Jalue Dorjee is already sort of locally famous in the Twin Cities.
Let's also assume Dorjee is a big deal in Lhasa. And now, he's getting some national attention.
As the story goes, Dorjee is the eighth reincarnation of a guy called Taksham Neuden Dorjee. (It is from the lama that little Jalue takes his name.) Taksham was a lama, or spiritual leader, in the Buddhist faith during his (first) lifetime some 500 years ago.
Dorjee was apparently recognized as special before birth, when an Indian lama traveling through the Twin Cities met his mother, and dreamt about the child's being a reincarnation. This was later taken up by other important lamas living in India, and eventually, the family was informed of Dorjee's special origins in a letter sealed by some guy called the Dalai Lama. Maybe you've heard of him?
All we know, after watching this clip from the PBS show Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, is that Dorjee seems smart for his age and friendly. If people got to vote on lamas -- not how it works at all, evidently -- he'd have our support.
Ever wondered what a spiritual leader would look like wearing a United States soccer jersey? Or reading a children's book?
Sheepishly admitting that he'd smuggled in some Pokemon cards to a big religious ceremony?
This is the video for you.