kirtu wrote:An example would be HH Dilgo Khytense who was recognized as a tulku as a young boy (perhaps at birth, I don't remember) and was not considered a high tulku but attained accomplishment through his own efforts, his own diligent practice.
He was recognised as a being of special potential at birth by Mipham Rinpoche, but was never recognised as a particular incarnation until he was ready to enact his activity. He was called Saga Tulku as he was born in the Saga Dawa month, and according to Sogyal Rinpoche the other tulkus around Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro would often comment "Why is JKCL giving so much attention to Saga Tulku, what is so special about him?"
I heard that in the mid 80s there was a general assembly in Bhutan under HHDKR to discuss whether to continue the tradition of recognising tulkus. I don't know if this was true or not, but I never questioned it.
Shechen has chronicled all of HHDKR's proclamations, and Changling Rinpoche told me; "Actually HHDKR didn't recognise that many tulkus".
In regards to the negativity that is generated towards various Dharma holders, Changling Rinpoche also said to a few of us that after HHDKR passed away his sangyum, Khandro Lhamo's health suddenly improved markedly. He said it was only then that they realised she had been doing practices to absorb any negativity generated towards HHDKR Dharma activities. I have noticed she takes an equal place on Changling Rinpoche's shrine. I have also heard of other practitioners in various mandalas who proxy to absorb the negativity generated towards the main Dharma throne holder. This is usually a hidden activity, and what coincides is there is no manifestation outwardly to counter that negative energy, it is all dealt with quietly with practice.
As one of my VB says; "Who would want to be a recognised tulku? Better to remain a hidden practitioner through the blessings of one's guru". At the same time, I do have a fascination with the tulkus I know, as I feel all of them exemplify the Dharma. But being a tulku in the west has proved to be difficult. And I see most people on this board understand that in the vajrayana, regardless of title, you have to go through the various practices, accumulations, retreats, and receive some of the signs of accomplishments before you enact the role of vajra master.
I heard that HHDKR advised one tulku to not give empowerments until they had the necessary realisation.
I think a lot of westerners jump the gun, and with the best of intention start teaching vajrayana and dzogchen before they actually should. For example, I was assisting a tulku outside my own tradition by choponing an empowerment he was giving. As we were disassembling the mandala he said to me; "You should be giving this empowerment to many people". Fortunately I have the self knowledge and teachings to know I'm unripe to do this (completely). What I hear in the hidden subtext of this statement is; "For the benefit of sbs, and Dharma in the West, pls get your shit together and stop loafing around and take full responsibility for the Dharma you have inherited, do the practices and get the signs of accomplishment PLEEEAASE." It's a virtual kick up the bum for my laziness. A lot of Tibetan lama's want us Westerners to inherit the lineage fully, but most practitioners here realise they need to do a lot of study and practice to be able to the holders of vajrayana who can transmit it.
"When a Dzogchen Yogi hears Shakyamuni Buddha turning the Wheel of the Dharma of the Four Noble Truths he hears Samathabhadra proclaiming the most profound Dzogpachenpo." - Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche