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Dalai Lama Names 8-Year-Old US-Born Mongolian Boy 3rd Highest Leader in Buddhism

An eight-year-old Mongolian boy, born in the United States, has been named the 10th Khalkha Jetsun Dhampa Rinpoche, the third highest rank in Tibetan Buddhism, by the Dalai Lama. During a ceremony, held on March 8 in Dharamsala where the Dalai Lama (87) lives in exile, the elderly spiritual leader was pictured with the boy recognising him as the 3rd highest leader in Buddhism.

The event was attended by some 600 Mongolians. “We have the reincarnation of Khalkha Jetsun Dhampa Rinpoche of Mongolia with us today,” the Dalai Lama said during the ceremony which was attended by 5,000 monks and nuns, 600 Mongolians and other members.

Dhampa Rinpoche - The eight-year-old US-born child is the son of a university professor and the grandson of a former Mongolian member of parliament.

He has a twin brother. He has dual nationality. Reports claimed that the Dalai Lama institution in Dharamshala is tight-lipped over the real identity of the new Mongolian Tibetan leader as they feel he would be targeted by the Chinese regime. Meanwhile, pointing to the small boy sitting to his left, the Dalai Lama told the gathering, “We have the reincarnation of Khalkha Jetsun Dhampa Rinpoche of Mongolia with us today.

His predecessors had a close association with the Krishnacharya lineage of Chakrasamvara. One of them established a monastery in Mongolia dedicated to its practice. So, his being here today is quite auspicious.” As the session came to a close on that day, the Dalai Lama met briefly with a significant contingent of Mongolians who are patrons of this teaching. “Tantra spread widely in Tibet. With regard to Chakrasamvara, the Ghantapada and Luipa traditions were popular, but this Krishnacharya lineage was quite rare. I received it from Tagdrag Rinpoche and have long felt a close affinity for the practice.

“Chakrasamvara is classified as a mother tantra. It belongs to the highest yoga tantras. While Guhyasamaja emphasises the illusory body, Chakrasamvara focuses on the clear light. However, if you make the illusory body your primary practice, the clear light also arises. “As I said, I feel a close affinity to the Krishnacharya tradition. I have received the empowerment and undertaken the requisite retreat. This may seem somewhat boastful, but I also feel I have some connection with the great Mahasiddha Krishnacharya. This empowerment requires the preliminary practices that we’ll do today. I’ve done the self-generation and visualised myself as Chakrasamvara.” (IANS Inputs) (Courtesy:

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