother.  His Father
and Sister ride beside them, through an incredible, empty,
Tibetan landscape.  A Monk rides lead.

EXT.  EST. SHOT / KUMBUM MONASTERY  DAY

Turquoise-roof, golden-pagoda, a beautiful, white-washed
monastery built against a terraced, green hillside of Amdo.

INT.  PRIVATE ROOM, MONASTERY  DAY

Mother pats her son Lhamo's unruly hair and makes a soft,
comforting sound.  Lobsang is there beside his brother.
Lobsang is already dressed as a tiny monk - in a maroon
robe, with short, clipped hair  An older brother, TAKSTER,
age 17, a lama, is there.

The Mother lies:

		MOTHER
	I will be back in a few days.

		LHAMO
	How many?

		MOTHER
	Two.

Lhamo holds up two fingers.

		LHAMO
	This many?

		MOTHER
	Yes, yes.  Your brothers
	are here.

Takster moves closer.  She places the sad youngster in
Takster's arms.

		MOTHER
	One more kiss.

Lhamo kisses her, as does Lobsang and even Takster falls
into her arms for a moment.  Then, she turns and goes,
quickly.

A Monk appears.  He produces a concertina and begins to play
for the little boy.

But, Lhamo begins to cry, through the music, through the
hugs of his brothers.  As a result of Lhamo's tears, Lobsang
begins to cry.  Takster holds them both.  The music
continues. The older, wiser, Takster begins to cry, too.
The three brothers hold one another.  Three brothers, three
monks, crying for their mother.  The music continues,
echoing in this stone monastery.

The young "Kundun" is gently rocked by his older brother.

He begins to fall asleep.

DREAM SEQUENCE

The sound of the concertina becomes chanting and we see row
after row of monks, in a temple, their voices mingling in
the empty room.

View of a courtyard, with young novices, reciting.  Lobsang
is among them.

		BOYS'S VOICES (VO)
	"May I be the doctor and
	the medicine,
	And may I be the nurse,
	For all sick beings in the world,
	until everyone is healed."

A TEACHER, a very stern-looking monk, carrying a thick, flat
board, menacingly, behind his back, walks among the
students.

A golden head of a Buddha - a huge head - appears to be
bursting through an archway at the end of a dark hallway.

The Chinese Governor stands, like a giant, against the blue
sky.  Omnipotent.  Frightening.

		CHINESE GOVERNOR
	I want him accompanied by my
	Chinese soldiers.

Keustang Rinpoche, also a head against blue sky, argues:

		KEUSTANG RINPOCHE
	This is Tibet. We are not
	under your authority.

CLOSE on the Chinese Governor.

		CHINESE GOVERNOR
	I want one hundred thousand
	Chinese dollars, if you want the
	boy.

CLOSE on Keustang Rinpoche.  Slowly, he nods.

An image of the Father and the Mother, standing in their
courtyard, staring at the departing search party.

The Mother asks over and over:

		MOTHER
	But why?  Who is Lhamo?
	Who do they say he is?

Her husband does not know.

View of the Mother, on the roof, feeding cedar and yak chips
into the incense burner.  We hear:

		BOYS (reciting)
	"May I be protector for those
	without one."

DRAAM SEQUENCE ENDS

Lhamo wakes up.  He is in a brilliant, green room.

INT. STUDY ROOM, KUMBUM MONASTERY  DAY

The stern-looking Teacher from his dream is there, reading
scripture, reciting:

		TEACHER
	"May I be a bridge, a boat, a ship
	For all who wish to cross the water."

Lhamo looks down at the complicated words.

		TEACHER
	Can you recite?

The boy just waits, sad, lonely.

The Teacher offers Lhamo an apricot.  Lhamo takes the fruit.
The Monk pats the boy's head, gently, and Lhamo takes
shelter in the kind man's massive robes.  The view becomes
sunlight through deep, maroon wool.

INT. DRELJAM  DAY

thamo and Lobsang  sit inside a •dreljam" - a rough
palanquin, which is attached to two poles and carried
between two mules.  The vehicle rises and falls, pitches and
twists as it is carried along the roadless, Tibetan plains.

Lhamo reaches forward and pulls back a curtain.

EXT.  TIBETAN PLATEAU  DAY

The boy is traveling with a caravan.  It is not, in fact, an
enormous caravan, maybe fifty people, including:  Lhamo's
family, members of the search party, monks, Muslim traders.

The dreljam DRIVER looks over at Lhamo and signals that the
boy should close the curtain.

Lhamo does so, only to lean across his brother to look out
the other side of his tiny carriage.

The other side opens to a view of the great, empty land.  A
herd of deer grazes beside the travelers.  Mountains rise in
the distance.  A flock of geese flies overhead.

Lhamo closes the curtain.

INT. DRELJAM  DAY

Lhamo elbows his brother.  Lobsang elbows him back.  The two
begin to squabble.

		LHAMO
	You have all the room.

		LOBSANG
	Don't be a baby, move over.

		LHAMO
	You move.

		LOBSANG
	You!  You think you are so
	big!

They hit and pinch until finally the movement of the
carriage stops.  The Driver reaches in through the open
curtains and separates the boys, each to his own side of the
dreljam.

Inside his tiny carriage, young Lhamo now sits quiet and
composed.

EXT.  CAMPSITE  NIGHT

A cluster of fantastic, Tibetan tents are set up; white
cotton tents, with sharp corners, peaked ceilings and
elaborate, appliqued designs.  Campfires glow, animals bed
down, stars shine overhead.

INT.  TIBETAN TENT  NIGHT

CLOSE on a group of ancient, stern-faced MONKS.

CLOSE on the baby-faced, Lhamo Dhondrup.

One Monk pulls a huge pair of scissors from his robes.

Lhamo makes a dive for the tent's door.

EXT. TENT  NIGHT

Standing outside the tent is a BODYGUARD - a huge, burly
man, wearing monk's robes.  He turns to the boy.  In one
hand he holds a big stick.  His face is distorted and
deformed by a large tumor under one eye.  It is a
frightening sight.  He looks like a monster to the child.

Lhamo jumps back inside the tent.  The Bodyguard closes the
appliqued flap.

INT.  DRELJAM  DAY

Lhamo has had a haircut.  His Mother walks beside the
carriage, holding his hand.

		LHAMO
	Who am I?

		MOTHER
	We do not know.

EXT. PLAINS OF TIBET  NIGHT

By candlelight, Lhamo is transferred from the rugged, simple
carriage, to one of exquisite, yellow silk.

INT. PALANQUIN  JUST BEFORE DAWN

Lhamo peeks out of the silk curtain as he hears the arrival
of many horses, many men.  SOLDIERS - hundreds of Tibetan
soldiers - surround the palanquin.

EXT.  PLAINS, OUTSIDE LHASA  DAWN

The yellow palanquin is carried across a human border of
Tibetan noblemen.  These fantastic-looking men and women
part, and drop to the ground in prostration, as the
palanquin moves through their welcoming committee.

INT. PEACOCK TENT  DAWN

Lhamo walks along a long, patterned carpet, looking up, at
this lofty tent's stunning, blue silk, ceiling.

He is led to a tall, wooden throne, and he is lifted, and
then he climbs to the top.  Lhamo settles in a cross-legged
position on the brocade cushion.

He looks down.

Hundred of monks, abbots, noblemen, Nepalese, Bhutanese,
Chinese, even a red-headed Englishman - they all bow to
Lhamo.

Reting Rinpoche, the young Regent of Tibet, the man who saw
this boy's face in his vision, stands below the throne.  He
addresses the crowd:

		RETING RINPOCHE
	Chenrezi, the Buddha of compassion.
	The Wish Fulfilling Jewel.
	The Fourteenth Dalai Lama.

And the Regent turns, hikes up his gorgeous robes, and
prostrates before the child.

		RETING RINPOCHE
	Long life.

In the crowd stand Lhamo's Mother and Father and Lobsang
Samten.

On their faces, we must see that they did not realize who
their son, their brother, was believed to be.

First the Mother, and then the Father, bow in front of their
youngest child.

		MOTHER
	Long life.

		FATHER
	Long life.

Finally, Lobsang.

		LOBSANG
	Long life, Lhamo.

We hear the sound of a great, Tibetan horn.

We hear peels of childish laughter.

INT.  THE POTALA  DAY

Lobsang and Lhamo skid, slide, skate down the endless,
slippery hallways of this huge, labyrinthine monastery.

Three Monks scurry behind the boys, trying to keep up,
trying to keep the young incarnate from slipping out of
their sight.

They shout, in loud stage whispers:

		MONKS
	Kundun!  Kundun!

The monks are no match for the little boys, who are quickly
out of sight.

INT. DALAI LAMA'S PRIVATE ROOMS  THE POTALA  DAY

Reting Rinpoche sits cross-legged on the floor of this
brightly-painted, red room.

Across from him sits Lhamo, dressed in fine, yellow silk.

These are simple rooms, decorated with statues, deity
scrolls and mandalas, an altar to Buddha.  Behind a glass
case are toys, mixed in with the Buddhist artifacts:  dolls,
puppets, balls, blocks, trains.

Reting Rinpoche is speaking.

		RETING RINPOCHE
	Centuries ago, a young boy was
	born.  His name was Gedundrub.
	The night of his birth, robbers
	came to his home and his family
	fled hiding the baby in a cattle
	pen. When they returned the next
	day, the baby was safe. They found
	him guarded by a pair of black crows.

	He was the first Dalai Lama.

	The Living Buddha of Compassion.

	Now, you have chosen to come back to
	this life once again.

Reting blows his nose.

		RETING RINPOCHE
	We name you Tenzin Gyatso.

CLOSE on Lhamo - Tenzin Gyatso.

		RETING RINPOCHE
	Your job is simple.
	You are to love all living things.
	Just love them.  Care for them.
	Have compassion for them.

	"As long as any living thing draws
	breath, wherever he shall be, there
	in compassion, shall the Buddha
	appear, incarnate."

At the curtain behind Lhamo, we notice the curly-toed shoes
of a monk, a man who must be standing in the next room.

INT. DALAI LAMA'S PRIVATE ROOMS  DAY

In the room immediately adjacent to this bedroom, we now see
the three Monks who chased the young boy down the slippery
halls.

They are the Dalai Lama's personal attendants - the MASTER
OF THE RITUAL, the MASTER OF ThE KITCHEN, and the MASTER OF
THE ROBE.  (It is the Master of the Kitchen who stands
directly behind the curtain.)

The LORD CHAMBERLAIN is also there.  He is a monk.  A tall,
angular man, with almost nordic features:  large, round
eyes, a yellowish mustache, sharp nose.

All of these men will become quite familiar to us, as will
the man standing, listening, behind the attendants.

He is a sweeper, a man named NORBU THUNDRUP, age thirty.  He
is tall, and gangly, with a wispy beard and a pock-marked
face.

INT.  DALAI LAMA'S PRIVATE ROOM  DAY

		RETING RINPOCHE
	You will be the leader of
	the Tibetan people when you come of
	age.  Until that time, I will be
	your teacher, and as your Regent,
	I will rule in your name.

	I will tell your Lord
	Chamberlain you are ready to
	see him.

INT.  ADJACENT ROOM  DAY

The Regent walks through this room on his way out.
A passing look from Norbu lets us know that Reting
Rinpoche is not well-liked.

		RETING RINPOCHE
	He will see you now.

The Lord Chamberlain goes to meet with the Dalai Lama.

INT.  DALAI LAMA'S PRIVATE ROOM  DAY

The Lord Chamberlain bows to the boy and then unpacks his
parcel.

He has a rolled, parchment document.
He has a beautiful, carved, wooden box.

The Lord Chamberlain points to the mural on the wall behind
the boy.  It is an elaborate, story-painting.

		LORD CHAMBERLAIN
	Fifth Dalai Lama.

The boy looks.

The Lord Chamberlain points to a golden statue of a round
man in a peaked hat.

		LORD CHAMBBERLAIN
	Seventh Dalai Lama.

Tenzin Gyatso nods.

The Lord Chamberlain lifts a framed photograph of a bald,
charismatic man, with razor sharp eyebrows, pictured sitting
on a throne.

		LORD CHAMBERLAIN
	Thirteenth Dalai Lama.

The boy looks at the photo.

The Lord Chamberlain places the state seal in the young
boy's hands and indicates that the boy should bring the
heavy instrument down hard on the parchment.

The boy does.  The Lord Chamberlain scribbles a little
something on a tab of attached paper, then bows to the boy.

		LORD CHAMBERLAIN
	Fourteenth Dalai Lama.

VIEW FROM A HIGH WINDOW

Outside, up a country path, young herders lead their cattle
in from the grazing fields.  We can hear the boys singing -
a Tibetan street song.

		TENZIN GYATSO (OC)
	I am the good one. You be bad.
	The bad man.

INT. DALAI LAMA'S PRIVATE ROOM  DUSK

The view comes in the window and reveals the young Dalai
Lama, sitting on the floor with Norbu Thundrup, the sweeper.
Tenzin Gyatso has arranged a battlefield of soldiers -
little men, made of colored-dough.

		NORBU THUNDRUP
	My name is Norbu,
	Holiness.  I will be good,
	you be bad.

Tenzin Gyatso is ferocious in his strategy, taking Norbu's
men.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	I'm on a big mountain
	and hitting at the bad men.
	And after the game, we're going
	to trade.  You just stay
	over there, no, there!, Norbu,
	and I will shoot at you.
	I want your land.  I take it.
	I am stronger.

		NORBU THUNDRUP
	I am braver.

Norbu Thundrup plays like a child.  It is a fight to the
finish.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	I have more men.

		NORBU ThUNDRUP
	I have smarter men.

Tenzin Gyatso has lost;  he dissolves into tears.

		NORBU THUNDRUP
	Today you lose.  Tomorrow you
	may win.

Norbu snaps his fingers.

		NORBU THUNDRUP
	Things change, Kundun.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Why is your beard so funny?
	Let me touch this.

Tenzin touches the soft, bald, chin of Norbu.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Soft.

And then, Tenzin Gyatso tries to snap his fingers.  He
cannot.

INT.  DALAI LAMA'S PRIVATE ROOMS  DUSK

Tenzin Gyatso stands at the window, watching, listening.
His hands knead the colored dough into balls, ready to
create the next army, the future battleground, as he
recites, softly:

		TENZIN GYATSO
	"As long as all living draw
	breaths, there Buddha is."

Norbu Thundrup smiles as he polishes the floor, clearing it
of tsampa dough.

INT.  GREAT HALL, THE POTALA  DAY

The Great Hall in the Potala is the seat of Tibetan
Government.

These palace walls are hung with beautiful, old thangkas
(silk embroideries or paintings),  depicting the life of
Buddha.

Inside the hall sits the acting government:  the YIGSTANG
and the TSITANG - four monks, four laymen - all dressed in
their appropriate simplicity and elaborateness.  These men
sit in two rows, facing one another.  The senior monk and
the senior layman sit a bit forward. They are the speakers.

The senior LAYMAN is on his knees, speaking.

		LAYMAN
	I believe that the Regent is asking
	for too high a reward for his part in
	finding the Dalai Lama.  Too much
	money, too much land.

INT.  HALLWAY  DAY

Tenzin Gyatso peeks through a door at the great assembly.

The Lord Chamberlian stands behind him.

INT. GREAT HALL  DAY

The Layman continues.

		LAYMAN
	Our treasuries are empty.  Our army
	is depleted.  He would have us pull
	the hair from our noses.

INT.  HALLWAY  DAY

The Dalai Lama is confused, but continues listening.

INT.  GREAT HALL  DAY

The Layman returns to his cross-legged position.

The senior MONK speaks.

		MONK
	We note this.  Now, the Chinese.

There is audible expression of tension.

		MONK
	The Allies wish to build a supply-
	road from India, crossing Tibet, as
	part of their war effort.  The road
	would lead directly to China.

The Layman gets to his knees.

