Reborn in the West is an enthralling odyssey which seeks to uncover the mysteries behind reincarnation. Among the wealth of information that currently fuels the reincarnation debate, there is one story that towers above the rest. For the first time 'reincarnation masters' are appearing in the West - men and women who through profound meditation techniques can steer their consciousness at the time of death to the precise rebirth of their choice. Having reached this ultimate spiritual achievement, they elect to come back to earth for one reason only - to help all humanity attain the same freedom as themselves. Vicki Mackenzie goes in search of these spiritual adepts. She discovers who these reincarnates are, how they are identified, and what their mission is. En route she also encounters those leading the way in Western research into the phenomenon of past lives.
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Mackenzie briefly reviews the lives of people she believes are reincarnations of Tibetan lamas. What makes her book of special interest is that these people live in the West, while previous reincarnations have been in the East. For example, her first chapter examines the life of a Canadian recognized in his childhood as such a reincarnation. The account of a woman from Maryland who is a tulka is both candid about the problems she has faced and interesting in its feminist perspective on the subject. Along the way, Mackenzie examines the views of Western psychologists, scientists, and religious leaders on reincarnation. Though portions of the book may seem strange to many Western readers, it is recommended for libraries seeking supplemental material relating to Tibetan views of reincarnation.
David Bourquin, California State Univ., San Bernardino
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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