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Enthroned : At 2, He's the Littlest Lama

March 17, 1987|From Reuters

DHARMSALA, India — The world's youngest Buddhist lama, a 2-year-old Spanish boy, grinned, yelled and chewed candy today as he was enthroned and venerated as the reincarnation of a dead Tibetan lama.

Osel Hita, from Granada, Spain, wore the maroon robes and pointed yellow hat of a Tibetan lama as he was carried to his throne sucking a plastic toy.

Osel, whose name means "clear light" in Tibetan, is the fifth child of Paco and Maria Hita, who run a Buddhist center near Granada.

He has been recognized as the reincarnation of their teacher, Thubten Yeshe Rimpoche, who died three years ago in California.

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