		LAYMAN
	We cannot allow it.
	Right now, we have a only a small
	Chinese mission in Lhasa, the first
	since the Thirteenth Dalai Lama
	threw them out in 1912.
	The road would increase the size of
	that mission. The Chinese would
	try to control our trade, as they did
	once before, control our contact
	with the outside world.

INT.  HALLWAY  DAY

The Lord Chamberlain touches the boy's shoulder and Tenzin
Gyatso leaves his hiding place, as the speaker's voice fades
away.

As the two walk down the hallway, Tenzin Gyatso spots an
unusual wooden door.  He lets the Lord Chamberlain get a
little bit ahead of him, and then the boy tries the door.
It is heavy.  It almost opens.

INT.  HALLWAY  LATER, DUSK

Tenzin Gyatso and his brother Lobsang are pulling at the
heavy door.  Behind them, in the distance, we hear:

		MONKS (OC)
	Kundun!  Kundun!

The door opens.  The boys disappear inside.

INT.  STORAGE ROOM  DUSK

A treasure awaits them.

It looks like Aladdin's cave - full of odd, European items.

There are glittering music boxes, a porcelain sink, a gilded
mirror, a lacquered rocking horse.  There are hats,
umbrellas and even a pair of lace-up, cordovan shoes.
Tenzin Gyatso lifts a reel of film.  There are piles of
magazines and books.  There is a stack of tires in the back
corner.  The boys uncover a train set and a good collection
of lead soldiers.  The Dalai Lama pockets a gold watch.

Just as the monks find their young charges and we hear them
at the door, Tenzin sees something truly spectacular.  It is
a telescope.

The monks enter the room as the young Dalai Lama reaches for
this miracle.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	What is it?

		THE ATTENDANTS
	Ah, it is a telescope, Holiness.
	With this you can see a long way.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	And, is it mine?

		ATTENDANT
	These are all gifts sent to
	your predecessors.

		LOBSANG SAMTEN
	Yes!  Then it is yours!

		TENZIN GYATSO
	I need it.

INT.  DALAI LAMA'S PRIVATE ROOMS  NIGHT

We are in the adjacent room, listening, as Norbu Thundrup
tells a bedtime story.

Golden butter lamps burn before a statue of Buddha.

		NORBU THUNDRUP (OC)
	One night, not too long
	ago, an old monk saw a woman in that
	very same hallway where you ran away.

INT.  BEDROOM  NIGHT

The boy is in bed.  The Sweeper finishes-off his story as
the boy wiggles deeper under the covers.

		NORBU THUNDRUP
	She carried a basket in
	her arms, a big, heavy basket, and
	the old monk cautiously approached.
	She opened her basket and showed what
	she had.  Heads.  Human heads. Only
	the heads.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Is that true or pretend?

		NORBU THUNDRUP
	It is a story, you decide.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Pretend.

		NORBU THUNDRUP
	As you say.

The Sweeper tucks the boy in as the Master of the Robe
finishes his nightly preparations and with a pat and a
smile, the two men leave the room.

A mouse steals a bit of tsampa from the offerings placed on
the altar before the Buddha.

Tenzin Gyatso peeks out from under his covers and looks to
see if those curly-toed shoes are visible under the
partition.  They are.  The Master of the Kitchen is still
near.

Tenzin Gyatso pulls the golden pocket watch from under the
covers.  He pries and digs at the back of the watch until he
succeeds in popping it open, revealing its miraculous
insides.

Finally, Tenzin Gyatso's eyelids grow heavy.  The camera
passes over his face, as his eyes close.

The boy begins to speak, mumble, as he falls asleep:

		TENZIN GYATSO
	"I be an island for those who
	seek one, a lamp for light."

We find two scrolls;  the first is PENDEN LHAMO, the special
protectress of the Dalai Lama.

She rides her wild mule through a sea of blood - between
rows of jagged mountains.  Pointed fingers and spreading
toes, her hair gone crazy, her fangs revealed - the details
are incredible.  A garland of freshly severed heads hangs
around her body, snakes hold up her skirt, five skulls form
ber crown.

		TENZIN GYATSO (VO)
	"May I be a bed for all who wish
	to rest,
	and a slave for all who want a
	slave."

Beside her, on the second scroll is MAHAKALA.  He is the
fierce representation of the Buddha of Compassion.  Crows
fly in the clouds to the left of the terrifying, black, six-
armed figure.

A skull rosary is held in the upper right arm, a Trident is
held in the left hand.  The deity wears a crown of five
skulls.  He has three eyes.  He tramples an elephant.

We might have been in a dream, as the camera finally moves
back to find the peaceful1 protected face of the young Dalai
Lama.  Asleep.

The camera moves across the mural devoted to the story of
the Fifth Dalai Lama.  It is a fantasy of green, with
mountains and lakes and deities and monsters.

We find the statue of Seventh Dalai Lama, sitting on his
golden cushion, and we look, deep into the eyes of the
Thirteenth Dalai Lama.  Fantastic.  Deeper.  Deeper.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	"May I be wishing jewel, a magic
	vase...

VIEW THROUGH AN EYEPIECE

We see the Dalai Lama place his young eye at the viewfinder.

EXT.  TERRACE, POTALA  DAY

Norbu Thundrup holds the boy steady.

And, a wondorous view of Lhasa is presented.

Vendors hawk their goods to elegant ladies, wearing
turquoise jewelry and carrying silken parasols.  Animals are
herded through town by young boys.  Children play and
squabble.  A white wall is covered with cartoons, lampoons -
political posters - picturing the Regent, perhaps, as a man
holding too much power.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	I want to go down there.

		NORBU THUNDRUP
	You can only go with attendants and a
	big ceremony.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	I want to run down the street.
	I want to buy a toy.  Eat from
	the shops.

		NORBU THUNDRUP
	You cannot.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	I want to be a shepherd, taking those
	goats and cows out to the hillside.

		NORBU THUNDRUP
	But you are not a shepherd, you are
	the Dalai Lama.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Maybe in the next life, the
	world will not need a Dalai Lama.

		NORNU ThUNDRUP
	I would not know.  Maybe.

The view travels and we see a prison yard.  Shackled men
share the yard with hairy, fat dogs.

One man looks up and sees that the yard is under
surveillance.  Of course the men all know that this terrace
belongs to the boy Dalai Lama.

As the boy watches, first one poor, ragged man, then another
prostrates.

Tenzin Gyatso pulls away from the telescope.  He waves to
the prisoners.

EXT.  VALLEY OUTSIDE LHASA  DAY  (SUMMER, 1942)

The boy rides in his palanquin of yellow silk.

He is older now, seven or eight.  He peers through the
curtain.

A grand procession carries the Dalai Lama from the Potala to
his summer residence, the Norbulinka.

Monks walk in procession, as do members of the aristocracy,
wearing their finest gowns and jewelry, holding their finest
parasols, and soldiers, wearing ancient uniforms.  There are
horses, banners and carriages.  Bodyguards carry the Dalai
Lama's possessions - wrapped in yellow silk.  A band plays,
"God Save the King."

It is a magnificent display, and along the side of the road,
Tibetans prostrate in the presence of the boy, not daring to
look at him.

EXT.  THE NORBULINKA  DAY

Establishing shot of this lovely park.

Zt looks like a sweet, summer home compared to the looming
expansiveness of the Potala.  It is filled with deer and
antelope, peacocks and nesting birds.  An eccentric
collection of trees grow here - some indigenous, some
gifts - bearing flowers and fruit.  There are fish ponds and
even a Kyichu river tributary nearby.

We find the young Dalai Lama standing by this tributary
daring to put one foot on a slippery, stepping stone.  An
Attendant gently pulls him back.

Beyond the river, a herder leads a small group of braying
sheep towards town.  The boy watches.  He listens to the
herder's song.

EXT.  GARDENS, NORBULINKA  DAY

The Dalai Lama drops bits of food into a fish pond.  He
calls the huge, lazy fish to come eat.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Little ones first, only
	little ones.

The boy pushes the bigger ones away with a stick.

EXT.  YELLOW WALL, NORBULINKA  DAY

Tenzin Gyatso runs through an open gate in a mustard yellow
wall (which separates the Dalai Lama's residence from the
rest of the Norbulinka), and up the steps leading to a
white, one story, home - his parent's.

INT.  PARENT'S HOME, NORBULINKA  DAY

A startling, blue room.

The young Dalai Lama leans on the table where is Father sits
eating pork rinds.

Lobsang is there, practicing his writing on a chalk board.

Tenzin Gyatso grabs one pork rind, then another, then a
third.

		LOBSANG SAMTEN
	The Dalai Lama is not supposed
	to eat pork.  It is not good for
	your brain.

The Father uses the grease from the roasted lamb on the
table to caress his long mustache and twirl each side into a
point.

The Dalai Lama takes another, and then, suddenly, the boy
reaches up and for no reason, he pulls on his Father's
mustache, obviously hurting the man.  The Father slaps the
boy's hand, hard.

The boy sits back, and begins drawing imaginary letters on
the tabletop with his slapped hand.

His Father reaches out and takes the hurt hand.  He pulls
the boy into his arms.

		FATHER
	I am sorry, Lhamo.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	It is alright, Father.

The Master of the Robe knocks at the door.  Father and son
look up.

		MASTER OF THE ROBE
	Kundun, you must come back now.

The young boy sits straight up on his Father's lap and says,
defiantly:

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Go away.

The surprised Monk backs away from the door.

		FATHER
	Not the way to talk to people.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Can I do anything I want?

		FATHER
	No.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	But, I am in charge.

		FATHER
	Are you?  Of whom?

The boy thinks.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Can I save the sheep from going
	to the market?  So they don't die.

		LOBSANG
	You could buy them.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Do I have money?

		LOBSANG
	What do you think?

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Do you have money?

		FATHER
	I do, now.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	And you have horses?
	You love horses.

		FATHER
	I do, beautiful horses.
	Thank you, Holiness.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Will you buy the sheep for me?

		FATHER
	Where will you keep them?

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Here.  We'll collect them.

		FATHER
	I will buy them for you.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Can I free the prisoners?

		FATHER
	Hmmm.

		LOBSANG
	You can't do anything real
	until you are Dalai Lama.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	I am him.

		LOBSANG
	Not until you are eighteen.

		MOTHER (OC)
	You have escaped once more.

The Mother has been in the doorway, listening.

Tenzin Gyatso disengages from his Father's arms and goes to
his Mother.  Tenzin reaches into one of her large, apron
pockets and finds nothing.  Another.  Nothing.  He reaches
into her sash and pulls out a special-looking sweet.  She
takes the boy's hand and leads him from the house.

		LOBSANG
	Go study.  I get in trouble if you
	do not study.

Lobsang looks at his Father.

		LOBSANG
	I do.

		FATHER
	Sometimes you strike the goat,
	to scare the sheep.

		LOBSANG
	I am the goat.
	He is a naughty sheep.

		FATHER
	He will not be ours much longer.

CLOSE on the Father's face.

EXT.  GARDENS, NORBULINKA  DAY

The Mother walks the boy back to his residence, through the
gate in the yellow wall.

		MOTHER
	I have news.  The Regent
	has resigned his post.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Is he a bad man?  Norbu says
	he is "lavish" and "willful".
	"How can he give you monk's vows
	if he has not kept them
	himself?"

		MOTHER
	Well, some say.
	It's not for you to worry about.
	Another will be chosen.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	He was always nice to me.
	He found me.  He saw me in
	his dreams.

EXT.  DALAI LAMA'S RESIDENCE, NORBULINKA  DAY

They have reached the residence.  The boy's Mother caresses
his little head.

		MOTHER
	I turn you over again, today,
	Lhamo.  One day, you will not
	be able to come running to us.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	But you will always be here?

		MOTHER
	Me?

		TENZIN GYATSO
	You will always!

		MOTHER
	I have one more piece of
	news.  A baby is coming.

Tenzin grabs at her stomach and shrieks with laughter.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Oh, Mama!  Who will it be?

The Mother places her hands on Tenzin Gyatso's.

		MOTHER
	Oh, no!  Who can it be?

A string of old monks, stand, waiting for the naughty boy.

INT.  ENTRANCE HALL, DALAI LAMA'S RESIDENCE, NORBULINKA,
DAY

The boy runs up the stairs and towards the old men, but he
stops and looks at a small cabinet standing, unobtrusively,
in a corner.  Tenzin Gyatso goes to the cabinet and rattles
the locked door.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	My teeth!  My teeth are in here!

A monk takes the boy by the hand and leads him down a
hallway.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	My old teeth!

INT.  DALAI LAMA'S PRIVATE ROOMS, EVENING

A bell and a dorge are laid out on a small table.  Tenzin
Gyatso sits in front of this table.

A monk is chanting in low, deep tones, in the background.

The Dalai Lama's teacher, TAKTRA RINPOCHE, sits on the
floor.  (Being the teacher, Taktra Rinpoche sits slightly
higher than the Dalai Lama.)  Taktra is an older man, in his
sixties.  He is stern, solid, no-nonsense.

Taktra Rinpoche begins a prayer.

		TAKTRA RINPOCHE
	"I take refuge in the three jewels,
	The Buddha, the Dharma and
	the Sangra."

But the boy leaps up from his table and goes to Taktra and
hangs around his neck, shouting:

		TENZIN GYATSO
	You recite!
	You recite!

Taktra gives the boy just the slightest of looks.

		TAKTRA RINPOCHE
	"I take refuge in the three jewels,
	The Buddha, the Dharma and the
	Sangra."

Tenzin Gyatso releases the Lama and goes back to his own
table.

		TAKTRA RINPOCHE
	"Until I attain enlightenment."

Taktra Rinpoche has a small table with the same hand
instruments in front of him.  The teacher lifts the dorge,
in a particular fashion, and rotates it.

Tenzin Gyatso lifts his dorge.  Taktra's hands move to the
boy's and show him the correct movement.  It is tried again.
Now, the bell is lifted and rung.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	I would like you to be my new
	Regent.

Taktra stops.  He nods to the boy.

As the chanting continues, Taktra Rinpoche begins a weaving
motion with his hands, delicate, beautiful, hypnotic.

Tenzin Gyatso copies the elder.

We are CLOSE on the boy's moving hands. The chanting becomes
the voices of a hundred men, as we FADE OUT.

FADE IN:  on the boy's hands, but they are a little larger -
they are the hands of an eleven or twelve year-old boy - and
the motion they carry out is on the verge of becoming
extraordinarily beautiful.

INT.  DARK ROOM, POTALA  EVENING (1944)

Tenzin Gyatso sits alone, in a small, dark green, room.  He
is older.  His robes have changed slightly, his manner is
more refined, more dignified.

He is on a retreat.

There is a soft knock at the door.  The door is opened and
food is placed inside the small room by bodiless hands.
Tenzin Gyatso collects his food.  He sips his tea and eats
his tsampa, while reading from a long, narrow stack of
scriptures.  Thangkas of MILERAPA - the great Tibetan poet
and teacher - hang on the walls.

We notice the curly-toed shoes of the Master of the Kitchen,
just visible beneath the wooden door.

EXT.  COURTYARD, THE POTALA  NIGHT

The boy walks alone, moving to the rhythm of a memorization.
His breath consolidates in the cold night air.  The sky is
brilliant with stars.

		TENZIN GYATSO (reciting)
	"As long as any living thing draws
	breath, wherever he shall be, there,
	in compassion, shall the Buddha
	appear, incarnate."

INT.  DALAI LAMA'S PRIVATE ROOMS, THE POTALA  DAY

School is in session.

LING RINPOCHE is teaching.  Ling is a young, shy, brilliant
monk, with a very round face.  He is now senior tutor.

		LING RINPOCHE
	The Four Noble Truths.

Tenzin Gyatso, sitting cross legged on a cushion, responds.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	The Four Noble Truths, as
	taught by the Lord
	Sakyamuni Buddha are:
	The Truth of Suffering
	The Truth of the Cause of
	Suffering, The Truth of the
	Cessation of Suffering,
	the Truth of the Way which
	leads to the cessation of Suffering.

