To a certain degree Mr. Gyatso derives his legitimacy and celebrity from the reverence his fans invest in certain supernatural and woo woo aspects of his origin, none of which he has publicly denied, to the contrary. From his " holiness' " very own website:
He is held to be "the reincarnation of each of the previous thirteen Dalai Lamas of Tibet (the first having been born in 1391 AD), who are in turn considered to be manifestations of Avalokiteshvara, or Chenrezig, Bodhisattva of Compassion, holder of the White Lotus. Bodhisattvas are enlightened beings who have postponed their own nirvana and chosen to take rebirth in order to serve humanity.Thus His Holiness is also believed to be a manifestation of Chenrezig, in fact the seventy-fourth in a lineage that can be traced back to a Brahmin boy who lived in the time of Buddha Shakyamuni. I am often asked whether I truly believe this. The answer is not simple to give. But as a fifty-six year old, when I consider my experience during this present life, and given my Buddhist beliefs, I have no difficulty accepting that I am spiritually connected both to the thirteen previous Dalai Lamas, to Chenrezig and to the Buddha himself."
So please do feel free to conflate the truth claims of these beliefs with those of the theology of the Abrahamic or any other religion. Neither of which is supported by evidence and neither of which withstands rational scrutiny.
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