Monk's boy incarnation given ceremonial reception at Key monastery



Shimla (Sept 14): Ten-year-old boy from Ladakh, who is believed to be the reincarnation of renowned Buddhist monk Kachen Dugyal, was given a ceremonial reception today at Key monastery, a centuries-old Buddhist seat of learning in Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh close to the Indo-Sino border.

The Dalai Lama has recognised and blessed the boy as reincarnation of the Buddhisit monk Key Monastery Kachin Dugyal, who died 11 years ago at the age of 98. Key monastry’s spiritual head TK Lochan Tulku Rinpoche said that Rinchen Namgyal was given a ceremonial welcome by hundreds of followers as per Buddhist traditions.

Thousands of devotees from far-flung areas gathered at the monastery, 10 km from Kaza town in the Spiti Valley, to seek his blessings and participated in the celebrations. Rinchen was born in Choglamsar village of Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir and is the only son of Chhawang Nurbu and Yangchen Dolma. Rinchen’s father said his son was studying in a local school. “It’s sad we will not be able to live with him any more, but we feel blessed that he’s the reincarnation of a revered lama,” he said.

The entire Spiti valley in Lahaul and Spiti district, close to China border, is populated mainly by Buddhists.

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