		LING RINPOCHE
	I accept it.
	What is suffering?

		TENZIN GYATSO
	True suffering arises
	from contaminated actions
	and afflictions.  Birth,
	illness, grief, old age,
	poverty, pain, death - these
	are surferings.

		LING RINPOCHE
	I accept it.
	What are the causes of suffering?

		TENZIN GYATSO
	The causes of suffering arise from
	true sources.  Attachment,
	desire, envy, hatred, greed,
	unkindness, wrong view and so forth -
	these are some causes of suffering.

Now we CUT BACK to Ling Rinpoche, but he is standing,
outside, in a courtyard.  He asks another question, but he
raises his right hand as he speaks, and lowers his left,
completing the question with a clap of the hands.

EXT.  COURTYARD, THE POTALA  DAY

It is a beautiful, blue-sky day.  The Dalai Lama is learning
"debate".  High Lamas sit on tapestry pillows, under
appliqued canopies, observing.  Young monks can be seen,
watching, from a greater distance.

The Lord Chamberlain sits to one side.  Taktra Rinpoche, now
Regent, is beside him.

The Dalai Lama sits on the ground at Ling's feet.

		LING RINPOCHE
	How does one progress from
	the realization of one Noble Truth to
	another?
	(clap)

A long silence from His Holiness.  The Lamas wait on tender
hooks.  Finally, the boy says:

		TENZIN GYATSO
	We will have to think about that.

There is laughter.  Even Ling Rinpoche laughs and the boy
erupts into his beautiful, free, easy laugh.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	I need to squeeze this brain.

		LING RINPOCHE
	Answer.
	(clap)

A pause, and then:

		TENZIN GYATSO
	When one understands that
	he causes some of his own suffering,
	needlessly, then he looks for
	the causes in his own life.

	And when and he looks for those
	causes, when he investigates,
	then he is putting confidence
	in his own ability to eliminate
	the sources and end the suffering.

	A wish to find a path to peace
	arises. For all beings desire
	happiness.  All wish to find
	their purest selves.

Ling nods in approval.

He looks to the elders.

		LING RINPOCHE
	I accept it.

Taktra Rinpoche and the Lord Chamberlain are proud.

EXT.  SAME COURTYARD  DUSK

Tenzin Gyatso runs up a slant board and leaps off the edge -
a big jump, a flying leap.  He falls to the ground, then
gets up, laughing, and runs up the board again.

The same old monks who watched him debate, watch him play.

The Lord Chamberlain and Taktra Rinpoche are among them.
The Lord Chamberlain obviously loves watching his young
charge play.  The Regent is not so sure.

		TAKTRA RINPOCHE
	Careful!  Careful!

Tenzin Gyatso shouts:

		TENZIN GYATSO
	I need to jump!
	I love to jump!

INT.  DALAI LAMA'S PRIVATE ROOMS, THE POTALA  NIGHT

The Nechung Oracle is the protective deity of Tibet.

Tonight, he is in full trance.  It is an amazing sight.

The monk who is his medium spins and twirls, he wags his
heavy headdress about.  A round mirror glitters on his
chest.  Sweat pours from his brow, over his wildly grimacing
face.

The Oracle spits at the government officials in the room.

Horns blow, cymbals crash, incense burns.  The Oracle nears
the Dalai Lama and retreats from him.  Finally, he whispers
in the boy's ear.

		ORACLE
	Heed the warning of your predecessor.
	Or the war will end here.

And then, the Oracle gently straightens Tenzin Gyatso's
yellow robes, before the trance ends and the Oracle falls
into the arms of his attendants.

INT.  DALAI LAMA'S PRIVATE ROOMS  NIGHT

Wind whistles through the Potala's hallways and porticos.

The Master of the Kitchen is clearing away the dinner
dishes.

The view of the floor reveals that a "toy" war is being
waged.

With a "Meccano" set, the young Dalai Lama has created what
looks like an airplane, and a tank.  These vehicles are
manned by beautifully detailed lead soldiers - British World
War One Field soldiers, French Legionaries and American
Artillery men.

Norbu Thundrup, is flying low with a tsampa~dough airplane.
He drops little tsampa-dough bombs from his hand.  He hits a
tank and knocks down a few lead soldiers.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Oh, nicely done, Norbu.  I will
	get you.

The Lord Chamberlain enters.

		LORD CHAMBERLAIN
	May I listen to the news with you,
	Holiness?

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Please.

A large, old-fashioned, short-wave radio broadcasts that
there is still a real war in progress.  The BBC report is of
the Pacific front.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	How big is Tibet's army?

		LORD CPIAMBERLAIN
	Roughly five thousand men.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Is that big?

		LORD CHAMBERLAIN
	No.  Not very big.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	The Regent is adding men.
	And he bought rifles
	and ammunition from India.
	Mountain guns, too.

The broadcast reports news of the civil war in China.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Will we be in this war?

		LORD CHAMBERLAIN
	No.  This war is almost over.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Will we ever be in war?

The Lord Chamberlain is silent.  Norbu answers.

		NORBU THUNDRUP
	We have enemies.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	The Chinese.

		NORBU THUNDRUP
	Yes.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	But, surely, we are safe in Tibet.
	We don't believe in killing.

		LORD CHAMBERLAIN
	No, we don't.

Tenzin Gyatso gets to his feet and takes an atlas from his
table.   He lays the book open on the floor.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	This is Britain.

		NORBU THUNDRUP
	Ahh.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Where is Poland?

The Lord chamberlain sits on the floor.  He points to
Poland.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Where is Pearl Harbor?

The Master of the Kitchen comes to look at the atlas.

		LORD CHAMBERLAIN
	In the Pacific Ocean.  It is an
	island.  American territory.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Where is Alsace?

		LORD CHAMBERLAIN
	I do not know, Holiness.

Tenzin Gyatso turns to a well thumbed page:  Tibet.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	This is Tibet.
	And this is China.

		NORBU THUNDRUP
	Ahh.

They all look at huge China.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Certainly, we are safe in Tibet.

No one answers.

Finally, as Norbu Thundrup begins to gather up the tsampa-
dough:

		NORBU THUNDRUP
	We hope, Kundun.

Tenzin Gyatso turns to the Lord Chamberlain.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	What was the warning of the
	Thirteenth Dalai Lama?

		LORD CHAMBERLAIN
	He warned about the future of
	Tibet.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Tell me.

		LORD CHAMBERLAIN
	When it is time.

INT.  GARDENS, NORBULINKA  DAY

His Holiness works on an old movie projector.  A white-
haired, CHINESE MONK works with him.  The old Monk has very
little patience.  He bangs his hand on the table, and huffs
and puffs as the two try again to fiddle with this and that.
Tenzin Gyatso works diligently and calmly.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Patience is the first of the Six
	Perfections.

The old Monk mutters something in Chinese.  They thread a
roll of dusty film into the reel and spin the wheel.  The
film breaks.  The old monk bangs the table again.  The work
continues.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	One day, we will get that automobile
	running.

The monks slaps his head in horrid anticipation.

INT.  DARK ROOM, NORBULINKA  NIGHT

A movie begins, shown on a piece of cloth tacked to a wall.

It is a newsreel - footage from World War One. The
trenches.

The boy goes up to the cloth screen and touches it gently,
playing with his own shadow as men dash from foxholes across
a muddy, body strewn field.

The boy steps back and stares at the horror of real war;
men sleeping in the muddy foxholes, make-shift hospitals
tend the dying.  Youths - not much older than His Holiness -
weep into their filthy, bloody hands.

The Old Monk keeps his trembling hand on the noisy, hand-
operated, projector.

Tenzin Gyatso slowly sits, cross-legged, on the bare floor.

War does not look good on film.

INT.  DALAI LAMA'S PRIVATE ROOMS, NORBULINKA  NIGHT

The boy sits alone, in front of his altar, praying.
Meditating.

INT.  ALTAR ROOM, THE NORBULINKA  DAY

A black room, lit by butter lamps.

Taktra Rinpoche and Tenzin Gyatso sit opposite one another,
cross-legged on the floor.  Taktra is the teacher, he sits a
bit higher.

The room is a shrine to Mahakala, the Dalai Lama's personal
deity.  Mahakala is present, in the form of a huge, golden
statue.

The boy has his head bent low to catch the Rinpoche's words.
There is much gesturing, much murmuring.  We might catch
only a word or two.

An oral teaching is being passed on, a lineage teaching.  It
is sacred and secret.

EXT.  UPPER COURTYARD, THE POTALA  DAY

CLOSE on a thangka of Penden Lhamo.

We hear monks debating.  It is Ling Rinpoche answering,
playing the student.

		LING RINPOCHE
	"To be born in a time when the
	Buddha has appeared.
	To be born in a time when the
	Buddha has taught.
	To be born when the teaching of
	Buddha is alive."

We find His Holiness, sitting, listening to the debate.

		LING RINPOCHE
	"To be born where the dharma is
	practiced.
	To be born in a time when people have
	compassion for other people."

The view widens now and we are under a softly billowing,
appliqued canopy.  Maybe fifty monks and lamas are present.
This is an informal group.

		QUESTIONER
	How is human life precious?

		LING RINPOCHE
	As a result of previous karma,
	you have obtained this human life.
	By means of this rebirth, through
	work and study, you can attain all
	everlasting happiness.
	In the words of Shantideva:
	"With the boat of this precious life,
	You can cross the waters of Samsara.
	How rare to find this boat!"
	"Oh, ignorant one, do not fall
	asleep now!"

Shots ring out.

The men jump to their feet, and rush out from under the
canopy.  The Dalai Lama is right in front.

More shots as the men stare out across the countryside.

We hear murmurs of:

		VOICES
	Sera, Sera Monastery.
	Reting.  Under arrest.  The
	army is taking him right past Sera!
	Monastery!  Those crazy monks!  Have
	been threatening trouble.
	Reting tried to assassinate
	Taktra Rinpoche.

We hear these snippets as the Dalai Lama runs from the group.

INT.  HALLWAYS, POTALA  DAY

It is almost black inside this old building.  The panting
boy runs up and up and up several staircases.

INT.  HALLWAY  DAY

Tenzin Gyatso runs down the hall and enters his red rooms.

INT.  DALAI LAMA'S PRIVATE ROOMS  DAY

Norbu Thundrup is in the room and he moves ahead of the boy
- out to the terrace.

EXT.  DALAI LAMA'S TERRACE  DAY

Tenzin Gyatso climbs up on a small, wooden platform, and
mans his telescope.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	It's the army, firing on
	Sera Monastery!
	Oh, no!  Oh, no!

The shooting continues.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Why is this?  What is happening?
	Tell me!

		NORBU THUNDRUP
	Reting Rinpoche has been
	arrested.  He tried to
	overthrow Regent Taktra.
	Today, he is brought back
	to Lhasa by government officials.
	The monks at Sera Monastery
	have been on his side.  Now,
	there is trouble between them
	and the army.

The Lord Chamberlain arrives on the terrace.

		LORD CHAMBERLAIN
	I am sorry for you to have to
	witness this, Kundun.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Look here!

The Lord Chamberlain peers through the telescope as the
shooting continues.

		LORD CHAMBERLAIN
	Tragic.  Unnecessary.

The Lord Chamberlain steps away from the telescope and the
boy takes his place.

The shooting slowly stops.

		LORD CHAMBERLAIN
	Holiness?
	I have a letter.

The boy looks up.

		LORD CHAMBERLAIN
	The Thirteenth Dalai Lama's warning.
	He wrote to you, the year before he
	died.  The year before you were born.

The Lord Chamberlain walks to a far, sheltered end of the
terrace.

Tenzin Gyatso slowly turns the telescope to see the prison
yard.

View through the telescope;  the yard is full of prisoners,
listening to the shooting.  One man sees the telescope aimed
at the prison and prostrates.  Then another, and another.

Tenzin Gyatso steps away from the telescope and turns to
follow his Lord Chamberlain.

EXT.  OTHER SIDE OF TERRACE  DAY

The Lord Chamberlain opens a yellowing letter and begins to
read.  Tenzin Gyatso sits down beside him.

		LORD CHAMBERLAIN
	"It may happen, that here
	in Tibet, religion and
	government will be attacked
	both from without and within.
	Unless we guard our own country..."

CLOSE on the Lord Chamberlain.  Today, he appears tired;
the whites of his eyes appear enormous.  His voice is quite
beautiful.

		LORD CHAMBERLAIN
	"...it will now happen that
	the Dalai and Panchen Lamas, the
	Father and the Son, and all
	the revered holders of the faith,
	will disappear and become
	nameless."

Tenzin Gyatso unwinds the rosary from his wrist and begins
thumbing the brown beads.

		LORD CHAMBERLAIN
	"Monks and their monasteries will be
	destroyed.
	The rule of law will be weakened.
	The lands and properties will be
	seized.  They themselves will
	be forced to serve their enemies
	or wander the country like
	beggars."

	"All beings will be sunk
	in great hardship and overwhelming
	fear; the days and nights will
	drag on slowly in suffering."

He is finished.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	What can I do?  I am only
	a boy.

		LORD CHAMBERLAIN
	You are the man who wrote this
	letter.  You are the man who has come
	back to lead us.   You will soon have
	great responsibilities.  You must
	know what to do.

INT.  DALAI LAMA'S PRIVATE ROOMS, ADJACENT ROOM,  DAY

The Regent and the Lord Chamberlain are present.

Also present is the KASHAG - a council of four men:  one
monk, three laymen.  They are the Dalai Lama's advisory
cabinet.

INT.  DALAI LAMA'S PRIVATE ROOM  DAY

The boy rises from his desk.  Norbu says:

		NORBU THUNDRUP
	You remember who you are.
	You called for them.

Tenzin Gyatso enters the adjacent room.

INT.  ADJACENT ROOM  DAY

The boy climbs onto a cushion and sits - a head above his
officials.  He is tentative, unsure of form and procedure.

There is an awkward, formal silence.  Then:

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Taktra Rinpoche, I understand
	there was an attempt on your
	life.

		TAKTRA RINPOCHE
	It is possible, Holiness.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	You are unharmed?

		TAKTRA RINPOCHE
	Completely.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Good.  Where is Reting Rinpoche now?

		KASHAG MEMBER
	He has been imprisoned, here in the
	Potala, Holiness.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	The Sera monks have surrendered?

		KASHAG MEMBER
	It is calm.

The boy motions to the table.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Please, have tea.

The tea is poured.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	I need to know what you
	know.  I am no longer a child.

		LORD CHAMBERLAIN
	Ask whatever you will.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	What is the danger from the
	Chinese, now?

		KASHAG MEMBER
	Very complicated, Holiness.
	Let me tell you current news.

	The Chinese have launched a deceptive
	campaign aimed at convincing the
	world that Tibet belongs to China.

	We sent a mission to the Chinese
	National Conference.  Our attendance
	was a grave mistake.  The Tibetans
	were introduced as delegates from the
	"Chinese region of Tibet".
	We protested this reference and
	demanded a letter rebutting it.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Did you receive the letter?

		KASHAG MEMBER
	We did not.

		LORD CHAMBERLAIN
	The war is over.
	This is a time in when nations are
	redefining themselves.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	So, Tibet, too, needs to define
	itself.

		LORD CHAMBERLAIN
	Yes.  As a free country.
	But our attempts have proven
	futile.  We continue to be
	badly outmaneuvered by the Chinese.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Can India help us?

		LORD CHAMBERLAIN
	India is a newly independent
	nation.  They are struggling.
	India is in no position
	to help us.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Britain?

		LORD CHAMBERLAIN
	Britain chooses not to.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	And, America?

		LORD CHAMBERLAIN
	America, we shall see.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Ask the Chinese mission to leave
	our country.  Immediately.

A shocking suggestion.

