In this, my first real foray into the KMS blog, I happened upon an article on the Buddhist Channel about His Holiness 17th Karmapa Trinlay Thaye Dorje.
One paragraph touched on something I’ve been wondering about:
Karmapa is said to be the seventeenth reincarnation of his lineage, and head of the Karma Kagyu school of Buddhism, one of four schools in Tibet. He was recognised as the reincarnation at the age of 11, and left for India and years of study, prayer and meditation.
So here’s the question for discussion: We know that Buddhism believes in reincarnation. What do you, personally, as a practitioner of Buddhist meditation – but, perhaps, also an adherent to another religion – believe about reincarnation?
(Tim, if you can provide more specifics on what particular branches of Buddhism believe about the topic, that might be helpful and/or interesting.)