Reincarnate Lamas: Chögyam Trungpa and Chagdud Tulku

  • Laurie Hovell McMillin


As we have seen, a tulku is the bodily emanation of an enlightened being who is able to choose the manner, time, and place of his reappearance on earth. Unlike in Hindu systems of reincarnation, however, it is not a soul or atman that moves from body to body, and unlike most other forms of Buddhism which argue that no thing is transferred from life to life, in the Tibetan system, it is consciousness that transfers from life to life. This matter of multiple lives presents a curious rhetorical situation for someone recounting his or her life. If he or she is an incarnation, where should the narration begin? How many lives should be recounted?


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