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The Dalai Lama

I know a little about Buddhism, but not very much. I know the Dalai Lama is supposed to be the reincarnation of someone important to Tibetan Buddhism, (right? lol), who is he supposed to be the reincarnation of?


Asked by Anonymous at 11:18 AM on Nov. 24, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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    A Brief Biography

    His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is both the head of state and the spiritual leader of Tibet. He was born on 6 July 1935, to a farming family, in a small hamlet located in Taktser, Amdo, northeastern Tibet.  At the age of two the child, who was named Lhamo Dhondup at that time was recognized as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso.  The Dalai Lamas are believed to be manifestations of Avalokiteshvara or Chenrezig, the Bodhisattva of Compassion and patron saint of Tibet.  Bodhisattvas are enlightened beings who have postponed their own nirvana and chosen to take rebirth in order to serve humanity.


    Answer by pixie_trix at 2:49 PM on Nov. 24, 2010

  • It's an obscure source, but this is the best time-line i can find for you :)

    This is all the incarnations of the Dalai Lama that have been so far.
    The Dalai Lama is a being htat has acheived enlightenment, but has chosen not to go to Nirvana in order to return and assist the rest of humanity.

    Answer by Piskie at 4:34 PM on Nov. 24, 2010

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    Answer by ballewal at 11:24 AM on Nov. 24, 2010

  • This is good information. I always thought that the Dalai Lama was supposed to be a reincarnation of Buddha.

    Answer by _Tam_ at 7:53 PM on Nov. 26, 2010

  • Bodhisattvas are Buddhas. All who are enlightened are Buddhas. We all have it within us to be Buddha.

    Answer by lilangilyn at 11:48 AM on Nov. 27, 2010