		LORD CHAMBERLAIN
	Quite simple.  Yes.  Good.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	I shall send a letter to America,
	to the President, informing him of
	our problem.

The men agree to this.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	I want Reting Rinpoche well cared
	for.  He is my teacher.  He found me.

INT.  DALAI LAMA'S PRIVATE ROOM  NIGHT

The Dalai Lama sits at his desk, writing a letter.

The radio is on.  It is the BBC - with news of a Communist
advantage in Kuomintang China.

Norbu Thundrup enters.  The boy looks up.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Listen to this, Norbu.
	(he reads):
To
Mr Truman
The President of the United States of America

I am glad that you are enjoying the best of health and
doing good service to uplift the happiness and
prosperity of the whole world.  Here, I am well and
doing my best for the religion of Lord Buddha and
welfare of all beings.

	This is all, so far.

		NORBU THUNDRUP
	Reting Rinpoche has died in prison.

Tenzin Gyatso lays down his pen.

EXT.  DALAI LAMA'S TERRACE  NIGHT

Tenzin Gyatso is alone.  He has a little smelting
arrangement built out on the terrace.  He lays a lead
soldier on the hot bottom of a heavy, metal bowl.

CLOSE on the soldier.  It begins to melt.

The boy has a pile of the soldiers.  He drops a second one
in the bowl.

We bear the sounds of Lhasa - laughter, street songs - and
we see the stars, hanging, it seems, just above the young
boy's head.

EXT.  NORBULINKA  DAY

The young Tenzin Gyatso bursts through the gate in the
Yellow Wall and runs across the beautiful garden to his
parents's home.

INT.  PARENTS'S HOME, NORBULINKA  DAY

A family gathering meets the boy's eye when he enters.

There is his Mother, his oldest sister, Tsering Dolma,
Lobsang Samten, a younger sister, Pema, baby brother Tendzin
Chuta, and his oldest brother, Takster.

We don't recognize these faces, of course, but the gathering
is obviously familial.

Only the boy's Father is missing.

Tenzin Gyatso goes to his Mother and lays his head in her
lap.

On an altar behind her, is a silver frame.  In the frame is
a picture of her husband.

DREAM SEQUENCE

EXT.  HILLTOP  DAWN

The body of the Dalai Lama's Father lays on a flat boulder.

Incense smoke curls into the air.  Prayer wheels are turned,
hand drums are played - the burial men stand off to one
side, their hatchets and knives in view.

Tenzin Gyatso is present.  He is the boy we know, but beside
him stands the four year-old boy, Lhamo, from the beginning
of the movie, and on the other side of him stands the boy
who will play the Dalai Lama in the next section of the film
-  a boy about fifteen or sixteen.

Tenzin Gyatso wraps his brown rosary around his left wrist.
The beads catch the brilliant afternoon light.  The sixteen
year-old Dalai Lama wears the same colored rosary around his
left wrist.

The cutters move in to the corpse, and as we hear them begin
the work of dismembering the body, the view pans up to
reveal the vultures circling overhead.

The last person leaving the hilltop with is the Dalai Lama
as an older man - not a character from this movie - but a
man of about fifty years, wearing glasses, wearing the same
robes, the same rosary.  Little Lhamo walks beside him.

END DREAM SEQUENCE

EXT.  SKY OVER TIBET  NIGHT

We hear a loud explosion, and then another and another and
another.  The sound begins to fade, but the blue-black,
peaceful, star-filled sky is shattered by bright bursts of
red and yellow and pink light.

It is a frightening sight.

EXT.  GARDEN, NORBULINKA  DAWN (1950)

The still waters of the fish pond begin to move.  The fish
swim in nervous circles;  the water laps over its stone
banks.

EXT.  DALAI LAMA'S RESIDENCE  DAWN

The whole building shakes.  Earthquake.

One monk runs down the stairs, another monk runs up, both
staring at a second floor window - a black-rimmed, glass
window.

A red cloth is pulled back and the window is opened.

The fifteen year-old Tenzin Gyatso looks out.

There is a terrible rumbling:  the rumbling that accompanies
an earthquake.  Finally, slowly, the sound, and the movement
subsides.

CLOSE on Tenzin Gyatso.  He lets the curtain fall.

INT.  GREAT HALL, THE POTALA  DAY

The General Assembly is in session.

Once again, the Yigstang and the Tsitang - four monks and
four laymen - sit facing one another.  But the room is
crowded today - this is a full session.  The Lord
chamberlain sits in.  Regent Taktra is there.

The senior Layman is on his knees.

		LAYMAN
	The Communist have control of
	China.

In the back of the room we notice an open door.

INT.  HALLWAY  DAY

The Dalai Lama is listening.  He stands taller than the
first time we caught him eavesdropping.  He still is not a
part of this assembly, but he doesn't seem to care if he is
spotted.

INT.  GREAT HALL  DAY

The Layman continues.

		LAYMAN
	Now, as his great army, stands idle
	on our borders, Chairman Mao has
	presented Tibet with three demands:

	One, Tibet must accept that
	it is part of China.

A murmuring in the room.

INT.  HALLWAY  DAY

Shock on the face of His Holiness.

		LAYMAN (OC)
	Two, Tibet's defenses must
	be handled by China.
	Three, all political and trade
	matters concerning foreign countries
	must be conducted through China.

A voice shouts out:

		VOICE IN BACK OF ROOM (OC)
	Give the Dalai Lama his majority!

INT.  GREAT HALL  DAY

The senior Monk is on his knees.

		MONK
	We can concede that Tibet is a part
	of China if we can guarantee that
	the Dalai Lama's name and authority
	will remain...

		LAYMAN
	And do you believe that the Tibetan
	government will be allowed to
	continue to function as it is?
	Do you believe that our religion
	will be protected?

		VOICES
	Give the Dalai Lama his majority!

		MONK
	We have dealt with this Chinese
	obsession for hundreds of years.
	We can deal with it now.

		LAYMAN
	These are not the Chinese we know.
	These are Communists.

		VOICES
	Make him Dalai Lama now!

We see the Lord Chamberlain look toward the open door.

INT.  HALLWAY  DAY

Tenzin Gyatso looks at his advisor, and then, he closes the
door as the demand for his enthronement continues.

He walks down the hall, past the door leading to the
treasure room, alone now - an adult.  He is wearing those
European, lace-up shoes found in the treasure room so long
ago.  They are still too big for him.

EXT.  TRIBUTARY OF THE KYICHU RIVER, NORBULINKA  DAY

Tenzin Gyatso and Taktra Rinpoche walk side by side along
the waterway.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	If we agree that we are part of
	China, nothing else will matter.
	Not trade, not defense. We will be
	lost.

		TAKTRA RINPOCHE
	What would you do, Holiness?

The boy looks out over the water.

Shepherds are leading their flock of sheep back toward town
on the far side of the tributary.

The two men stand side by side, one so young, one seeming so
old.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	What should I do about my doubt,
	Teacher?

		TAKTRA RINPOCHE
	It is a difficult situation.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	I mean, my doubt.  Why me?
	Am I Him?

		TAKTRA RINPOCHE
	Doubt is an affliction.  Reliquish
	it.  Accept.

Pause.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	I believe we must make no concesions
	to the Chinese.  But, I am one voice.
	The Dalai Lama has always trusted in
	the forces of Buddha.  Let us consult
	the protective deities.

Taktra Rinpoche bows and leaves him.

Tenzin Gyatso stands alone by the river.  The boy watches
the herders, and before the young shepherds disappear from
sight, the Dalai Lama turns and waves a hand behind him.

Two Bodyguards approach.  We can not hear, but as the Dalai
Lama walks away from us, down the river, one Bodyguard runs
up river, shouting:

		BODYGUARD (shouting)
	We will buy them!  We will buy them!

INT.  ALTAR ROOM, NORBULINKA  DAY

In this black room, under the protective view of the statue
of Mahakala, a divine lottery is performed.

Tenzin Gyatso, the Regent Taktra Rinpoche, The Lord
chamberlain, the Kashag, the Yigstang and the Tsitang are
all present.

Tsampa-dough balls are made, three of them, each containing
a strip of parchment, bearing writing.  The dough is shaped
and weighed to see that each ball is equal.

Then, the three balls are placed in a silver bowl and the
bowl is spun.  The balls whirl, race, and finally one leaps
from the bowl.

This ball is taken to the Dalai Lama and he makes a mark on
it.  The ball is returned to the bowl, the procedure is
repeated, and a ball leaps again, almost immediately.  This
ball is presented and the Dalai Lama places his mark - next
to the mark he just made.  It is the same ball.

Tenzin Gyatso makes the twelfth mark on the same ball, and
the spinning begins again and then the thirteenth mark, and
then the ball is broken open and the strip of parchment
handed to the Regent.

		TAKTRA RINPOCHE
	We should not accept any conditions
	from the Chinese.

EXT.  GARDENS, NORBULINKA  DAY

In a paved area, adjacent to the Yellow Wall which marks the
Dalai Lama's private grounds, the Opera Festival has begun.

This festival involves performances by Tibetan singers,
dancers and actors.  It looks to be a joyous occasion;
officials and their wives are dressed in their finest and
sit before beautifully laid picnics.  Children run here and
there, amidst the monks and nomads, the swashbuckling
Khambas from eastern Tibet (large people, with heavy braids
wrapped in red cloth on top of their heads).  There are
westerners, Nepalese and Sikimese.

Dancers - dressed in wild, colorful outfits - spin and leap
in time to the eerie, Tibetan music.

Atop a low building on the Yellow Wall, stands an elaborate
enclosure - draped in yellow silk.

The Dalai Lama sits inside it.

INT.  ENCLOSURE  DAY

Tenzin Gyatso is alone in this little room;  his arms rest
on a window ledge as he stares down at the festival taking
place below him.

EXT.  GARDENS  DAY

A bit more of the dancers and the people enjoying themselves
- all from the isolated point of view of the Dalai Lama.

We recognize a few characters:  Keustang Rinpoche.  His
Holiness's Mother with her younger children, the favorite
sweeper, Norbu Thundrup - dressed in a fine hat.

But a distant figure becomes apparent - he is a MESSENGER -
he is running, through the crowds, toward the Yellow Wall.

We stay on this desperate little figure as he draws closer.

INT.  ENCLOSURE  DAY

The boy is watching the Messenger.

EXT.  GARDENS  DAY

Back to that messenger as he works his way, ever closer to
the building which holds the Dalai Lama aloft, and then we
lose sight of him.

INT.  ENCLOSURE  DAY

Tenzin Gyatso leans back in his seat.  The yellow silk
curtain that his elbows have held open now fall closed and
we hear the heavy footsteps of the runner.

A knock.

		TAKTRA RINPOCHE (OC)
	Enter.

The Regent is next door.

The boy climbs up on a chest and peeks through a tiny window
in the wall which separates this enclosure from the
Regent's.

Taktra Rinpoche reads a telegram.  His aging
face becomes quite grave.

The Regent leaves his side of the enclosure.

		REGENT (OC)
	Summon the Lord Chamberlain and
	the Kashag.

And then, there is a knock on the Dalai Lama's door.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Enter.

It is the Regent.

		REGENT TAKTRA
	Holiness.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Yes.

		REGENT TAKTRA
	The Chinese have invaded.

EXT.  GARDENS, NORBULINKA  DAY

Back to a new group of performers - satirists, dressed as
high lamas and monks - even as the Nechung Oracle -
lampooning the rulers.  The crowd roars with laughter.

INT.  DALAI LAMA'S PRIVATE ROOMS, NORBULINKA  DUSK

The Lord Chamberlain stands with the teenage Dalai Lama.
The room is a violent red in the sunset.

Tenzin Gyatso has cleared off his table, he is creating a
three-dimensional battlefield as his Lord Chamberlain
explains the situation.  Tenzin Gyatso uses papers, books,
little statues to bring a physical life to the words we
hear.

		LORD CHAMBERLAIN
	They crossed the river, Holiness.
	They have invaded in six locations,
	Chando Province, Kham, eastern Tibet.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	What is the size of our army, now?

		LORD CHAMBERLAIN
	Eight thousand, five hundred,
	soldiers and officers.
	We have recently requested mortars,
	anti-aircraft guns and ammunition
	from India.  We have several hundred
	in the area.

Little statues are placed facing what stands-in for the
river.

The Lord Chamberlain helps the boy to create this panorama.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Has anyone died?

		LORD CHMBERLAIN
	The radio contact said one
	officer had died.  Then he
	said, "The Chinese soldiers -
	they are coming."
	And then, the radio went dead.

Tenzin Gyatso lifts one statue, a small, golden Buddha, from
the display.  He cradles the Buddha in his hands.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	One man.  A man has died.
	One man is too many.

INT.  DALAI LAMA'S PRIVATE ROOMS, NORBULINKA  DAY

In beautiful sunlight, the painted cabinets of this room
glisten.  Rainbows of color play on the glass windows.  The
Dalai Lama sits at a low table, a pack of colored pencils,
or pastels, spread out around him.  He is teaching his
little brother to draw.

Together, little hand in bigger hand, they draw.

The Dalai Lama's Mother sits in a side chair, watching her
sons.

The little boy screams with laughter as the brothers draw a
yak.

EXT.  GARDENS, NORBULINKA  NIGHT

A movie is being shown - outside - on a makeshift screen.

It is "Henry the Fourth".

This is a treat for the sweepers, and gardeners and
servants.  children sit on the grass, mesmerized by this
incredible vision.

Tenzin Gyatso sits beside Heinrich Harrer.

The boy rubs his eyes wearily.  He appears distracted.
This line is spoken by an actor:

		ACTOR IN MOVIE
	"Heavy lies the head, that
	wears the crown."

CLOSE on Tenzin Gyatso.

EXT.  ROAD BEHIND NORBULINKA  DAY

The Dalai Lama sits behind the wheel of a 1927 Austin. He
is a lousy driver - a boy who never commanded a wheeled
vehicle in all of his young life.

The Attendants sit in the back seat, holding on for dear
life.

We hear Tenzin Gyatso's wonderful, deep laugh.

INT.  DALAI LAMA'S PRIVATE ROOM, THE POTALA  NIGHT

Tenzin Gyatso is listening to Peking Radio.  Norbu Thundrup
is with him.

The boy tinkers with a clock as he listens - he is swiftly
becoming a master tinkerer.

		RADIO
	"This week, the People's
	Liberation Army crossed the Drichu
	River east of Chamdo and began
	the peaceful liberation
	of Tibet.

	Tibet is in the hands of
	imperialist enemies of
	the people.  The Dalai
	Lama, a foolish reminder
	of an illiterate past,
	is the figure head of
	this autonomous region
	of China.  Accept our
	help, Tibet!  The people
	shall be free!"

		TENZIN GYATSO
	What do the people say, Norbu?

Norbu is not shy in his report.

		NORBU THUNDRUP
	Tibetan officials have retreated from
	Chamdo.  They are scared and
	running.  The Chinese strategy has
	destroyed the heart of our defense
	forces.  Chamdo falls, several other
	villages are lost.  You know what
	happens.  The road to Lhasa will be
	wide open.

Tenzin Gyatso listens carefully to the man.

		NORBU THUNDRUP
	The people want you made Dalai Lama.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Then, I am lucky.
	I am still too young.

		NORBU THUNDRUP
	These are dangerous times.
	They want the Dalai Lama to lead
	them.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	But, I have no experience.

		NORBU THUNDRUP
	Oh, but you do, Kundun.
	Who else would be here?

INT.  DALAI LAMA'S PRIVATE ROOMS, THE POTALA  NIGHT

The Nechung Oracle spins in his trance.  Horns blow, cymbals
clash, the Oracle spurts sounds as lamas chant.

Finally, the Oracle approaches the boy, stands beside him,
like a lieutenant, a comrade, and says:

		ORACLE
	"His time has come."

