11-year-old US schoolboy named Buddhist high priest

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An 11-year-old schoolboy from Boston, Massachusetts has been made the head of a Buddhist sect in India after he was recognized as the reincarnation of a high-ranking lama who died more than 750 years ago.

Jigme Wangchuk has been anointed as the Rinpoche, the second reincarnation of Gyalwa Lorepa of the Drukpa sub-sect after going into a trance and describing a Buddhist monastery in detail.

His parents say they discovered their son was not like other kids two years ago when he started talking about his “past life”.

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 high priest.

Wangchuk, who has followers in Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet, told the Daily Telegraph: “I will miss my school days but I am happy in my new role.”