I'm pretty sure the concept of a 'tulpa' from Tibetan mysticism appeared in the tv series 'Twin Peaks' and I'm trying to find references and if possible the exact quote. I think it was Agent Cooper (which would make sense given his fascination with Tibet) that proposed the idea. I'm not sure if the word was mentioned more than once in the series, but I'm interested all the references if possible.
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You might try episode two - that's the one where mentions Tibet, having a dream and then throwing the rocks to narrow down suspects.
The quick answer: The word 'Tulpa' does not appear anywhere in the Twin Peaks series.
The long answer: If the word doesn't appear in the series why would I have such a strong memory of hearing it? In series 2 episode 20, Major Briggs shows Cooper a video tape of Windom Earle where he uses the word 'Dugpa', also of Tibetan origin:
It seems I misheard the unfamiliar word 'Dugpa' for a word I was at least vaguely aware of.
Having said that, a Tulpa in Tibetan Buddhism and Bon shamanism refers to a thought-form created through the discipline of sorcery such that it appears as a being or object that can be seen and interact. The initiates of the Dugpa sect would certainly be included in the list of sorcerers that can reputedly do this.