Meet The Fourth-Grader Recognized As A Reincarnation Of A Buddhist Lama

Source: Huffington Post

By Carol Kuruvilla; Associate Religion Editor

Jalue Dorje is a 9-year-old from the suburbs of Minneapolis, Minnesota. His life is filled with the typical past times of a soon-to-be fourth-grader: collecting Pokemon cards, playing soccer, watching shows on his laptop.

But Dorje also has responsibilities of a more spiritual nature. Along with perfecting his swimming strokes in the pool, the young boy spends his summer vacations learning Tibetan Buddhist mantras, practicing religious calligraphy, and attending ceremonies.

That’s because Dorje is believed to be a tulku — a reincarnated lama, or Buddhist spiritual leader. According to Religion and Ethics Newsweeklythe child has been recognized by the Dalai Lama as the eighth reincarnation of the Takshem lama, a Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader who lived in the 16th century.

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