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- (Buddhism, mysticism) A magical creature that attains corporeal reality, having been originally merely imaginary.
- 1966, Nikos Kazantzakis, England: A Travel Journal, page 110:
- When the year was up, the tulpa began growing. It lost its fear of its master and began taking on new forms of its own. It ceased to run errands ....
- A type of thoughtform capable of independent action, with a persistent personality and identity; a kind of modern imaginary friend.
magical creature that attains corporeal reality, having been imaginary