I am not big on religion or the belief of supernatural beings, especially ones that claim to inhabit human bodies. I will admit though that the Dalai Lama seems like a nice guy with good values. His first priority in life is stated to be promotion of values such as compassion, forgiveness, tolerance, contentment and self-discipline. In contrast to most world or religious leaders, I would like to meet him some day.
The organization claims he is the reincarnation from the previous Dalai Lama who was the reincarnation of that previous Dalai Lama, and so on and so on. As stated on his website (and he has a Twitter account too), the Dalai Lamas are believed to be manifestations of enlightened beings of compassion and the patron saint of Tibet. They are also believed to be beings who have postponed their own nirvana and chosen to take rebirth in order to serve humanity. I don’t know how anyone could prove this, but OK.
By the Himalayan tradition, “phowa” is the discipline that transfers the mind stream from the deceased to the intended body. Upon the death of the Dalai Lama and consultation with the Nechung Oracle, a search for the Lama’s reincarnation is conducted. High Lamas scour the country of Tibet, if not the world, to find the reincarnation. This search can take years. The search for the present Dalai Lama took four years. My question is, when this Dalai Lama dies and the reincarnation grows up, will he know the password to the official Dalai Lama Twitter account?