EXT.  TERRACE, THE POTALA  DAY

The Dalai Lama is reading - Tibet's appeal to the United
Nations.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	"To the members of the United
	Nations:

	The attention of the world is
	riveted on Korea where aggression
	is being resisted by an international
	force.  Similar happenings in remote
	Tibet are passing without notice.
	The problem is not of Tibet's
	own making but is largely the outcome
	of unthwarted Chinese ambition
	to bring weaker nations on her
	periphery within her active
	domination."

	This is very good.  Quite strong.

The Lord Chamberlain and the four members of the Kashag
agree.

The boy continues:

		TENZIN GYATSO
	"Tibetans have for long lived a
	cloistered life in their mountain
	fastness, remote and aloof..."

In the background, we see monks on top of a wall, long horns
in front of them.  The blowing begins.

In a courtyard below, a debating session is in progress.  We
hear the shouts and the claps and watch the beautiful body
movements of the questioners.  Laughter fills the air.

Below that, the small capital of Tibet - the mysterious
city, the forbidden city of Lhasa - carries on, for now.

INT.  DALAI LAMA'S PRIVATE ROOMS, THE POTALA  NIGHT

A monk - an abbot, in fact - sits beside Tenzin Gyatso.

It is Takster Rinpoche, the Dalai Lama's oldest brother.

		TAKSTER RINPOCHE
	I was never alone.  Two Chinese
	were with me every minute of the day.

Tenzin Gyatso plays with a box of those special sweets which
comes from his mother.

		TAKSTER RINPOCHE
	Their talk is always of liberation
	and helpfulness.  They put their
	words like honey on a knife, but if
	you lick the honey, you will bleed.

Takster Rinpoche begins to say something, but holds back.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Tell me.

		TAKSTER RINPOCHE
	They think they have convinced me.
	They think I am on their side.
	They have allowed me to leave Kumbum
	and come to Lhasa believing that I
	will try to turn you to their ways.
	If I do not succeed, I am to
	eliminate you.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	You, kill me?

		TAKSTER RINPOCHE
	Eliminate you.

The tension is great, the idea profound.

		TARSTER RINPOCHE
	I can be Governor of Lhasa,
	they say.

The brothers try to resist, but cannot.  They laugh like
crazy.

		TAKSTER RINPOCHE
	Don't eat all those sweets.
	You'll get sick.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Do you remember the day I came to
	your monastery, when I was a baby?
	And you comforted me?

		TAKSTER RINPOCHE
	I do.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	I remember, too, actually.
	I was frightened then.
	I am frightened now.

		TAKSTER RINPOCHE
	The Chinese have one goal.  The
	complete dissolution of our nation.
	The destruction of our culture.
	There is no room for Buddha in
	their world.

	Our only hope is to fight.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	We cannot.

		TAKSTER RINPOCHE
	This is not a fight to put
	bread just in one's own mouth.
	This is a fight for Tibet.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Buddha teaches that we must learn
	from our enemy.  We have compassion
	for all people.

		TAKSTER RINPOCHE
	These are not human beings.
	They are worse than ghosts.

Silence.

		TAKSTER RINPOCHE
	You are in great danger. The Dalai
	Lama cannot fall into Chinese hands.
	You must flee.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	How could I ever leave?

		TAKSTER RINPOCHE
	It may not be your decision to make.

INT.  DALAI LAMA'S PRIVATE ROOMS, THE POTALA  DAY

In the adjacent room, the four members of the Kashag and the
Lord Chamberlain are waiting.

The Dalai Lama enters the room.

The boy goes to a small table where a document is unrolled
before him.

Tenzin Gyatso lifts the gold seal of power and affixes it to
the document.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	I accept it.

He makes his mark on a small piece of parchment that is
attached to the document.

He has accepted the request to be enthroned.

INT.  DALAI LAMA'S PRIVATE ROOMS  HOUR BEFORE DAWN

The Master of the Robe is helping Tenzin Gyatso to dress.
He ties a piece of green cloth around his waist and helps
him on with his maroon robes.

Norbu is there, watching.

INT.  HALLS OF THE POTALA  PRE-DAWN

Tenzin Gyatso walks down this dark hall.  The three
attendants are with him.

INT.  TEMPLE  DAWN

It is very dark green.  Butter lamps highlight certain faces
- members of the Kashag, noblemen, the tutors, an
Englishman, Nepalese, Bhutanese, Tibetan Muslims - but the
darkness conceals the great number of people present.

We hear the unmistakable Tibetan horns and cymbals. We hear
the chanting of monks.

The boy is handed a Golden Wheel, symbolizing the assumption
of temporal power.

At one moment, the Lamas all put on their yellow hats - a
color that peeks at us out of this dark room.  And we hear a
voice:

		TENZIN GYATSO (VO)
	We shall send delegations to
	America, India, Nepal and Great
	Britain, in hope that these countries
	will intervene on our behalf.

INT.  DALAI LAMA'S PRIVATE ROOMS, THE POTALA  DAY

The Dalai Lama addresses the Yistang, the Tsitang.
Two new faces are present.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	We have telegraphed our appeal to the
	United Nations and await its reply.
	I am sending a delegation to China
	to negotiate the Chinese withdrawal.

He looks around these rooms.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	It seems that I must depart Lhasa.
	The majority wills it.
	Lukhangwa and Lobsang Tashi?

The two men rise to their knees - LUKHANGWA, an incredible
looking layman, with a long white beard, and LOBSANG TASHI,
a monk.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	I am making you my Prime Ministers.
	You will stay here.
	You must always keep me informed,
	no matter how bad the news.
	I want plain information.

The men bow to His Holiness.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Today, I declare a general
	amnesty.

	I have always wanted to free the
	prisoners.

INT.  DALAI LAMA'S PRIVATE ROOMS, THE POTALA  DUSK

Tenzin Gyatso is packing.  We hear whispers in the adjacent
room as the Masters of the Robe and the Ritual organize
belongings into piles:  rolled thangkas, precious
manuscripts, maroon robes, a few english books, the radio.

The boy finds a few golden coins in a drawer and slips them
into his robes.

Tenzin Gyatso adds a package of tools, an atlas, the photo
of the Thirteenth Dalai Lama, the European shoes.  Then, he
goes to the terrace.

EXT.  TERRACE, THE POTALA  DUSK

The boy does not need a footstool anymore.

He glides the telescope across the countryside, catching
sight of the young herders leading their sheep back into
town.  He picks up a corner of the market place and the hub-
bub of the end of the day.  Wall posters show Tibetan
soldiers fleeing the Red Army.

And then, he aims his view-finder at the prison yard.

It is empty.  The prisoners are gone.

		NORBU THUNDRUP (OC)
	It's time to take this down.

Tenzin Gyatso lets go of the eyepiece and turns to see
Norbu.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	You will not come?

		NORBU THUNDRUP
	No, Holiness.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Am I running away?

		NORBU THUNDRUP
	The people will cry when
	they learn you are gone.
	But they would all want you
	safe.

Together, the friends break-down the telescope.

		NORBU THUNDRUP
	Let me take this.

Norbu folds up the tripod.

		NORBU THUNDRUP
	You must study very hard, do not
	neglect the holy things during this
	time.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	I will miss you.

		NORBU THUNDRUP
	We have had fun, you and I.
	Fun for a little boy in an old
	palace.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	We have.

		NORBU THUNDRUP
	You have grown up very good.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	And you have grown older and
	your chin has grown balder.

Norbu laughs.  The telescope is wrapped.

		NORBU THUNDRUP
	Tonight, Kundun, you see the world.
	You place your feet on the
	shepherd boy's path.

Norbu Thundrup ties a tight knot in a cord.

		NORBU THUNDRUP
	"The Gods will be avenged."

CLOSE on the gold seal of state as it is packed in a silk-
lined box.

EXT.  POTALA WALLS  NIGHT

Tenzin Gyatso - dressed in the warm, woolen chuba of a
layman - keeps his back against the wall.  Norbu is beside
him, carrying a flashlight.

A Bodyguard comes for them, and then, the Dalai Lama is
outside the Potala walls.

EXT.  POTALA NIGHT

The small group walks down a rocky path.  A grey horse is
waiting.

Tenzin Gyatso is helped onto the horse.  Norbu sees that he
is comfortable, and then, the flashlight goes out.  Norbu
fiddles with it.  Tenzin Gyatso takes the torch and tries
get it working again.  The Guard mounts his horse.  It is
time to go.  The horses snort, their breath consolidating
the cold night air.

Tenzin Gyatso cannot speak.  He tries, but he cannot.  Norbu
takes the flashlight.

		NORBU THUNDRUP
	I will send it to you.
	It will work.

The horse is turned and the Dalai Lama is led away to join
the soldiers at the foot of the path.

Tenzin Gyatso turns once, to see his friend.  The night is
dark.  Norbu has become invisible.

EXT.  COUNTRYSIDE  NIGHT

A cold and moonless night, lit only by the millions of stars
that shine over Tibet.  The caravan - made up of noblemen,
monks, family mambers and over two hundred soldiers (armed
with rifles, machine guns and field artillery) - journeys
out of Lhasa.

CLOSE on the Dalai Lama:  riding the shepherd's path.

EXT.  YELLOW WALL, NORBULINKA  NIGHT

Tenzin Gyatso rides his grey horse through a gate in the
yellow wall.

EXT.  DALAI LAMA'S RESIDENCE  NIGHT

The boy climbs the stairs to his summer residence.

INT.  ALTAR ROOM  NIGHT

The shrine of Mahakala.  Butter lamps cast their eerie glow
on the black walls as the boy presents a white, silk scarf,
a kata - a traditional token of leaving and return.

INT  ENTRANCE WAY, NORBULINKA  NIGHT

Tenzin Gyatso is about to leave the residence when he stops,
and looks at the small cabinet in the corner.  He goes to
it.

The door is still locked.

CLOSE on the boy.  Suddenly, he knows.

He reaches a hand behind the cabinet.  The hand comes back
to him with a key.

Tenzin Gyatso opens the cabinet doors.  Several drawers are
revealed.

The boy opens one.  Empty.  Another.  Empty.

A Bodyguard says, from the stairs:

		BODYGUARD
	We must go, Holiness.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	A moment.

Another drawer.  Empty.  And then, success.

In a small drawer, there is something, wrapped in red
velvet.

The boy opens it, with shaking hands.  Teeth.  False teeth.

Tenzin Gyatso releases a sharp laugh, he has been holding
his breath.   He wraps up the teeth and puts them back, but
behind the teeth is something more.

A rolled, white silk scarf, a kata.

Tenzin Gyatso takes the scarf.  He unrolls it.  Something
falls on the floor.

A tiny, lead soldier.

Tenzin Gyatso lifts the soldier.  It is a Ghurka.  An Indian
soldier.

		BODYGUARD
	Please, come, Holiness.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Yes.  I am ready.

The boy places the scarf around his own shoulders.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Safe journey.  Safe return.

	I am him.

CLOSE on the golden statue of Mahakala, wearing his white
scarf.

We hear the roar of the Kyichu river.

EXT.  KYICHU RIVER  NIGHT

Coracles - skin boats - are loaded with bundles and people
and pushed off the banks and into the water.

Horses, donkeys and yaks must swim across.

Tenzin Gyatso is helped into a boat.  The rowers, wrapped in
heavy wool and sheepskin, their arms bare, push off.

The boy is sprayed with water.  He is bumped about.  He is
freezing cold.  He floats away from Lhasa.

EXT.  COUNTRYSIDE  DAY

The caravan journeys through a narrow mountain pass.
The flags of Tibet and of the Dalai Lama are carried by
mounted soldiers.

Suddenly, monks come running from the surrounding mountain
trails, shrieking, wailing.

They run to lamas, grabbing at their robes, clutching,
crying out:

		MONKS
	Do not let him go!
	We beg of you, do not take
	him from us!

One monk clutches for an instant at the layman's wrapping on
Tenzin Gyatso - but he does not recognize him as the Dalai
Lama

The boy tenderly embraces this distraught figure, but the
monk drops away from him and clings to the shy, sweet
presence of Ling Rinpoche.

The Dalai Lama is quickly and quietly surrounded by soldiers
- discreetly, so as not to give away his identity.

Ling Rinpoche speaks to a group.

		LING RINPOCHE
	He goes for a short time, until
	the danger can be determined.  He
	will not leave Tibet.  He will
	return.

The pain on these monks's faces, in their voices, is tragic.

Tenzin Gyatso is overwhelmed.

He sees before him a line of prostrate monks - but they are
not bowing to him, they are laying down in the pass, trying
to block the way of the caravan.

Ling Rinpoche goes to these men and gently helps them to
their feet.

		LING RINPOCHE
	He will return.
	The Precious One will not abandon
	you.

INT.  TENT  NIGHT

The Dalai Lama lies awake in his camp bed.  He cannot sleep.
He rises and walks to the tent flap.  He opens it.

EXT.  TENT  NIGHT

A Bodyguard is posted.  He turns to the Dalai Lama.

We recognize him.  He is the Bodyguard from that first
caravan trip so long ago:  a huge monk with a big stick -
the guard who stood outside the old monks's tent.  The man
with the deformed face.

The boy is not frightened this time.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	All quiet?

		BODYGUARD
	Yes, Holiness.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Where are you from?

		BODYGUARD
	Kham, Holiness.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Your people are very brave.
	They are fighting the Chinese.
	No one can stop them.
	Not even me.

		BODYGUARD
	Khambas are wild men.

There is silence as the two men look out at the cold night.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	I worry about them.

		BODYGUARD
	Do not worry, Holiness.
	They fight for you.
	They are under your protection.

The boy steps back inside.

INT.  TENT  NIGHT

We hear the approach of a horse, and then the Bodyguard
enters the tent.

		BODYGUARD
	Holiness, this has come for you.

The Bodyguard hands the boy a parcel.  Tenzin Gyatso unwraps
it.  His flashlight.  It works.

A pause, and then Tenzin Gyatso sits in front of the thangka
of Penden Lhamo.

He reads from the scripture pages laid out on the low table.
He reads by flashlight.

INT.  COUNTRYSIDE  DAY

The Dalai Lama walks along a beaten, caravan path.  He is
still in disguise, and obviously, enjoying it.

An OLD MUSLIM MAN is beside him - an incredible looking
creature.

		MUSLIM MAN
	Eighteen children.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Eighteen, wonderful.

		MUSLIM MAN
	And not a monk among them.

The Dalai Lama laughs.

		MUSLIM MAN
	No, no son of mine will sit
	and read books and eat up the
	poor people's butter while
	my people have to butcher
	the cows and sheep because
	these holy men can't kill
	an animal.  They can eat
	it, can't they?

The boy laughs again.

EXT.  COUNTRYSIDE - LATER  DAY

Still walking, with two companions.  A Tibetan peasant
WOMAN, and his own mother.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Did you love your husband, before
	you married?

		TIBETAN WOMAN
	I did not know him before I
	married him.  I loved his
	brother, but then, I married his
	brother, too.  He is dead now.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Hmm.

		TIBETAN WOMAN
	The land has stayed in the family.
	We work together.  The nobleman is
	not too bad.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Does he treat you fairly?

A laugh from her.

		TIBETAN WOMAN
	Not too bad.  Rich is rich,
	poor is poor.  We are different.
	Are you married?

Tenzin Gyatso laughs.

The Attendants walk behind the boy, eavesdropping.  Tenzin
Gyatso's Mother plays along.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	No.

		TIBETAN WOMAN
	Too young?

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Much too young.

		TIBETAN WOMAN
	Look for a strong woman, not
	too occupied with her beauty.
	Look for a woinan who keeps
	her hands busy.  Look for
	a kind heart.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Like my mother.

		TIBETAN WOMAN
	I see that.

EXT.  COUNTRYSIDE, STILL LATER  DAY

The Dalai Lama walks beside two boys: his older brother,
Lobsang, and a YOUNG NOBLE BOY.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	This little brother was terribly
	sweet.  When he died, my
	mother was so sad.  A lama said
	to her, before the little brother
	was laid out for burial, take
	a bit of butter and rub a spot on
	his skin.  He will come back to you,
	you will see.
	So, my mother did this, and a few
	years later, a new boy was born.

