NG News/ Dharamshala
Tibetan spiritual guru, Dalai Lama’s closest aide and senior most pupil Lama Locho Rinpoche has passed away. His body had been placed in Gyuto Tantric Monastery for the last 11 days
. Rinponche died on Oct 23, 2014 at the age of 87 years. Many Buddhists worldwide are deeply stricken by his death. His last rites were performed in Sidhbari monastery near Dharamshala on Nov 3 as per the rituals of Tibetan sect. He was one of the highest Lamas of Tibetan Buddhism.
Rinponche was living near the official residence of Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama in Dharamshala . He had come to India with Dalai Lama in 1959.
His reincarnation is yet to be decided and may take a time of two or three years. This would be decided by Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama,himself.
It is worth mentioning that the reincarnation system (tulku), a distinguishing characteristic of Tibetan Buddhism, is based the theory that Buddha’s soul never vanishes, but reincarnates in succession to lead his followers and to accomplish his mission.
Religious methods and rituals are used to identify a reincarnation of a late high lama. A search party headed by another high lama begins the search. After a religious retreat, lamas, dispatched in disguise, scour Tibet for special signs: new mothers who had unusual dreams, children who have special knowledge without being taught, and special physical traits, such as big ear lobes. The lamas refer to oracles, portents, dreams and the late lama’s prophesy in order to aid them in their search. Some lamas are sent to Lhamo Latso, the Oracle Lake, to look for prophetic visions to help locate the reincarnation.Usually, dozens of candidates are sought. They will be tested with the late lama’s possessions; those who have amazing knowledge in identifying their predecessor’s belongings win and become the final candidates.