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Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.



It doesn’t matter that you used to be a gnat, a sparrow or the Prince of Thieves.

If you have been reincarnated as a new Living Buddha, it’s not official until Beijing says so.

China’s State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA) says it will approve all reincarnations to determine if they are illegal or invalid.

“It is an important move to institutionalize management on reincarnation of living Buddhas,” says SARA.

For sure. What would we do if we an uncontrollable amount of reincarnated Living Buddhas running around….and without

government permission?!

Kublai Khan of the Yuan Dynasty conferred the title of living Buddha on Vphag-pa, a religious leader in Tibet during the Yuan Dynasty. Since then people have been calling eminent monks – Living Buddhas.

In Japan, to be a Buddha, you just have to shave your head and sit still for a photo op.

Do you believe in reincarnation?

Talk to Bill and others about their experiences raising bi-cultural Japanese-American kids.

Bill Belew

Daddy and Christian.

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