A myth until
now about reincarnation and recognition in Buddhism has taken place
during this very century. A Tibetan Ngagpa, Lama Tsering Ngodup,
married an American woman, Andrea Strimling, in the year 2002,
and they were living in Boston. Both of them are very devoted to
His Holiness the Dalai Lama and His Holiness Shamar Rimpoche.
Tsering and Andrea wanted to have a child, but had not yet conceived.
Tsering has two older children, Dinah and Dorje, who
live in Germany, and Andrea loves them, but Tsering and Andrea
also wanted to have a child together. During the fall of 2005
when Shamar Rimpoche visited Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts,
Lama Tsering and Andrea went to visit Shamar Rimpoche. At that
time they requested Rimpoche’ blessings to have a child.
Rimpoche told them that he would make a special wishing prayer
in order to fulfill their wish to have a child.
in 2006 Andrea learned she was pregnant. As is customary in Tibetan
Lama Tsering and his wife requested Shamar
Rimpoche to give a name for the baby. Since they had decided
not to learn of the gender by ultrasound, they asked Rimpoche
names, one for a boy and one for a girl. Shamar Rimpoche predicted
that the baby would be a boy, and he gave the name Karma Yeshe
Dorje. In July 2006, Shamar Rimpoche asked Lama Tsering and
Andrea if they had checked the gender of the baby. They told
that they had not, and that they would wait for the baby to
be born. Shamar Rimpoche once again told them that the baby would
be a boy. This time he also told them the child would be the
reincarnate of one bodhisattva among the 21 bodhisattva abbots
in the line
of Shamarpas in Yangpachen during the 1600s. Shamar Rimpoche
then told the couple to share the news with their families
baby had been recognized in the womb as a reincarnate lama.
October 14 of 2006, Tsering’s and Andrea’s son
was born as predicted, and his parents named the boy Karma
Strimling Yodsampa, with Karma indicating the Karma Kagyu
tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Lama Tsering called Shamar Rinpoche
October 15 in Kalimpong to share the news. Shamar Rimpoche
congratulated the new parents and told them that he would, on
a special occasion,
let them know which of the 21 bodhisatvas the Karma Yeshe
Dorje is. Among the 21 bodhisattvas, Shamar Rimpoche has already
four, including Karma Yeshe Dorje.
of reincarnate lamas until now has been done
when children are already born. The recognition of a reincarnated
lama in the
womb has not been done since the 19th century.
Philippe Jedar, spokesperson for IKKBO
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