I know all about that tradition. My question was about what the current Dalai Lama meant when he said, as you reported, ".he would not be reincarnated". Does he mean that he will be the last Dalai Lama? Or does he only mean he himself will not be reincarnated? And in either case how do you think he reconciles that statement with the fundamental Buddhist tenet that all sentient beings are subject to karma and to rebirth? .Bill! From: Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf Of Jue Miao Jing Ming Sent: Saturday, February 16, 2008 11:29 PM To: Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com Subject: Re: [Zen] D.L. Again It is a Tibetan Buddhism tradition, after the Dalai Lama passes away, his people will look for a new born reincarnated with his spirit to continue that leadership. I am sure, if you google/wikipedia it, you will find it. JM On Feb 15, 2008 5:59 PM, Bill Smart <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: MJMJ, Thanks for your thoughtful post. You documented many things about DL I didn't know - like his announcement that, as you wrote, ".he would not be reincarnated". What do you think he meant by that? Do you think he meant that he, as the personage of Dali Lama, would not be reincarnated? Do you think that he meant that he himself would not be reincarnated? If he meant this it would seem to go against Buddhist teachings. Zen might allow for that if DL was fully enlightened and as a result no longer subject to karma and the cycle of life and death. I don't know what the traditional Buddhist teaching is on that. I'd be interested in your thoughts on this. Oh yes, I almost forgot - are you married? Do you think we could meet in a coffee shop somewhere to get to know each other better? I'm a Capricorn. What's your sign? Thanks.Bill!