Rebirth is a belief common to all Buddhist traditions, although in
Tibetan Buddhism, a belief in reincarnation—the reappearance of a great
master, known as a tulku— developed in the late 13th century C.E. The
tradition continues amid much discussion of its contemporary relevance.
Here, Trinlay Tulku Rinpoche, a Western-born tulku, discusses with
Pamela Gayle White the traditional Tibetan view of reincarnation and
answers some of the more common questions skeptical Westerners ask.