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No aspect of Tibetan Buddhism is as well-known, or seems quite as mythological to outsiders, as the faith's apparently literalistic belief in reincarnation. Taken as a...
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Subject: Reincarnation! Really?
Sep 01 2010 02:10 AM

Even if it is granted that this boy is the reincarnation of Geshe Lama Konchog, what reason or “revelations” has Lama Zopa and others have taken in to account to decide that he wants to be a monk again. It is amazing to see how absurdity can perpetuate from one mind to the other and when enough minds are infected, it begins to take the form of truth. But the question will still remain, is it really the truth.

It is easy to mesmerize the gullible, as you can see in the movie, the villagers, who has not been a witness to any of the selection process would willingly throw themselves in prostration in front of this young boy; all they needed is someone to merely tell them that this boy is the true reincarnation of a lama.

I can’t say that the objective of this movie is to prove that the myth of reincarnation is true for that is a question only the moviemaker can answer. And if one reads the interview with the filmmaker Mati Baratz http://documentaries.about.com/od/filmmakersatoz/a/nati_baratz.htm , it should reveal that he himself doesn’t seem to believe, although I must add he doesn’t express his doubts directly. To me that tells a lot. Because if you are a witness to such a miracle, why are you not head over heels and spreading the word about it. Why are you not a convert yet?

The gullible and credulous might even prostrate in front of the TV screen showing this documentary. But a rational audience will think about what is not being shown. And they should.
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