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The Dalai Lama Legacy and how does it continue?

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The Dalai Lama is the head monk of Tibetan Buddhist followers and traditionally he was responsible for ruling Tibet. When the Chinese government took control of Tibet in 1959, the Dalai Lama’s official residence was Patola Palace in Lhasa. There have been only 14 Dalai Lamas in the history of Buddhism, and the first two were given the title posthumously.

Buddhists believe that the current Dalai Lama is a reincarnation of a past lama who decided to be reborn again to continue his important work. A person such as this who decides to continually be reborn is known as Tulku. The current Dalai Lama’s name is Tenzin Gyatso.

When a Dalai Lama dies, the high Lamas of Gelugpa tradition along with Tibetan government officia ls go on a search for a new born boy who would reincarnate as the Lama. There are many other ways too to declare and find a Lama.

It can take several years to identify the boy, and there are several ways in which the High Lamas might find him. One of them may have a dream or a thought about a location that will identify the boy, or if the previous Dalai Lama was cremated, the High Lamas will watch the direction of the smoke and search in that area and around it.

For the Tenzin Gyatso, the current, 14th Dalai Lama, the home and village where he lived was identified by a vision from the lake. The High Lamas of the Gelugpa tradition had been searching for several years before identifying him, who was living with his family in the village of Takster in northeastern Tibet. Reports are that there were several incidents that pointed to Lhamo being the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama.

One of the High Lamas had seen a vision in the lake Lhamo Lhatso that indicated Amdo was the village they should search in. The vision clearly indicated a small house with odd guttering and a three-story monastery with a gold and turquoise roof. Upon visiting Amdo, the High Lamas saw both buildings in the village. The house was the home of Lhamo Dhondrub.

Thus just on the base of pure spiritual realizations, a leader is chosen.

By FW Editor

Tags: tibet, monk, buddhism

Category: Celebrities  - ( Celebrities Archive)

Date Added: 23 April '10

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