About the Event
UBC Himalaya Program is hosting a talk which will consider the topic of incarnate lamas (tulkus)—births of the same awakened consciousness in successive human bodies. It will focus particularly on the practices used to locate subsequent incarnations of deceased Tibetan lamas. These practices involve analyzing prophecies and divinations, as well as evaluating child tulku candidates in a well-known test requiring the identification of a deceased master’s personal implements out of a group of duplicate objects. This talk will examine literary depictions of these practices in Tibetan literature, focusing on cases that have yielded contested results.