Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama on Wednesday said 11th Panchen Lama Gedhun Choekyi Nyima “according to reliable source is alive and receiving normal education”.

Talking to the media at Gaggal Airport in Kangra district after returning from four-day Delhi visit, Lama hoped that the official Panchen Lama studies well under the guidance of a good teacher.

“Then the Panchen Lama, which I recognised sometime back, there was no news, but then according to reliable information, he is still alive and receiving normal education. So we will see,” he said

He said there are instances in Tibetan Buddhist tradition, “where a reincarnated lama took more than one manifestation”.

“One century ago, one very famous Khyentse Wangpo, he manifested five incarnations (body, speech, mind, quality, and activity). Of course, holding of the seed is just one, but something like, manifestation of the previous incarnation could be more,” he said.

It was on 14 May 1995, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, aged six at the time was recognised by Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama as the 11th Panchen Lama of Tibet. However, three days later, he, along with his family, went missing.

A year later, in May 1996, the Chinese government admitted for the first time that Gedhun Choekyi Nyima and his family were under protection.

However, Nyima and his family’s whereabouts had remained unknown to Tibetans and but now the news about his wellbeing has brought cheers on the faces of Tibetans who were since then awaiting news about their next spiritual leader.