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Caifang Zhu

Is my son a reincarnaton of my father? observations and reflections

A few months after my father passed away in March 2019, my wife got pregament unexpectedly. One day in meditation I had an insight that my father must have reincarnated himself as the child of my wife and me. When this insight or revelation occured in my meditative mind, I felt thrilled and bewildered at the same time. Shortly my seated posture got erected and I entered into a trance., a non-discriminateive state of pure consciounsess. When my son did come into the world in March 2020 at the height of pandemic, I started to look for signs to prove the reincarnation. By now, I have collected some signs to support my hypothesis and other signs to disporve it. While I will continue this process of investigation in the months and years to come, in this transpersonal conference presentation I want to share the impact such a belief has exercised on my life. I will also address the possible dilemma of relationship and ethics that comes along with reincarnation and how I went through it.


Caifang Zhu PhD is a core faculty of transpersonal psychology at Sofia University in California and lead faculty of the bilingual PHD program in transpersonal psychology at Sofia. He has been teaching Buddhist psychology to graduate students at the Chinese Buddhist Academy since September 2022. He has been sitting on the board of International Transpersonal Association since 2010. He founded Beijing meditation and counseling center in 2015 and has since then been the director of it. He received MTS degree from Harvard Divinity School majoring in religions and minoring in psychology. Subsequently, he received his Ph.D. in East-West psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies. He has more than 30 papers published internationally and has translated Jung´s Psychology and Religion: West and East into Chinese. He has been practicing meditation and tai chi since early 1990s.