		NOBLE BOY
	Does he have the spot?

		TENZIN GYATSO
	He does, a little spot where the
	butter had been.

		NOBLE BOY
	Is that a true story, or pretend?

		TENZIN GYATSO
	What do you think?

		NOBLE BOY
	True.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	You decide.

They walk.

		NOBLE BOY
	What does the butter spot feel like?

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Soft.  Nice.
	I have a good friend back in
	Lhasa.  He has a very poor beard,
	with a little spot on his chin
	where no hair grows.  It feels like
	that.

EXT.  EST. SHOT,  DUNGKHAR MONASTERY - ON A HILL,
OVERLOOKING DROMO VALLEY  DAY

It is raining as we see the Dalai Lama on horseback,
climbing the dirt path leading to this beautiful, small
monastery.  The caravan has arrived at its destination.

We hear the chanting of monks.

INT.  THE DALAI LAMA'S PRIVATE ROOMS, DUNGKAAR MONASTERY
DAY

A home has been made:   books on the shelf, screwdrivers all
in a row, European shoes under the bed.  An old Bush radio
receiver, running off a six-volt battery, sits on the floor.
The telescope stands on the terrace.

Two members of the Kashag can be seen in the adjacent room.
The rooms are stark white.

		KASHAG MEMBER
	Of the Tibetan delegations sent
	abroad, all have been turned away.

		TENZIN GYATSO (OC)
	All?

INT.  ADJACENT ROOM  DAY

Tenzin Gyatso, dressed informally, looking peaceful, sits
with his advisors on the floor.  The Lord Chamberlain is
with them.

		KASHAG MEMBER
	Britain, Nepal, America, India.
	All of those governments have
	refused to meet with our
	representatives.

Silence.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	And the United Nations?  Surely?

		KASHAG MEMBER
	The United Nations voted not to
	hear our appeal.

		LORD CHAMBERLAIN
	One country did sponsor the
	resolution.  A land called "El
	Salvador".

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Where is that?

		LORD CHAMBERLAIN
	In the Americas.

Silence.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	So, we must face China and all
	her might alone.

		KASHAG MEMBER
	Yes.
	Most of the Chamdo region is
	now in Chinese hands.  There is
	a report from Chamdo which makes
	quite clear that, unless some
	settlement can soon be reached,
	Communist troops will soon be
	marching on Lhasa.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	With much bloodshed.

		KASHAG MEMBER
	I am afraid.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	I want at all costs to avoid this.
	Do we have news from the delegation
	in China?

		KASHAG MEMBERR
	Not yet, but the Governor of Chamdo,
	Ngabo Jigme, suggests we must
	negotiate and offers to go to Peking.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	He is a capable man.

		LORD CHAMBERLAIN
	Your prime minsters would argue
	that such negotiations should take
	place in Lhasa.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	And then they would concede that the
	times are desperate and we must go
	to Peking.  Agreed.  Send Ngabo.

	Is that all?

		KASHAG MEMBER
	Yes.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Time to study.

The boy gets up.  The prostrations begin.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Wait.

Tenzin Gyatso waves a hand. The men get up, awkwardly.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	We are in the last outposts of Tibet.
	Let's do away with some of this
	formality.

The Dalai Lama leaves the room.

One man still goes down to his knees.

		LORD CHAMBERLAIN
	He is a modern man.
	Just like he was the last time.

INT.  DALAI LAMA'S PRIVATE ROOMS  DUSK

Ling Rinpoche and Tenzin Gyatso sit together.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	"I will liberate those not
	liberated."
	I will release those not
	released.
	I will relieve those not
	relieved.
	May I deliver them to the
	state of enlightenment."

The lead soldier of the Indian Ghurka sits on the low table,
beside Buddha and the tantric instruments.

EXT.  COUNTRYSIDE  DAY

Tenzin Gyatso walks alone in the mountains.  We see his
Bodyguards in the distance.  He comes to a chorten (a stupa
- a small, pagoda-like chapel).  He steps inside.

INT.  CHORTEN  DAY

This is where the Tibetan peasants come to make their
offerings to Buddha.  It is a small space, whitewashed,
quiet.  A painting of Buddha adorns one wall and flowers,
butter lamps, nuts and dried fruit sit before it.

The boy looks closer.

There is a photograph pinned to the wall.

It is a picture of him, as a young boy.  The Incarnate.  The
Precious One.

EXT.  CHORTEN  DAY

The Dalai Lama ties his piece of colored cloth, his mantra,
to this public prayer flag.  The beautiful valley lies at
his feet, the bodyguards keep a polite distance.

INT.  DALAI LAMA'S PRIVATE ROOMS  NIGHT

The boy is tinkering, as he listens to the radio.

It is Peking Radio he is picking up.
We hear a crackly voice begin a very important announcement.

		RADIO VOICE (VO)
	"Today in Peking, a Seventeen
	Point Agreement for the peaceful
	Liberation of Tibet has been signed
	by Representatives of the Government
	of the People's Republic of China
	and the Local Government of Tibet."

Tenzin Gyatso drops his work.  He turns to face the
offending radio.

		RADIO VOICE (VO)
	"Over the last hundred years or more
	aggressive, imperialist forces
	have penetrated into Tibet and
	carried out all manner of deceptions
	and provocations.  Under such
	conditions the Tibetan nationality
	was plunged into the depths
	of enslavement and suffering."

The boy moves closer to the radio, he appears physically
ill.

		RADIO VOICE (VO)
	"Today, this enslavement ends.
	Point One:  The Tibetan people
	shall unite and drive out
	imperialist aggressive forces from
	Tibet. The Tibetan people shall
	return to the big family of the
	Motherland - the People's Republic
	of China."
	Point Two: The Local Government
	of Tibet will actively assist
	the People's Liberation Army to
	enter Tibet and consolidate the
	national defense."

Tenzin Gyatso is stunned.  Frozen.

		LORD CHAMBERLAIN (OC)
	It means we have lost our status
	as an independent nation.

INT.  PARLOR, DUNGKHAR MONASTERY  DAY

Tenzin Gyatso, the two members of the Kashag and the Lord
Chamberlain stand around a clicking telegraph machine.  A
long message curls along the floor.

		KASHAG MEMBER
	Ngabo did not have the state
	seal.  He could not sign.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Yes, but they say he did.

A Kashag Member is reading along as the message comes in.

		KASHAG MEMBER
	Holiness?

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Yes.

		KASHAG MEMBER
	General Chiang Chin-wu, the
	Chinese representative,
	is en route to Dromo.
	He is coming to meet you.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Then, we shall meet.

EXT.  TERRACE, MONASTERY  DAY

View through the telescope:  the Chinese are coming.

A group of officials are headed in the direction of the
monastery.  Within the group of Tibetan noblemen - dressed
in their traditional red and gold silk robes - are three
men, wearing drab, grey suits.

The Chinese men closer and we see that one of them is
smoking a cigarette.

CLOSE on Tenzin Gyatso's face.

INT.  PARLOR, MONASTERY  DAY

The Chinese Delegation, led by GENERAL CHIANG CHIN-WU,
stands waiting in a dimly-lit, yellow room.

A table holds tea and refreshments.

The Dalai Lama and his cabinet members are in the room.
Chairs are provided.

		GENERAL CHIANG CHIN-WU
	Dalai Lama.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	General Chiang.

		GENERAL CHIANG CHIN-WU
	We bring greetings from Chairman
	Mao.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Thank you.  Please sit.

The General does.  So does the Dalai Lama. The other two
Chinese remain standing.

Tenzin Gyatso is quiet, reserved.  Awkward.

		GENERAL CHIANG CHIN-WU
	Have you heard the terms of the
	Seventeen Point Agreement?

		TENZIN GYATSO
	I have.

		GENERAL CHIANG CHIN-WU
	I have a copy for you.

A document is produced.  We notice that the General is
wearing a gold rolex watch.  The Dalai Lama notices, too.
A member of the Kashag takes the document.

		GENERAL CHIANG CHIN-WU
	We come in genuine friendship.

CLOSE on the Dalai Lama.

He makes no response.

		GENERAL CHIANG CHIN-WU
	I am certain you wish to return to
	Lhasa.

Tenzin Gyatso remains silent.

		GENERAL CHIANG CHIN-WU
	Do you have plans to return soon,
	Dalai Lama?

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Soon.

		GENERAL CHIANG CHIN-WU
	Good.  Our first request is that you
	allow us to build a road.  You have
	no roads in Tibet.  We can discuss
	the plans in Lhasa.  When you return.

No response.

		GENERAL CHIANG-WU
	Thank you.  We leave now.

The General rises as the boy remains seated.  With a moment
of awkward silence, the Chinese depart.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Let me see the agreement.

It is handed to him.  He opens to the last page and looks at
the impression made by the state seal.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Counterfeit.

He closes the document and hands it back to the official.

EXT.  TERRACE  DAY

The boy watches the delegation leave the hilltop station.

Taktra Rinpoche and the Lord Chamberlain are with him.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	I thought he would be some kind of
	monster, even with horns growing out
	of his head.  But, he is only
	a man, just an ordinary human
	being, like myself.  Life is
	always a lesson.

EXT.  DALAI LAMA'S PRIVATE ROOMS  DAY

Again, an informal meeting is in session.

		KASHAG MEMBER
	Your Prime Ministers, support the
	proposal that you return to Lhasa.
	On the opposite hand, some officials
	urge you not to return.  They
	believe you should leave now,
	for India.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	If I were to go into exile, could we
	expect any serious assistance, from
	India, suppose?

		LORD CHANBERLAIN
	It is unlikely.  America, perhaps.
	There is great anti-communist feeling
	in America.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	At this point, the most likely
	result of a foreign pact is war.

		LORD CHAABERLAIN
	The Chinese would see such a
	pact as an open declaration of war.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Tibet, at war?  No.
	China is close, America is far
	away.  After countless people
	die, China would still, always,
	be close.  We will work
	with what we have.

		KASHAG MEMBER
	And as for your own safety, Holiness?

A pause.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	I am scared.

		LORD CHAMBERLAIN
	Shall we consult the protective
	deities, Holiness?

		TENZIN GYATSO
	My first and foremost duty is to
	protect my people.  I feel sure
	of this.

	And, things change.  Maybe not right
	away, maybe not soon.  But I believe
	this - things will change.

The boy snaps his fingers.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Impermanence.
	Our own short lifetimes are
	not the only valid consideration.

	I shall return.

INT.  DALAI LAMA'S PRIVATE ROOMS  NIGHT

Tenzin Gyatso is asleep.  We have not seen him this still,
this peaceful, in a long time.  He sleeps in the "Buddha~
pose" - on his right side9 his head resting in his right
hand.  The wall behind him is white.

We begin to hear the unique Tibetan music.

DREAM SEQUENCE

Tenzin Gyatso rides a grey mule across the empty, mysterious
landscape of Tibet.

The boy is back in his own home in Amdo province.

But, he is not the baby he was when he left there, he is
sixteen.  His family is together, but they are all the sizes
and ages they were at the beginning of the story.  Tenzin
Gyatso is very happy, sitting on the raised platform in the
kitchen, playing a game with pebbles.

Taktra Rinpoche - the aged Taktra - enters and sits down
beside him.

		TAKTRA RINPOCHE
	I hope you will not feel badly
	about all the things of childhood
	you missed.

The boy does not speak, just looks, kindly, at the man.

		TAKTRA RINPOCHE
	You lost so much.  I am sorry.

The boy shakes his head "no".

		TAKTRA RINPOCHE
	Goodbye, Kundun.

Suddenly, another man speaks;

		NORBU THUNDRUP (OC)
	Goodbye, Kundun.

Tenzin Gyatso turns his head to see his best friend.

		TENZIN GYATSO
		(he only mouths it)
	No!

And now, the Dalai Lama's Father is seen in a corner of the
kitchen.

		FATHER
	Goodbye, Kundun.

		TENZIN GYATSO (silent)
	No!

The boy turns to the sweeper once more, holds out his hand,
and mouths:

		TENZIN GYATSO
	No, Norbu!

Reverse on Norbu, fading away.

DREAM SEQUENCE ENDS

Tenzin Gyatso eyes burst open.  He is awake.  He is older.
Twenty.  But, there is something ageless about him, now.

INT.  DALAI LAMA'S ROOM, THE POTALA  PRE-DAWN

The boy begins this day.

He is in his old room at the Potala, in Lhasa.  The green
mural of the Fifth Dalai Lama is behind him.  He has risen.
from the red-curtained bed.

The Masters of the Kitchen and the Robe arrive and begin
their preparations for the day.

A NEW SWEEPER works in the adjacent room.

The sun rises.

EXT.  THE POTALA  DAY

Like a painting, the beautiful monastery fills the screen
with its white walls and red roof.

Shouting is heard.

		GENERAL CHIANG (OC)
	I hate meeting here, this
	tribute to the past!  I demand
	a less formal meeting place.

CLOSE on the red, bulging face of General Chiang.

INT.  GREAT HALL, THE POTALA  DAY

Behind the General hang fantastic thangkas of the Fifth
Dalai Lama.

		GENERAL CHIANG
	I am not a foreigner!
	I refuse to be treated like one.

The Dalai Lama is shaken by this violent behavior.
He adjusts his new eye glasses.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	You see here thangkas of the
	Fifth Dalai Lama, the founder
	of our government.  It is tradition
	at formal meetings for these
	thangkas to be hung.

		GENERAL CHIANG
	Superstitions.  Tibet is part of a
	modern nation.

The General sits.

		GENERAL CHIANG
	I want the songs stopped.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Songs?  What songs?

A slight smile.

		PRIME MINISTER LUKHANGWA
	Street songs about the General.
	Reference to his gold watch.
	He is right, they are quite
	insulting.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	I have no authority to ban singing
	in my country.

		GENERAL CHIANG
	You must also do something about
	the public meetings.  I see this,
	memorandum circulating, with Tibetan
	grievances.

		LUKHANGWA
	You have cracked a man's skull
	and that crack has not healed.
	It is too soon to expect
	him to be your friend.

		GENERAL CHIANG
	We are simply respecting the terms of
	the Seventeen Point Agreement.

		LUKHANGWA
	Are you, General?

		GENERAL CHIANG
	We want 2,000 more tons of barley
	distributed.

		LUKHANGWA
	Impossible!  You will bring famine
	down on the people of Tibet with
	these insatiable demands!
	More food, the best land for
	your soldiers to camp.

		GENERAL CHIANG
	The People's Liberation Army pays
	for all food and lodging.

		LUKHANGWA
	So far, they do.
	But, the quantity, it does not
	exist.  You will have to re-
	evaluate your needs.

The men glare at one another.

		GENERAL CHIANG
	How much tea do you drink,
	Prime Minister?

		LUKHANGWA
	It depends on the quality.
	And, that it be Indian.

The General leaps to his feet and is about to strike the
Prime Minister.

The Dalai Lama runs between then.  He holds the General
back.

		LUKHANGWA
	Why is it necessary for the Chinese
	to keep so many soldiers in Lhasa?

		GENERAL CHIANG
	To protect.  To serve you.
	Chairman Mao wants you to feel that
	China belongs to you now.

		LUKHANGWA
	Chairman Mao can keep China.
	Just give us back Tibet.

The General backs away and brings himself under control.

		GENERAL CHIANG
	Plans for absorbing the Tibetan army
	into the People's Army will soon be
	finalized.

		LUKHANGWA
	I will not approve it.

		GENERAL CHIANG
	Then, we will begin with replacing
	the Tibetan flag with the flag of the
	Motherland.

		LUKHANGWA
	And we will begin with tearing
	it down.

Tenzin Gyatso stands between these furious men.  He raises a
hand, silently requesting peace.

