As a toddler, he was put on a throne and worshipped by monks who treated him like a god. But the boy chosen by the Dalai Lama as a reincarnation of a spiritual leader has caused consternation – and some embarrassment – for Tibetan Buddhists by turning his back on the order that had such high hopes for him.
According to the foundation biography, another leader suspected Torres was the reincarnation of the recently deceased Lama Yeshe when he was only five months old. In 1986, at 14 months, his parents took him to see the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India. The toddler was chosen out of nine other candidates and eventually “enthroned”.
Guardian: Boy chosen by Dalai Lama turns back on Buddhist order
See also: The Shadow of the Dalai Lama.
June 8, 2009 at 3:12 pm
Someone should turn this kid onto The Invisibles. It sounds like he could definitely relate to Jack Frost’s situation, and who knows? He might even find some inner source of inspiration to use the influence which he has been given (even if he still resents it, as does Frost) to try and bring about some form of positive social change.