Reincarnations of HIGH LAMAS

One of my youngest friends at KOPAN – everybody’s darling is this completely adorable five year old lama. His name is a mouthful – Lobasang Palmo Nawang Rinjen Gyatso – but everybody calls him Rinpoche.

My young friend was given this honorific because he has been officially recognized as the reincarnation of the old Charuk Lama, a famous lama also from the holy Solu Khumbu region of the Himalayas. Young Charuk Lama speaks four languages fluently – Tibetan, Nepali, Sherpa and English.

Click here for the Charuk Lama's page. (Full of stunning pictures.)

Above: HH. Ling Rinpoche, senior tutor of the Dalai Lama shown with the young Lama Zopa and

Above: The reincarnated young Ling Rinpoche photographed with Lama Zopa Rinpoche in mid 1998 at Sera Monastery.

With Lama Osel Rinpoche, the reincarnation of Rinpoche’s teacher and mentor Lama Yeshe. Together lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa had founded the FPMT or Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition – an organization that today comprises over a hundred Buddhist Meditation centers and Monasteries around the world. When Lama Yeshe passed away, Lama Zopa Rinpoche took over as Spiritual Director of the FPMT and carried on the work the two lamas started in the seventies bringing Mahayana and Vajrayana teachings of Buddha to all the countries of the world. Lama Osel is presently studying at Sera Monastery in India.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama says in his book Ethics for the New Millenium...

"I believe there is an important distinction to be made between religion and spirituality. Spirituality I take to be concerned with those qualities of the humna spirit - such as love and compassion, patience, tolerance, forgiveness, contentment, a sense of responsiblity, a sense of harmony - which bring happiness to self and others. Prayer and ritual along with questions of salvation are directly connected with religious faith. This is why I sometimes say that religion is something we can perhaps do without. What we cannot do without are these basic spiritual qualities.

Those who practice religion would be right to say that such virtues are the fruits of genuine religious endeavour, that religion has everything to do with developing them and with what is called spiritual practice. But let us be clear on this. Religious faith demands spiritual practice. Therefore, spiritual practice entails concern for the well being of others."

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