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tulku (plural tulkus)
- In Tibetan Buddhism, a high-ranking lama who can choose the manner of his or her rebirth.
2009 April 25, Edward Wong, “Senior Tibetan Cleric Faces Prison in China”, New York Times:
- The abbot is considered a tulku by Tibetans and called a living Buddha in Chinese — an especially revered figure who is believed to be the essence of a prominent religious leader.