I’ve been seeing a lot of people experiencing ?!?!?! feelings about how all of this is a dream and wondering if what’s happening in TPTR is not “real.” Which, same, but I thought I’d write up a short thing explaining more about some of the Tibetan Buddhist ideas underlying all of this and how that might help us digest what’s happening.
I don’t really know much about tulpamancy specifically, but I do know a little about Buddhist practice with thoughtforms, and to my understanding, tulpas are essentially thoughtform projections made physically manifest.
Unless we have become spiritually awakened, whenever we meet another person, we do not actually meet that person. What we are instead encountering are our own thoughtforms, that is, our own experiences, beliefs, prejudices, projecting onto that person and creating our perception of them. While they are certainly “real,” the other person as we experience them is really nothing more than a projection of our own minds.
In a… pretty real sense, honestly, We Are All Tulpas, in that we are all thoughtforms of other people. That doesn’t make us less “real,” but it does mean we exist in multiplicity, and there is no concrete and permanent self that can exist independently that isn’t a projection of someone’s mind. Our own very idea of self, of who we are, is also nothing more than a thoughtform of our own minds, and therefore also a tulpa.
I think David is literalizing, or “realizing” this psychological truth and applying it to his self-insert characters.
Next I’ll write a post on dreams, or dream cosmology, and how that fits in with this.