Buddhist sect leader wanted in China, gains followers in Pasadena, California
CALIFORNIA---A prosperous Pasadena artist wanted for allegedly stealing practically $8 million in China has built an empire of devoted disciples in California primarily based on the claim that he is the reincarnation of Buddha. Now known as His Holiness Dorje Chang Buddha III, the native of the Sichuan province leads a obscure sect of Buddhists with followers in San Francisco and the San Gabriel Valley who think he can execute miracles and build masterpieces worth millions of dollars.
Regardless of a following that some say spans the globe, most specialists on Buddhism and in the art planet did not know of him. [link]