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Why is it important in Buddhism to look for the new incarnation of the Buddha?

Please explain why it is important to search for the incarnations of the various Buddhas in modern times? Some adjunct questions: Is it traditional for reincarnated Buddhas to announce themselves as a reincarnation of a Buddha? Or must someone else find them and confirm their Buddhahood? Where can I find lists of qualities of each Buddha in order to determine if someone is a Buddha? What are the qualities of Guru Rinpoche by which one can identify him in this age? Can an adult announce or claim he is an incarnation of a Buddha, or must this be done when the Buddha is still a child?

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Many people ask why the Buddha did not appoint a successor. But can any one appoint another to take the place of the Supreme Enlightened One? Attaining Buddhahood is the highest of all achievements that only the wisest man can reach. He is the flower of mankind. To attain this highest position, one must have the qualification such as self-training, self-discipline, moral background, supreme knowledge, and extra-ordinary compassion towards every living being. Therefore, a person himself must take the trouble to qualify himself in order to attain Buddhahood. For example, a doctor cannot appoint even his own son as doctor… Read more »

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A real reincarnation of Buddha will not announce that in the previous life, they are Buddha. You will only find out about it when they are about to leave this world or have left the world.Guru Rinpoche has not attain Buddhahood yet. He is still on the journey to the Buddhahood and of course he is more enlighten than any normal person of us which is why it is important to find him in order to spread the Buddhism. Most of us won’t remember who we were in our past life, so how are we to announce or claim that… Read more »

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I don’t believe that is true.

Buddhism is about enlightenment, which is the polar opposite of Christianity. Adam and Eve were supposedly punished for enlightenment.

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Whoever said it is? Not all Buddhist sects believe that.