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article imageGolden Child Turns Back On Buddhism

By KJ Mullins     Jun 1, 2009 in World
Osel Hita Torres, 24, the boy that the Dalai Lama has hand-picked as a reincarnation of a spiritual leader has turned his back on the Buddhist order.
Torres grew up in a palace, living a monastic life. That life has been replaced by university in Madrid where he is studying film. He has given up the life that was picked for him as a toddler saying it was all a lie.
The Guardian reports:
"They took me away from my family and stuck me in a medieval situation in which I suffered a great deal," said Torres, 24, describing how he was whisked from obscurity in Granada to a monastery in southern India. "It was like living a lie," he told the Spanish newspaper El Mundo.
It was suspected that Torres was the reincarnation of Lama Yeshe. He was found at the age of five months. In 1986 his parents took him to see the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India at the age of 14 months. He was chosen from nine others to be enthroned.
He grew up being called Lama Tenzin Osel Rinpoche. As a boy his only social contacts were with other reincarnated souls and Richard Gere who had a cabin next to him.
Today Torres is a Jimi Hendrix fan. Last year he performed in the Burning Man Festival is the Nevada desert.
The young man has distanced himself from the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition. He is no longer wearing the monastic robes as he pursues his education in his homeland of Spain.
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