EXT.  TERRACE  DAY

We hear the sound of martial drums and trumpets and tubas.

The Dalai Lama is at his telescope.

Three thousand PLA soldiers march along the shepherds's
trail.  They march behind huge, red banners of Mao Tse-tung
and Chu-te.

This time, the soldiers do look like monsters.  Their faces
are grey - coated with Tibetan dust.  Their peaked hats look
vaguely like horns, their tattered, khaki uniforms like
rough hide.

Monks line the trail, whipping at the soldiers with their
long, maroon robes.  Women and children spit at the Chinese,
clap at them, hoping to chase this evil away.

INT.  DALAI LAMA'S PRIVATE ROOMS, THE POTALA  DAY

The Prime Ministers, Lukhangwa and Lobsang Tashi, submit
their resignations to His Holiness.

The boy takes the roll of parchment from them.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	I am so sorry.

		LUKHANGWA
	It must be done.
	We can no longer meet with the
	Chinese, they refuse us.

We hear the sounds of those Chinese tubas and trumpets.
We hear trucks.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	I accept your resignations.

		LOBSANG TASHI
	Have you chosen your new Prime
	Ministers, Holiness?

		TENZIN GYATSO
	There will be no new Prime Ministers.

		LUKHANGWA
	You will face great difficulties,
	Holiness.

The boy affixes his small piece of parchment to the document
and makes a mark on it.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	They have taken away our silence.

EXT.  KYICHU RIVER  DAY

The Dalai Lama, with much pomp and ceremony, walks down a
white carpet and steps into a coracle.

The entourage includes:  the Lord Chamberlain, the Kashag,
His Holiness's Mother and youngest Brother, tutors and
attendants.

A hundred monks stand, chanting, on the far bank.

EXT.  PLAINS OF TIBET  DAY

The Fourteenth Dalai Lama rides in a Chinese jeep.  Dust
surrounds him.  A yellow silk umbrella shades him.

We see that a road is under construction - a road into
Lhasa. The first road in Tibet.  The Dalai Llama is travelling
in the opposite direction.  He is leaving his country,
traveling on rugged, flattened earth.

EXT.  BARREN COUNTRYSIDE  DAY

The way is tougher here - the Dalai Lama is on mule back.

EXT.  CHINESE BORDER TOWN, SHINGANG  DAY

This is a different land.  There are rice paddies and water
buffalo.  The altitude and barrenness of Tibet have been
replaced by greener pastures, jagged mountaintops and
Chinese natives.

INT.  AIRPLANE  NIGHT

Tenzin Gyatso gets his ride in an airplane - an antique. It
is bumpy and noisy.  He sits on an un-upholstered, steel
frame.

INT.  TRAIN  DAY

The Dalai Lama travels by train.

INT.  TRAIN STATION  DAY

The train pulls into the station.

There are hundreds of people awaiting the arrival of the
Dalai Lama - hundreds of "China pictorial", red-cheeked,
Chinese communists;  men, women and children, waving little
red flags.

Tenzin Gyatso steps off the train and there is a roar of
approval.   Song breaks out - the People's Republic National
Anthem.

The young man is overwhelmed.

We begin to sense that something is wrong, something is
artificial.  The people's presence is demanded here today.
This is a forced display of regard.

INT.  GREAT HALL OF THE PEOPLE  DAY

The Dalai Lama, and his retinue sit in this Great Hall,
decorated with a portrait of Chairman Mao.

The Great Helmsman himself is speaking.

Mao Tse Tung's presence is charismatic.  His delivery is
powerful - simple, yet firm.  He is spellbinding.

		MAO TSE TUNG
	The mission of China is to bring
	progress to Tibet.  Develop its
	natural resources.  Help its
	people develop democracy.
	We welcome you, Tibet, back to
	the Motherland!

INT.  DALAI LAMA'S ROOM, CHINESE GUEST HOUSE  NIGHT

Tenzin Gyatso snoops around this room.  He opens drawers,
cabinets, just as a child would.  He finds odd little pieces
of ceramics, pens, paper.

He moves to the bathroom, runs a bath.  Hot water.
Electricity.  This is the modern world.

INT.  MAO'S OFFICE  DAY

The Dalai Lama sits beside Chairman Mao as a horde of
photographers flash bulbs in their faces.  Mao offers His
Holiness a plate of Chinese delicacies.

We notice that Mao's clothes are shabby and old. (His suit
is always a shade lighter than everyone else's grey-drab).
His cuffs are frayed, his collar is worn.  But, his shoes,
are beautifully polished.

He has exquisite, delicate hands and his skin is shinny.

Later, Chairman Mao and the Dalai Lama sit across from one
another.

Tenzin Gyatso takes notes as Mao speaks.

		MAO TSE TUNG
	I am so glad that Tibet has
	come back to the Motherland.

Tenzin Gyatso quietly sips his tea.

		MAO TSE TUNG
	You must inform me at once if
	any of our people abuse the
	Tibetans trust and good nature.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	I have great hopes for the future of
	our co-operation.

		MAO TSE TUNG
	It is too early to implement all the
	clauses of the Seventeen Point
	Agreement.  We will establish a
	Preparatory Committee for the
	Autonomous Region of Tibet.  The pace
	of reform must meet with the
	desires of the Tibetan people.
	Changes must be made slowly, as you,
	yourself, judge necessary.

Mao speaks and moves very slowly.  He pants and wheezes.  He
appears to be sick.  Tenzin Gyatso takes notes.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	I am happy to hear you say this,
	Chairman Mao.  I have created a
	reform committee to investigate
	grievances and we have abolished
	Inherited Tax, and forgiven all
	money owed the Government by
	people who are unable to pay.

		MAO TSE TUNG
	Good. Very good.
	Tibet is a great country.  A
	a wonderful history.  Long ago, you
	even conquered part of China.
	But now you have fallen behind and we
	want to help you.  In twenty years
	time you could be ahead of us.
	Then it will be your turn to help
	China.

Tenzin Gyatso writes in his notebook.

		MAO TSE TUNG
	You know, I have great respect for
	your Lord Buddha.  He was anti-caste.
	Anti-corruption.  Anti-exploitation.
	For some, politics and religion can
	mix.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	For me, I think such a mix is
	crucial.

		MAO TSE TUNG
	Have a sweet. Made in my home
	province.  The kind my mother used
	to make.

The Dalai Lama accepts.

EXT.  GARDEN, GUEST HOUSE  DAY

Tenzin Gyatso does physical exercise with a few Chinese
Bodyguards.

EXT.  GARDEN, GUEST HOUSE  DAY

Tenzin Gyatso studies with Ling Rinpoche.
The Lord Chamberlain sits with them.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	"If moral discipline is learned
	from the beginning, one possesses
	the root for achieving higher
	rebirth.  A staircase for achieving
	liberation.  An antidote eliminating
	misery and sorrow.  Without
	discipline there is no method."

Pause.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	I am thinking of becoming a Communist
	Party Member. I like what I see of
	Marxism.  It is based on equality
	and justice for all. I believe
	Chairman Mao wishes the best for
	our people.  Our path must be
	non-violence.  Co-operation.

The Lord Chamberlain simply looks at the young man.  He has
nothing to say.

INT.  MAO'S OFFICE  NIGHT

There is a knock and Tenzin Gyatso is led into the room.

Mao is at his desk, working late, smoking heavily.

		MAO TSE TUNG
	Ah, Dalai Lama, thank you for
	coming so late.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	I leave tomorrow.

		MAO TSE TUNG
	Yes, I am aware.  How has your
	time in China been?

Tenzin Gyatso sits. He takes out his book and pen, ready to
take notes.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	I have been greatly impressed by your
	accomplishments.  Industrial
	progress.  Great efficiency.
	Your people are capable and
	courteous.

		MAO TSE TUNG
	You have a lot to learn about
	organization.  How to draw out
	people's opinions.  How to make
	key decisions.  Train your young
	Tibetans.  When I make contact
	with you, I want to reach you
	through a Tibetan.

		DALAI LAMA
	Always.

Tenzin Gyatso records Mao's words.

		MAO TSE TUNG
	Your attitude is good, you know.
	I understand you well.
	But you need to learn this:
	religion is poison.
	It undermines the race and it
	retards the progress of the
	people.  Tibet has been poisoned
	by religion.

The boy cannot look up.  He is in shock.  We see the last
words he writes:

	"Religion is poison."

		MAO TSE TUNG
	Well, let me walk you to your car.

Tenzin Gyatso slowly gets to his feet.  We must see on his
face that he realizes it has all been lies.  All the kind
words and promises, it must all be lies.

He is unable to raise his face to Mao's.  All he sees before
him are those shinny shoes, those exquisitely shaped,
glistening hands.

EXT.  MAO'S OFFICE  NIGHT

Outside this building, a black car is waiting.  It is
bitterly cold.

Mao - wearing no hat, no coat, and coughing - opens the door
for the boy.

The Dalai Lama shakes the man's hand.

		MAO TSE TUNG
	Take care of your health.

Tenzin Gyatso gets into the car and Mao slams the door.

INT.  CAR  NIGHT

As the car drives away, Tenzin Gyatso turns to see the
Chairman, still standing in the cold, still waving goodbye.

Then, Tenzin Gyatso looks straight ahead and says:

		TENZIN GYATSO
       He will betray us.

The view pulls back. The Lord Chamberlain sits beside the
young man.

		LORD CHAMBEPIAIN
       Did you ever doubt it?

		TENZIN GYATSO
       I had relinquished doubt.

EXT.  TENZIN GYATSO'S HOUSE IN AMDO  DAY

The Dalai Lama and members of his retinue stand in front of
his old house in the village of Taktser, Amdo Province.

The young man smiles as he enters the courtyard.  He pauses
to look at the prayer flag, flapping in the breeze.

He opens the front door.

INT.  HOUSE  DAY

A family of relatives inhabits the house.  They bow to His
Holiness as the young man makes his way to the kitchen.

INT.  KITCHEN  DAY

Tenzin Gyatso steps into the kitchen - he might have to bend
his head under the low ceiling.  He laughs his wonderful
laugh.

Immediately, a woman approaches with a cup of tea.

But the hand of a Chinese official reaches out, takes the
tea and returns it to her.  It is not permitted.

The woman looks confused.  Tenzin Gyatso is humiliated.

EXT.  HOUSE  DAY

A group has gathered outside the house.

Tenzin Gyatso goes toward them as they prostrate.  When they
have finished, he reaches out his hands to take theirs.

He says to one old woman:

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Are you happy?

The OLD WOMAN says, with tears in her eyes:

		OLD WOMAN
	I am very happy and prosperous
	under the guidance of the Chinese
	Communist Party and chairman
	Mao Tse Tung.

It is a horrifying announcement.

The Dalai Lama touches her head.  She weeps and clutches his
hands.

The young man looks up, over her head, to Kyeri, the
protectress mountain of this small village.

We hear loudspeakers, blaring, in the background -
trumpeting propaganda about Chairman Mao and the People's
Liberation Army.

Tibetan horns blow.  It sounds like a warning.

CLOSE on a newspaper.  It is a Chinese newspaper and the
picture on the front page shows a row of severed, Tibetan
heads.

INT.  DALAI LAMA'S PRIVATE ROOMS  DAY

Tenzin Gyatso puts the paper down.  He removes his glasses
and turns to his advisor - the grand Lord Chamberlain.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	I ask them to stop, to lay
	down their guns.

		LORD CHAMBERLAIN
	The Khamba's gun is his most prized
	possession.  I admire them so.
	They face a modern, well equipped
	army, and still, they fight.

The Dalai Lama rubs his face with his hands.

		LORD CHAMBERLAIN
	Land reform is underway in Amdo.  The
	large estates are being confiscated
	and redistributed. Landlords are
	being punished.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	A beggar can be called a landlord if
	he disapproves of the Chinese.

The men are silent.  We hear the constant sound of trucks
and cars.

The Lord Chamberlain is notably pausing.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	I have always asked for plain
	information.  Just the truth.

		LORD CHAMBERLAIN
	The Communists put their guns
	in the hands of the Khamba children
	and force the child to kill
	the parent.
	They have dropped bombs
	on the monastery of Lithang
	in Kham.  It has been destroyed.
	Women and children, trying to
	escape from the fighting, have been
	shot with machine guns, fired from
	airplanes.

Again, silence.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	The pursuit of non-violence.
	Very difficult.

		LORD CHAMBERLAIN
	Non-violence means co-operation
	when it is possible.  Resistance,
	when it is not.

EXT.  TERRACE  DAY

His Holiness walks to the terrace.  He aims the telescope.

Below him he sees a new Lhasa - a Lhasa full of trucks and
Chinese soldiers.  A traffic island stands in the center of
an intersection.  The town walls are white-washed.  The
political posters are gone.

INT.  DALAI LAMA'S PRIVATE ROOMS, THE NORBULINKA DAY

A small group sits waiting on red velvet chairs: the Dalai
Lama, the Lord Chamberlain and the Kashag.

General Chiang enters the room. He finds a chair and pours
himself a cup of tea.  We cannot help but notice - he is
armed.

		GENERAL CHIANG
	We have decided that no drastic
	changes will take place in Tibet
	for six years. This should make
	you happy.

Silence.

		GENERAL CHIANG
	It seems a revolt has
	broken out in the east.
	We have decided that the Tibetan
	army must be used against the
	Khamba guerrillas.

The General sips.

The Dalai Lama answers.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	I will not approve it.

The General looks up, surprised.  It took a great deal of
courage for the young man to answer back, so determinedly.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	You have bombed on peaceful
	people.

		GENERAL CHIANG
	We must deal with these
	reactionaries!

		TENZIN GYATSO
	No.  We are peace loving people.
	I am afraid we cannot trust you.

The General sputters:

		GENERAL CHIANG
	We are here to heal the people
	of Tibet.  You need reform.
	You have no sense of what
	is good for your people.
	We are here to liberate
	you!

Now, the boy finds his voice.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	I burn here, but I am not suppose
	to let the smoke show.  Yes, we need
	reform.  The monasteries.
	Communications.  Schools.  But we
	want change for Tibet, as Tibet needs
	it, not for China.

The General starts to speak but Tenzin Gyatso keeps talking.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Buddha is our physician, General, he
	will heal us.  Comapssion and
	enlightnement will set us free.
	You can not liberate me
	I can only liberate myself.

The General leaves the room.

		LORD CHAMBERLAIN
	They will take Lhasa next.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	The people will not allow it.

INT.  PRAYER ROOM, NORBULINKA  NIGHT

The Nechung Oracle is in full swing.  It is an especially
vivid and violent spin he is in.  The headdress whips this
way and that, and finally he says:

		NECHUNG ORACLE
	Where there is no crossing
	a big river, no fords, no
	shallows, where the only hope is a
	boat, and there is no boat...
	I will put a boat, Kundun.

	The wish-Fulfilling Jewel will
	shine from the West.

It is a strange and confusing prophecy.

EXT./ INT.  NORBULINKA  DAY

A few random views of the Norbulinka:

The wandering deer and peacocks.  The fish pond and its
inhabitants.

Over these pictures we hear words:

		TENZIN GYATSO (OC)
	"I rejoice in the Awakening of the
	Buddhas, and also in the spiritual
	levels of their Sons."

The projection room.  The full sheep pen.  The parents's
home.

		TENZIN GYATSO (OC)
	"And with gladness I rejoice
	in the ocean of virtue from
	developing an awakening mind
	that wishes all beings to be
	happy..."

The Yellow Wall.  The Dalai Lama's red room.

		TENZIN GYATSO (OC)
	"As well as in the deeds that bring
	them benefit.

And now, we hear the voices of a great many people,
reciting:

		TENZIN GYATSO
		AND OTHERS (OC)
	"With folded hands I beseech
	the Buddhas of all directions.
	To shine the lamp of Dharma
	For all bewildered in the gloom of
	misery."

EXT.  GARDENS, NORBULINKA  DAY

In the midst of war, there is beauty.

