Recently I read an older book by Vickie Mackenzie.
She wrote about a Spanish couple who were followers of a certain Buddhist teacher, or lama, and thought their baby boy was the reincarnated soul of this lama.
this book was published in 1988, so I went on to Wickipedia to see if this baby at 18 months had indeed become a teacher of the Tibetan flavor of Buddhism.
I had my doubts as to the authenticity of this so called “reincarnation” and sure enough the facts won out.
The young man, after being taken by his parents to a monastery to be raised in the Tibetan tradition, had expressed no interest in learning Tibetan language, even though he learned English and Spanish.
Here are his sentiments.
” I was taken to India, dressed in a yellow hat and sat upon a throne. People worshipped me. they took me away from my family and put me in a medieval situation in which I suffered a lot. It was like living a lie.”
He left the monastery at 18 years of age without taking a teaching degree. He was no teacher and admitted it. He returned to his native Spain, and educated himself and got a degree in cinematography.
His parents got divorced.
This shows the ongoing struggle of Nature versus Nurture.
The environment of enforced worship and learning a religion with the plan to make this 18 month old toddler into one of the propagandists’ for a Buddhist sect backfired. There was not any natural tendency for this baby to be what his parents wanted to turn him into.
His natural rebellion at 8 made him uninterested in learning a third language just because it was expected of him, and by trying to mold this child into an adult type teacher, went against all normal family dynamics. Children only want to feel loved and secure, and not be little “Boy Lamas”.