The film begins with the 14th Dalai Lama receiving a group of Tibetan exiles at Dharamsala, his residence in India after exile, and welcoming them to a free country. It then follows a young Dharamsala monk, Pema Gyalpo, who visits the sherpas in east Nepal, natives of Tibet, and then goes to Tangboche and Thami, themost important monasteries in the region of Everest. From the young abbot of Thami, Pema learnsthe details of the death of Lama Tundu and the search for his reincarnation. This search took the young abbot of Thami to the foot of Gaurisanker where, after a dream about his mother and other signs, he had to undergo difficult tests and years of study before becoming an abbot. The film continues with the religious celebrations of the sherpas in east Nepal. To conclude, the Dalai Lama talksabout the cooperation of all religious people in an optimistic messagefor the future of humanity.
NORMAN G. DYHRENFURTH
The first American expedition to Everest was led by the Swiss climber Norman Dyhrenfurth, who selected a team of 19 mountaineers and scientists from throughout the United States and 37 Sherpas. The purpose was twofold: to reach the summit and to carry out scientific research programs in physiology, psychology, glaciology, and meteorology.