Donald Lopez: "The Case Against Tulkus: Ippolito Desideri's Refutation of Reincarnation"
During his time in Tibet, the renowned Jesuit missionary Ippolito Desideri (1684-1733) composed a lengthy refutation—in excellent Tibetan—of the Buddhist doctrine of rebirth. He was especially critical of the famous Tibetan Buddhist belief in the tulku, or incarnate lama. In this lecture, Donald Lopez will discuss Desideri’s study of Tibetan Buddhism and his attempts to demonstrate the fallacies of one of its most storied institutions.
Donald Lopez is the Arthur E. Link Distinguished University Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies at the University of Michigan, where he serves as chair of the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures and as chair of the Michigan Society of Fellows.