The Dalai Lama performs the Kalachakra ceremony.

It is a beautiful, ornate, colorful ceremony.  A prayer for
world peace.

Tenzin Gyatso sits on a platform of cushions, above the
heads of the abbots and lamas and tutors, above the
heads of the Tibetan noblemen, and nomads and Khambas and
pesants from all corners of the land who attend the
ceremony.

		TENZIN GYATSO AND OTHERS
	"With folded hands I beseech
	the Conquerors who wish to pass away,
	to please remain for countless aeons
	And not to leave the world in
	darkness."

The Dalai Lama proceeds with the ceremony.  He handles and
blesses sacred objects, he lifts his bell and dorge.

Rice is passed among the people.  Rice is thrown.

A Tibetan chant is sung.

Beside His Holiness is a large, yellow silk pagoda.

The view moves inside the pagoda as the chanting continues.

INT.  PAGODA  DAY

We see a mandala - a beautiful, intricate, sand-painting.

The home of Kalachakra.

		TENZIN GYATSO (OC)
	"Thus by the virtue collected
	Through all that I have done,
	May the pain of every living
	creature be completely cleared away."

The whole screen becomes this mandala as the chanting an
cymbals and deep resonating sounds of the song continue and
then, a hand comes into the mandala and begins to sweep it
up.

Pull back to see that the hand belongs to Tenzin Gyatso.

Tenzin Gyatso collects the ground particles of Tibetan
quartz and rock.  He destroys the painstakingly lovely sand
painting.

The chanting becomes louder and louder and it mixes with the
sound of the river.

EXT.  KYICHU RIVER  DUSK

Tenzin Gyatso pours the sand into the river.

We watch the river take color and the mandala floats away.

This view is overlapped by one of extreme horror.

DREAM SEQUENCE

The lovely Norbulinka garden, the park where opera pageants
and Kalachakra ceremonies take place, is now, a killing
field.

Hundreds of dead, slaughtered monks, lie on the blood-
drenched ground, under the peach and pear trees.  Chinese
soldiers move amongst the monks, turning over the dead
bodies, searching those silent faces.  The Solder we see is
carrying a photo of His Holiness.  They are searching for
the Dalai Lama.

It is a nightmare.

We hear crying.

DREAM SEQUENCE ENDS.

Tenzin Gyatso wakes up.  Shaking, crying, he is alone, in
the dark.  He can barely catch his breath.

The screen goes black.

CLOSE on an invitation:

	His Holiness, the Dalai Lama of
	Tibet, is invited to attend a Dance
	Recital at the newly erected, Great
	Hall of the Liberation Army.

	10 March, 1959.

EXT.  THE POTALA  DAWN

A last view of the great monastery.

We hear the sound of thousands of Tibetan women shouting;

		WOMEN (OC)
	Chinese, GO!
	Chinese, GO!
	Chinese, GO!

EXT.  DALAI LAMA'S RESIDENCE, NORBULINKA  DAY

Tenzin Gyatso steps outside.  The shouting grows louder:

		WOMEN AND MEN (OC)
	Chinese, GO!
	Chinese, GO!
	Chinese, GO!

The young man looks around at the peaceful premises.  People
we know - uembers of the Kashag, attendants, tutors, the
Dalai Lama's Mother, sweepers - appear in the garden, one by
one, all listening to the sounds of a uob gathering outside
the walls of the Norbulinka.

		WOMEN AND HEN (OC)
	Chinese, GO!
	Chinese, GO!
	Chinese, GO!

INT.  DALAI LAMA'S PRIVATE ROOMS, NORBULINKA  DAY

A meeting is in progress.

		LORD CHAMBERLAIN
	The crowd will not disperse
	until you give your assurance that
	you will not attend the Chinese
	festivities.
	Many who have been invited to dine
	with the Chinese do not return home.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	I will not go.

		LORD CHAMBERLAIN
	I will alert the Chinese delegation.

	You know, I would never have let you
	go alone, Kundun.

INT.  PARENTS'S HOME, NORBULINKA  DAY

The Dalai Lama enters his Mother's home.

It is very guiet here.  The young man looks at the family
photographs on the blue walls, the needlework on the table,
the seven copper bowls in front of the statue of Buddha.

		MOTHER (OC)
	Did you come to tell me we are
	leaving Lhasa?

The boy fills the seven bowls with water.  His Mother lights
the butter lamps.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Do you think I must?

		MOTHER
	You decide.

He says, softly:

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Tibet has never been part of
	China.  We are different races.
	We are different cultures.
	We need change, we know that.
	But we could do it alone.
	We were just about to do it
	alone.

The young man fills the last bowl with water.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	I am afraid I will go.
	Far, far away.

EXT.  GARDENS, NORBULINKA  DUSK

The Lord Chamberlain approaches the Dalai Lama as he leaves
his Mother's house.

		LORD CHAMBERLAIN
	We are now accused of aiding the
	rebels.  The Chinese said we can
	expect drastic measures to be
	taken to crush this revolt.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Arrange for me to speak to the
	people's leaders.

The Lord Chamberlain hurries away.

INT.  DALAI LAMA'S PRIVATE ROOMS  DUSK

A last meeting in session.

The Kashag is present, as are fifty leaders of the
opposition - rough, tired men.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	I fear that there will be great
	bloodshed if you cannot convince
	the people to disperse and go home.
	I am safe.

		FIRST LEADER
	Holiness, the Chinese tried to entice
	you to their garrison with
	out protection of bodyguard.
	Even now, they urge you to come
	to them for safety. They are
	bringing more troops and guns and
	artillery into Lhasa.
	There are three airplanes waiting
	outside Lhasa. What do they wait
	for?  They are planning to kill the
	Dalai Lama.  Don't you see?

INT.  DALAI LAMA'S PRIVATE ROOMS  NIGHT

The Dalai Lama consults the Nechung Oracle.  Alone.

The Oracle whispers:

		NECHUNG ORACLE
	Stay.

INT.  DALAI LAMA'S PRIVATE ROOMS  NIGHT

It is late at night.  The boy is alone.  He sits in front of
his altar - meditating.

INT.  DALAI LAMA'S PRIVATE ROOMS  NIGHT

The Nechung Oracle is brought in.  The monk quiets himself
and readies himself for the trance.

The Dalai Lama waits.  Again, alone.

Slowly, the trance comes on, the heavy headdress is placed
on the monk's head, the attendants leave the room and then,
the Oracle speaks.

		NECHUNG ORACLE
	Stay.  I tell you to stay.

EXT.  DALAI LAMA'S RESIDENCE  DAY

The Lord Chamberlain hurries up the stairs.

Tenzin Gyatso steps forward, out of the shadows.

		LORD CHAMBERLAIN
	The Chinese are planning to attack
	the crowd and shell the Norbulinka.
	You are asked to indicate on a map
	where you will be so that the
	artillery men will not mistakenly
	aim at you.

The Dalai Lama walks down the outdoor stairs.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Tell them I will be here.
	With my people. Right here.

INT.  DALAI LAMA'S PRIVATE ROOMS  DAY

The young man is studying with Ling Rinpoche. Books of
scripture are stacked in front of him.

Suddenly, there is a tremendous, loud explosion, and then,
another.

Tenzin Gyatso gets up and runs to the window he looked out
of the day of the earthquake.

EXT.  GARDENS, NORBULINKA  DAY

There is shouting and chaos.  The Chinese have begun
shelling the Norbulinka.  The north wall and the grounds
directly in front of it are on fire.

INT.  DALAI LAMA'S ROOM  DAY

This time the Oracle is in the room first.  He is surrounded
by his attendants and the members of the Kashag, the Lord
Chamberlain, Ling Rinpoche and various tutors and lamas.

The tension is thick.  Finally, the Dalai Lama enters.

Tenzin Gyatso sits.  He waits.  The trance begins, the
headdress is set upon the medium's head and the Oracle
begins to dance, and then, he begins to shout:

		ORACLE
	Go!  Go!  Tonight!

The Oracle staggers forward, snatches up some paper and a
pen and begins to draw a map, a route, out of Lhasa.  He
keeps repeating:

		ORACLE
	Go!  Tonight!  Go!

CLOSE on the map - drawn with a shaking, sweating hand.

We see mountains, and a pass, and the names of towns along
the way.

Tenzin Gyatso rises and goes to the Oracle.  He looks down
at the map.  The Oracle hands the Dalai Lama the map and
faints as his frightened attendants rush to loosen the strap
of the headdress before the poor man chokes.

INT.  DALAI LAMA'S PRIVATE ROOMS  DUSK

The boy sits at the table, writing.  We can hear the crowd,
shouting, outside the Norbulinka walls.  We see just a few
words of the letter:

	Please do not resist.

	Take refuge on the far side of the
	river.

Attendants pack, quietly and quickly.

INT.  ALTAR ROOM  NIGHT

The chapel of Mahakala.

We are reminded of secret, sacred moments, from long ago.

Tenzin Gyatso opens the heavy, creaking door.  The Dalai
Lama is in disguise.  He is wearing the clothes of a Khamba
guerrilla - dark, woolen chuba and tall black boots.

Monks sit on the floor, chanting.  One monk stands by a
large urn, ladling out butter for the lamps.

Tenzin Gyatso goes to the front of the room.

A monk begins to play the cymbals. Another puts the
Tibetan horn to his lips and blows a long, mournful note.

The Dalai Lama lays a white silk scarf - a kata - over the
shoulders of this imposing statue.

Then, he sits for a moment.

In the weak light, in the black room, Tenzin Gyatso is lost
among the other praying monks.

EXT.  HALLWAY OF RESIDENCE  NIGHT

The Dalai Lama walks down the hall.  He says to a sweeper:

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Dim the lights.

and then he bow bends down, to pat a dog.

INT.  DALAI LAMA'S PRIVATE ROOMS  NIGHT

Tenzin Gyatso rolls the thangka of Penden Lhamo and slides
it into its ancient container.

The young man places the scroll over one shoulder.

INT.  ENTRANCE OF RESIDENCE, NORBULINKA  NIGHT

CLOSE on the little cabinet in the corner of the entrance
hall.

Tenzin Gyatso's hands open the doors.

The young man pulls open the drawer which contains the false
teeth.

Tenzin Gyatso pulls a rolled kata from his coat.  He tucks
the lead soldier of an Indian Ghurka into the center of the
scarf.  He places the bundle in the drawer.

Then, he adds something.  A sweet.  The kind his Mother
makes.

He closes the drawer, and locks it.

He hides the key, again, behind the small, unobtrusive
cabinet.

EXT.  RESIDENCE, STAIRS  NIGHT

With a soldier on either side of him, the Dalai Lama
descends the staircase.

The Soldiers start to lead him away, but he pauses.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Wait.

The young man leaves them.

EXT.  RESIDENCE  NIGHT

He walks to the far side of this white building.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	I see a safe journey.

The boy returns to the front steps.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	I see a safe return.

The soldiers wait.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	Now.  I am ready.

Tenzin Gyatso places the scroll over one shoulder.  A
soldier lays a rifle over the other one.

EXT.  GARDENS, NORBULINKA  NIGHT

The three men walk quietly through the empty gardens.  We
hear the sounds of the crowd grow louder.

EXT.  WALL  NIGHT

The soldiers pause, look to His Holiness.  Tenzin Gyatso
removes his glasses, puts them in his bag, then nods - and
the soldiers open the gate.

		SOLDIER
	Move aside, tour of inspection,
	move aside.

Of course, we see only a fraction of the crowd - angry men
and women.

A man steps beside His Holiness.

Tenzin Gyatso looks up - face to face.

It is the Khamba bodyguard, the monk who guarded him so many
times.  The man with the horrible face.

		KHAMBA BODYGUARD
	Move aside, let us through.
	Move aside!

The Dalai Lama is between the soldiers, shouldering his own
gun.  The Bodyguard falls in behind.

The little group makes its way through the crowd.

EXT.  TRIBUTARY OF ThE KYICHU RIVER  NIGHT

In the same place where the little Tenzin Gyatso tentatively
tested one rock, the escape party crosses on the slippery,
stepping stones.

EXT.  COUNTRYSIDE  NIGHT

The small party makes its way across a bit of countryside.

People are camped here - Khambas, farmers, nomads.  The
Dalai Lama crosses to safety - unnoticed.

EXT.  KYICHU RIVER  NIGHT

Coracles await.

The Dalai Lama climbs in, the Lord Chmaberlian sits beside
him.  The soldiers push off. The Khamba Bodyguard stands on
the bank, alone.

Every splash of the oars sounds like it could wake the dead.

Tenzin Gyatso looks back.  He puts on his glasses.

He sees camp fires and the glow of torches.  He hears echoed
voices.

He looks up.  He sees the stars and the moon and that
incomparable Tibetan sky.

He looks forward.

He sees mountains.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	I have always loved mountains.

He is handed a steaming cup of tea.

And then, a cloud passes over the moon.

EXT.  COUNTRYSIDE  NIGHT

On horse back, the party makes its way up a mountain pass.

There are more members now - Tenzin Gyatso has joined those
who left ahead of him - members of the Kashag, tutors, his
Mother, his Brother.

It is tough going.  The ground seems like quick sand with
every step a struggle.  When the horses have disappeared
from sight, a sand storm arises, wiping away their tracks.

EXT.  COUNTRYSIDE  NIGHT

The party passes above an encampment of Chinese soldiers.
They are not seen.

EXT.  COUNTRYSIDE  DAY

The party travels through the emptiness.

EXT.  MOUNTAIN PASS  DUSK

His Holiness walks beside his horse.

He joins other members of the group standing on a ridge.

Tenzin Gyatso picks up a rock and throws it over the side.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	"Right will be victorious."

And now, the others do the same.  The Lord Chamberlain says:

		LORD CHAMBERLAIN
	"The Gods will be avenged!"

EXT.  OUTSKIRTS OF TIBET  DAY

The Dalai Lama sits before a low table set up on this
desolate border.

A document is before him.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	I repudiate the Seventeen Point
	Agreement

With a slap of the State Seal of Tibet, this is done.

The Lord Chamberlain removes this document and replaces it
with another.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	I constitute the Government
	of Tibet, the only legal
	authority in the land.

The seal comes down hard once more.  It is done.

EXT.  BORDER  DAY

A sick and tired Tenzin Gyatso makes the last leg of his
trip on the back of a black yak.

Before him, through the light rain, we see a small bamboo
arch erected in the middle of nowhere.  Six Indian GHURKAS,
wearing floppy, jungle hats and heavy, British boots, stand
at attention.

The Dalai Lama, on his black yak, passes under this babboo
gateway as the Indian Soldiers raise their guns in salute.

An Indian soldier goes to the yak and helps the sick man
from his mount.

Tenzin Gyatso stands, barely able to hold himself on his
feet.  His hand rests on the yak's back.

The Indian soldier steps closer and, knowing he is breaking
protocol, he whispers:

		SOLDIER
	With all respect, may I ask?
	Who are you?

The young man smiles at the Soldier - a man who looks like
the lead soldier come alive.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	What you see before you is
	a man.  A simple monk.

		SOLDIER
	Are you the Lord Buddha?

Pause.

		TENZIN GYATSO
	I think I am a reflection,
	like the moon, on water.
	When you see me, and I try
	to be a good man, see
	yourself

INT.  A ROOM IN INDIA, FOOT OF THE HIMALAYAS  DAY

Tenzin Gyatso unpacks.  He is dressed in maroon robes, his
arms bare.

He places some books on a table next to his tinkering
equipment.  He lifts a heavy parcel.

EXT.  TERRACE  DAY

CLOSE on the young man's beautiful hands as he sets up his
telescope.

The tripod is erect.  The body is attached. The eyepiece is
adjusted.

And then, this boy, this man, this simple monk, aims, to
takes a look, at a bigger world.



On a black screen, a card reads:

	The Dalai Lama has not yet
	returned to Tibet.

	He hopes one day to make the journey.

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