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The Double Life of the Dalai Lama

  • Laurie Hovell McMillin

Abstract

Buddhism posits the cycle of samsara, a chain of living, dying, and rebirth, to which all sentient beings are subject due to their karma. For Buddhists, this chain of rebirth, impermanence, and suffering is a problem, the solution to which is enlightenment. While, for Tibetan Buddhism, most people in the world are simply victims of rebirth and are lucky to find themselves in a human body at all, there are other kinds of beings who actually choose to manifest themselves in human form—a choice they undertake out of their compassion for other beings. These beings are incarnate lamas or tulkus, whose rebirth is strictly voluntary.

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Tibetan Plateau Life Story Spiritual Development Nobel Peace Prize Buddhist Monk 
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Notes

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