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The Dalai Lama

October 31, 2010

Woodstock Sentinel-Review
October 30, 2010

The Dalai Lama is believed to be the rebirth of a
long line of tulkus who descend from teh bodhisttva Avalokitesvara .

Traditionally, he is thought of as the latest
reincarnation of a series of spiritual leaders
who have chosen to be reborn in order to enlighten others

The Dalai Lama was made an honorary Canadian citizen in 2006

Finding the new Dalai Lama

Upon the death of the Dalai Lama, a search for
the Lama's reincarnation is conducted.
Traditionally it has been the responsibility of
the High Lamas of the Gelugpa Tradition and the
Tibetan government to find his reincarnation. The
process can take up to three years, and is
usually limited to Tibet. It took four years to
find Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama.

High Lamas often visit the holy lake, Lhamo
La-tso, in central Tibet and watch for a sign.
This may be either a vision or some indication of
the direction in which to search. This was how Tenzin Gyatso was found.

If the Dalai Lama was cremated, they will often
monitor the direction of the smoke as an
indication of the direction of the rebirth.


A series of tests is given to the found boy they
believe to be the reincarnation to affirm the
rebirth. In one test, they present a number of
artifacts, only some of which belonged to the
previous Dalai Lama, and if the boy chooses the
items which belonged to the previous Dalai Lama, this is seen as a sign.
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