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After 759 years, Boston boy returns as Rimpoche Lorepa Galwa

After 759 years, Jigme Wangchuk, an 11-year-old boy based in Boston, has been enthroned near Darjeeling as the first reincarnation of His Holiness Gyalwa Lorepa.

According to Dichen, Jigme's mother, "He used to always talk of his past life but we did not take it seriously”. Two years back when they were visiting the Kagyu Nalanda Monastery in Mysore, Jigme suddenly started narrating his past life as if in a trance...a monastery somewhere in the Himalayas, surrounded by huge rocks and a dragon. That turned out to be the exact desription of the monastry in Bumthang, Bhutan. Two hours after the incident, Gyalwang Rinpoche identified Jigme as the reincarnation of HH Galwa Lorepa.

For the followers of the Drukpa Kagyu Sect of Tantrayana Buddhism, it is a time for joy. But for his family, the transition has been trying.

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