Nirmanakaya (Tib.) State of compassion. A being who is consciously reborn for the benefit of all beings manifesting with the power to open their abilities. May or may not remember former lives. The word means "Illusion-Body," a form which one has and uses, but is not dependent upon.
A tulku (, also tÃ¼lku, trulku) is a Tibetan Buddhist lama or other religious figure who has consciously decided to be reborn, often many times, in order to continue his or her religious pursuits. The most famous example is the lineage of Dalai Lamas, who are said to be reincarnations of the previous thirteen Dalai Lamas, beginning with Gedun Drub (1391 â€“ 1474). The oldest lineage of tulkus is that of the Karmapas (spiritual head of the Karma Kagyu lineage), which began with DÃ¼sum Khyenpa (1110-1193).