American schoolboy anointed as reincarnation of Buddhist high priest who died over 750 years ago

Boston, USA - A schoolboy from the US has been anointed in India as the reincarnation of a Buddhist high priest who died more than 750 years ago.

Jigme Wangchuk, from Boston, is now revered by hundreds of thousands of followers in Nepal, Bhutan and India after taking up residence as the rinpoche, or high priest, of the Drukpa Sangag Choeling Monastery in Darjeeling, West Bengal.

The 11 year old from St Peter’s School in Boston has been given the title of His Holiness the Second Galwa Lorepa, head of the Drukpa sect. The first Galwa Lorepa died in Tibet in 1250.