"Reincarnation" tells the story of Osel Hita Torres, a two-year old boy who was recognized by the Dalai Lama as the reincarnation of Lama Yeshe, a prominent Tibetan lama who died in California in 1984.
The book examines Lama Yeshe and his ideas about reincarnation. It also looks at the life of Osel from his birth to the present, describing his initial discovery and his enthronement in northern India, as well as his plans for the future. In India there is much controversy concerning Osel and the author airs both points of view:
that of those who believe he is a reincarnation of Lama Yeshe - including his parents and former students of Lama Yeshe who can vouch for his identity - and the more sceptical attitude of the Indian press.
Vicki Mackenzie has visited most of the places in which the story is set and knew Lama Yeshe for the eight years preceding his death. She was present at the enthronement of Lama Osel, the young boy, and has talked to his parents and to former students of Lama Yeshe and interviewed the Dalai Lama. A Buddhist herself, she is a journalist and has written for "The Sunday Times", "The Observer", "The Daily Mail" and "The Daily Express".