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Tulku means something in Buddhism , Pali. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Buddhism

General definition (in Buddhism)

Source : Shambala Publications: General Tulku (sprul-sku) Tib., lit., “transformation body”; in Tibetan Buddhism, a term for a person who, after certain tests, is recognized as the reincarnation of a previously deceased per­son. This conception developed out of the trikāya teaching and was first applied in Tibet with the discovery of the second karmapa, Karma Pakshi (1204–83). The tulku was seen as an important means for assuring the spiritual and political continuity of monastic institu­tions. In addition to those of the four heads of the principal schools of Tibetan Buddhism, there were a great number of tulku lineages in Tibet.

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Item last updated: 22 November, 2018