Education: Refugee from the East

After their head lama died in 1883, the monks of the Buddhist lamasery of Naribanchin Sume in Outer Mongolia went to work at once. Their most urgent task, after the ceremonies of death were carried out, was to find his successor, a hutukhtu ("Living Buddha").

After five years, with the help of the scriptures and horoscopes, they were led to a shepherd's family on the grassy upland meadows not far from Naribanchin itself. There they found what they had been searching for—a five-year-old boy said to have been born on the very day and at the very hour of the old hutukhtu's...

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