Lama Jampa explains the process of rebirth as happening all of the time and that 'precisely because mind doesn't arise from physical sources and physical bases, when the body finishes, when this body finishes, the mind stream continues.'
In answering this question Lama Jampa explains that, 'the two types of Buddhist community should flourish side by side and in that way the gates of dharma, so to speak, will be open to the widest possible number of people.'
Before we commit to a particular tradition then general background reading is useful. Given the importance of direct transmission, once we begin to practice a particular lineage what we read should first be received by direct instruction from one's teachers.
Lama Jampa explains why Buddhists should take part in their local communities but at the same time avoid involvement in contemporary politics.