Term for a Tibetan entity recognized in a present incarnation.
Tibetan Buddhism teaches that highly evolved individuals
become spiritually liberated by abandoning the sense of ego or
separate identity, but the spiritual forces comprising such an
individual may still elect to be reborn for the benefit of other
people. It is believed they are only illusory manifestations sustained
by the sense of ego.
Encyclopedia of Occultism & Parapsychology • 5th Ed. Tulku
Traditional tests exist for the identification of tulkus, especially
in the case of the Dalai Lama. Other contemporary tulkus
include Chogyam Trungpa (1939–1987), author of the book
Born in Tibet (London, 1966) and Tarthang Tulku, both popularly
known by their disciples as ‘‘Rinpoche,’’ a title meaning
‘‘precious master.’’