Tulku Autobiography of a Lama Reincarnated in the West Elijah Ary

- through Henry Oudin

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This touching testimony of sincerity is a dive into the heart of one of the great mysteries of Buddhism: the phenomenon of the Tulkus, that is to say the certified "rebirth" of a lama. From the age of four, Elijah Ary had dreams following which he cited Tibetan names and places with astonishing precision. His Canadian parents, who were very involved in the Buddhist milieu, talked about him with lamas who undertook research before discovering that he would be the reincarnation of Geshe Jatse, a scholar and master of meditation. Very quickly, he is recognized by the Dalai Lama as an authentic Tulku who would have decided to be reborn in the West. The monks of the Sera monastery in India, where this master lived for a long time, harassed Elijah's parents so that he would be educated in their monastery as tradition dictates. But in the West, it is not so easy to separate from your child to send him to strangers at the end of the world. Only, one cannot resist karma. And Elijah is clearly not suited to western life. After many attempts to offer him a semblance of a "normal" life, his parents finally gave in to the monks of Sera and sent him to India when he was only fourteen. He will live there for six years and receive a high-level philosophical and spiritual education. At twenty, he understands that he was born to bridge the gap between East and West. He therefore leaves the monastery with the blessing of the Dalai Lama to realize what he is made for: to help as many human beings as possible to free themselves from suffering.

We follow over the pages the questions and peregrinations of a man like no other, who goes through the same trials and the same doubts as all of us. How can we help make the world a better place? How to live with this aspiration of the origins? We close this book fascinated by Elijah Ary's intense desire to accomplish his mission while questioning ourselves about ours. Aren't we all born to bring our share of light to the world?

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Henry Oudin

Henry Oudin is a Buddhist scholar, spiritual adventurer and journalist. He is a passionate seeker of the depths of Buddhist wisdom, and travels regularly to learn more about Buddhism and spiritual cultures. By sharing his knowledge and life experiences on Buddhist News, Henry hopes to inspire others to embrace more spiritual and mindful ways of living.

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