Buddha, is an example of nirmanakaya. In addition to Tibetans and related peoples, Tibetan Buddhism is a traditional religion of the Mongols and their relatives. Buddhist texts to denote a highly achieved being who has attained the first bhumi, a level of attainment which is truly egoless, or higher. Dalai Lama words of my perfect teacher patrul rinpoche pdf said that this is a mistranslation, as a tülku isn’t necessarily a realized being.
This term that was originally used to describe the Buddha as a “magical emanation” of enlightenment, is best translated as “incarnation” or “steadfast incarnation” when used in the context of the tulku system to describe patriarchs that reliably return to human form. When an old tulku dies, a committee of senior lamas convenes to find the young reincarnation. The group may employ a number of methods in their search. First, they will probably look for a letter left behind by the departed tulku indicating where he intends to be born again. They will ask the close friends of the departed to recall everything he said during his last days, in case he may have given hints. Often, an oracle is consulted.
Sometimes a prominent lama has a dream that reveals details of the child’s house, parents, or of geographical features near his home. Sometimes heaven presents a sign, perhaps a rainbow, leading the search party to the child. Sometimes the search process will include “testing” the candidate. He is brought up inside a monastery, under the direction of a head tutor and a number of other teachers or servants.