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If the Dalai Lama is supposedly the reincarnation of an enlightened being, why is he still here?

I don’t necessarily believe in reincarnation and enlightenment, I just want to see how people answer.


  1. He is a Boddhisatva, one who returns to earth and aids those who are not enlightened until they too are free of suffering.
    That’s the basic Tibetan answer.

  2. lol. good question dude, as there’s no such thing as ‘reincarnation’ in the first place. only ancient hindu evangelism. period.

  3. The Buddha is thought to have reached enlightenment centuries ago, but chooses to remain with the unenlightened to help them on their spiritual journey. There’s a term for it, but I can’t remember what it is.

  4. The Dalai Lama is considered to be a Buddha by quite a few people. Buddhism teaches that everyone can become an enlightened Buddha, but only when someone has the serious intention to help all living beings get rid of their suffering and problems. A person with such an intention is called a Bodhisattva.
    When a Bodhisattva has practiced long enough, (s)he can become a Buddha. But the motivation to become a Buddha should be to be most capable of helping others, not just for one’s own benefit. So it is explained that Buddhas have the capacity to manifest as people or even animals in order to help other beings get enlightened.
    So the people who believe that the Dalai Lama is a Buddha, actually also believe that the person the Dalai Lama is a manifestation of a Buddha – in this case Buddha Avalokiteshvara (Sanskrit) or Chenrezig (Tibetan).


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