REINCARNATION IN TIBET
According to Tibetan Buddhism, reincarnation occurs for all living beings. When a child is recognized as the reincarnation of a lama (teacher) he receives the title of Tulku, in Tibetan, or Rinpoche in Sanskrit.
In early August 2014, in the isolated region of Kham in Tibet, a boy of seven years old sat on the throne for the first time in front of 100 000 disciples who recognized him as the reincarnation of one of the most extraordinary tibetan buddhist masters of our time, Denma Gonsar Rinpoche. Quiet and with a determination that is not common for a child his age, he distributed his first blessings: a ritual that will be repeated until the end of his life.
The festival that surrounded the enthronement ceremony gathered families from different parts of the Tibetan territory. The Tibetan culture is partially nomadic and based largely based on agricultural resources. Pilgrims traveled with their families for many days to reach the distant monastery, where they set up their tents and celebrated with prayers, blessings, dances, music and festivities typical of the Tibetan culture. The style of costumes, all very colorful and contrasting, mixes traditional clothes with other modern items such as sunglasses, necklaces, hats. It is interesting to note however, that while ancient values are preserved,, smartphones and modern cars are already part of this new era in the history of Tibet.
The celebration, recognizing the reincarnation of a Lama of such great importance, brought an opportunity for thousands of people to express the spiritual values which they hold in common and their hope that in the future, the young reincarnation of Denma Gonsar Rimpoche may leave an even greater legacy than of his past life.