Excerpt from “The Dalai Lama”, conversations w/ Rajiv Mehrotra, pg. 82:
(RM ?) Currently do you have any memories of your past life?
HH: Sometimes it is difficult to remember what happened this morning! However, when i was small---say two to three years old---my mother and some close friends noticed that I expressed some memories of my past life. That is possible!
But if you are asking me for a definite memory, I must say it remains somewhat unclear.”
One of my own teachers, a Geshe Lharampa, explained some years ago that he knew of cases where very young children remembered past lives.
Of course anyone declaring such a thing must be a liar - apparently including HHDL's mother ?
And of course those responsible for identifying him as the Dalai Lama through his actions as a child. Maybe it was rigged and/or they also had a mass hallucination or lied? :http://www.dalailama.com/biography/from-birth-to-exile
''The leader of the party, Kewtsang Rinpoche, then pretended to be a servant and spent much of the evening observing and playing with the youngest child in the house.The child recognised him
and called out 'Sera lama, Sera lama'. Sera was Kewtsang Rinpoche's monastery. The next day they left only to return a few days later as a formal deputation. This time they brought with them a number of things that had belonged to the Thirteenth Dalai Lama, together with several similar items that did not. In every case, the infant correctly identified those belonging to the Thirteenth Dalai Lama saying, It's mine. It's mine.
When you start with a conclusion as your premise, you tend to find out that you are right. It's not good science.
When you start with a position and then use inference and interpretation rather than fact to support it, it is not good science.
As for Dogen. Did he say that he KNEW. Is there an assertion to accept or refute ?
This thread may be firewood made from the ashes of past firewood LOL
:http://www.zenforuminternational.org/vi ... ?f=8&t=865