U.S. Schoolboy Sent to India, as Buddhist High Priest

November 5, 2009

(ChattahBox)—A Buddhist high priest referred to, as “His Holiness” Jigme Wangchuk is newly stationed in the Drukpa Sangag Choeling Monastery nestled in the Himalayan town Darjeeling, India. “His Holiness” Jigme, will spend the next ten years in near isolation fulfilling his duties, as a spiritual leader. But this newly installed Buddhist priest is an 11-year-old boy, who until recently, attended school in Boston, Massachusetts, living a normal American life.

According to the boy’s mother Dechen, her son would talk of his “past life” and went into trances recounting his prior existence as a Buddhist priest. After the family visited a Buddhist monastery in Mysore, Southern India and told the monks there of their son’s past life tales, it was decided that he was the reincarnation of the “Rinpoche” or high priest Galwa Lorepa, the founder of one of the four main schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

“He used to always talk of his past life but we did not take it seriously, dubbing it as a child’s fantasies,” said the boy’s mother.

Their 11-year-old son now resides in a secluded Himalayan monastery, where he will not play sports, attend school or play with toys, but will live a life of a Buddhist holy person.

His parents have given up their restaurant business to move to Darjeeling, India to be near their son, now a Buddhist priest.

They claim their son likes his new role as a spiritual leader. “I will miss my school days but I am happy in my new role. I like it here,” said the boy priest.

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