People ask me about being a “Reincarnation”. They want to know what it means to me since I am a supposed, “Reincarnation.”
First of all, we are all reincarnations. We have been reborn in the cycle of life and death forever. I mean, I do not know if you can measure it, but, in the Dharma, they relate to all sentient beings as your mother. They use the expression, “All mother sentient beings.” That is a very well known phrase in Dharma.
The reason they mention the “Mother,” is because the love of the mother for her children is unconditional. So, because we have been living and being reborn and dying for so long, we have been each other’s mother numerous times, already. That means any bug, even an ant or a mosquito, or an animal or a human, whoever it is, at one point in time, was your mother. At one point in time, you were their mother. That is what Dharma is saying with the expression, “All mother sentient beings.”
So, by saying that, you can relate to that unconditional love for everybody. Up to there, it makes sense, right? Do you follow that?
So, we are all reincarnations. The question is whether we know it or not.
In my case, in my life, I grew up within that kind of, “Bubble”, let us say. So, it was like a normal thing for me until I became much older. Then, I was like, “Wow, this is weird!” It was only later when I left the monastery after I was 18 that I tried to relate, you know, to that concept. Then, I was like, “That is very strange”. However, until I left and I was on my own, it was a normal thing. It was just part of my life. That is who I was.
So, yes, I mean, I think, in life, our perspective is changing a lot. You know. This is because we are changing, as well. Then, of course, naturally, our point of view of life changes, also.
In the same way, we, also, change the body. You know. We are here… Earth is like a school. Earth is a library. We are here to learn. There is a process that we have to go through to reach that understanding of who it is that goes through to the next process.
So it is just a process. It is not a big deal, “Oh, reincarnation!” No. Everybody is reincarnated. It is not a big deal.
In Lama Yeshe’s past life, he was a nun. He was a nun abbess. He was an abbess of a nunnery. That was Lama Yeshe’s past life. Lama Yeshe, for example, never got his geshe degree. What that means is he never got his doctorate.
Normally, a recognized reincarnation, a “Tulku,” is based on the previous incarnation having been a high lama. Like, if you are an abbot or if you are a geshe, or if you were highly recognized in your last life, then, you will be sought after and recognized in your next life as a “Reincarnated Lama,” or, “Tulku,” or, “Rimpoche”.
Mainly, they only recognized me as a reincarnation because of Lama Yeshe’s disciples. It was because of all the Western disciples Lama had. It was because of the organization that Lama had founded and built. So, based on that, as the reincarnation, I had a little bit of weight. However, it is just conceptual. You know what I mean. I would not put so much importance on being a reincarnated lama, at least, in my case. The importance should be on the benefit someone offers the world.
It has been a challenge. It has been a challenge to be able to differentiate who I am from what people project on me and expect me to be. That has been a huge challenge, which I am still working on today.
The main point is we are all reincarnations. It is not a big deal. The big deal is the benefit you bring to the world.