Harold wrote:I am doing research into the topic of the title "HEART SON". Could anyone tell me about this title i.e. who can give it out, who can use it and what does it officially mean. Can students give out this title to another student after their Tulku has died and the deceased Tulku does not declare any of them as his HEART SON. Any and all information would be of great assistance to me.
It isn't a title and it means nothing if you don't hear it from the master himself. It means something like "very close disciple" but don't make anyone lineage holder, rinpoche or lama or anything like that.
"The direct, hard to understand, subtle field of knowing, the Great Path, is non-conceptual (akalpana), and entirely beyond the grasp of intellectual thought. Divorced from verbal ideation, it is difficult to point out and as difficult to enquire into. It cannot be communicated through words and [therefore] is not within the scope of the neophyte (adikarmika). Nevertheless the path is to be approached through studying scriptures (sutra) of the World-Teacher and following the personal instructions (upadesa) of one's Guru-ji."
Bodhicittabhavana by Acarya Sri Manjusrimitra