Demanifestation and Unincarnation

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Demanifestation and Unincarnation

Post by curlyfries » Tue Dec 04, 2018 5:49 pm

When a manifestation or reincarnation of a lama is identified, it is typically a child, and that child is then trained to surf that lama's mindstream, or an aspect of it.

What happens if the training doesn't take, and the child, now an adult, wishes to move on with their life. Are they still a manifestation of or reincarnation of the lama?

Relatedly, can the Dalai Lama up and quit?

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Re: Demanifestation and Unincarnation

Post by Sam Vara » Tue Dec 04, 2018 6:22 pm

Hi curlyfries, and welcome to Dhamma Wheel! :hello:

You might get an answer to this question here on Dhamma Wheel, but this site is mainly about Theravadan theory and practice. For Tibetan paths, you might be better off asking this at Dharma Wheel, our sister site:


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Re: Demanifestation and Unincarnation

Post by DNS » Wed Dec 05, 2018 4:58 am


at the sister site Sam Vara noted. His wikipedia page:

Apparently he still follows Tibetan Buddhism, but doesn't believe he's a tulku (reincarnation of a famous Rinpoche).

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