Bomjon’s criminal cases 2018-2019 in Nepalese and world media

Below is a list of Nepali and world media articles concerning Ram Bahadur Bomjon’s latest series of “maitreyan acts”: revelation by a victim of repeated rape by the ‘guru’ and four missing followers, one of them beaten to death by the ‘guru’ and his followers, according to two eyewitnesses. Please archive the links and the texts of the articles (for example by right-clicking and the “save page as” function), because there is no guarantee that the articles would be not ordered to be deleted by Nepal’s leading politicians, who are supporting Bomjon. This had exactly happened in Autumn 2012, when all articles of Nepalese English media about his crimes disappeared from Google.

The list of media links an quotations includes Nepali and Indian media (first part and world media (second part) of the text. Being updated.

Featured image: People gather at one of the sites dug up by police to search for Sanchalal Waiba, near an ashram run by controversial cult leader Ram Bahadur Bomjan. One of the several missing followers of Bomjan, Waiba was reportedly beaten to death by Bomjan and his men. POST PHOTO: ANISH TIWAR, The Kathmandu Post: People refute charges against Bomjon (Originally: Bodhi Shrawan Dharma Sangh refutes charges against Bomjan)


NEPALI AND INDIAN MEDIA:

(International media links are in the second part of this page, scroll further down)

MyRepublica: Bara police begins probe into complaints filed against Bomjon, followers

(Archive.org and Archive.today)

“SP Bhattarai said a few locals have registered complaints against Bomjon although many complaints remain unregistered. “We have been investigating both registered and unregistered complaints,” said Bhattarai.

It has been revealed that Bomjon, who some locals believe is a reincarnation of Buddha, was involved in numerous controversies during his stay at the Halkhoriya-based Namo Budda ashram (hermitage). Bomjon and his followers had stayed there for nearly seven years starting from 2007.

During his stay at the ashram, Bomjon allegedly held captive a Slovakian follower, beat locals and attacked a local youth with a sword and registered the land in the name of the ashram, according to the former ashram officials.

In 2013, Bomjon and his followers physically attacked around a dozen locals including Pradeshi Chaudhari and Pahalad Chaudhary of Manaharwa on the charge of entering the ashram without permission. Following the incident, Pahalad had filed a complaint at the District Administration Office saying that he was attacked while collecting wildflowers from the forest. He complained that the police did not take action against Bomjon despite formal registration of complaint against Bomjon.

The ashram was constructed encroaching upon more than 1000 bighas of national forest. “The then District Forest Officer Ramananda Sah had removed them from the ashram after locals were barred from entering the forest in the name of the ashram,” said DFO Shiva Shankar Thakur.

Jas Bahadur Waiba, Bomjon’s assistant, had taken Suresh to the Halkhoriya-based ashram to teach Buddhism. “He was in a great dilemma over whether to return to the ashram when he had come home in the third week of May 2015. Since then, he is out of contact. We are clueless about his whereabouts,” said Hasta Bahadur.”

Ram Bomjan to travel abroad to ‘collect cash’

(Archive.org and Archive.today)

“Sources say that Bomjan, with his team, is going to Thailand to “collect cash offerings”. (The first version of the article wrote 10 million dollars in cash, but apparently it was deleted in a few hours! – The Halkhoriya Times). “They have been trying to visit Thailand for the past four months. Their passports were made two years ago,”…”Sources said that Bomjan, Kebal Lama (of the Sangh Maitri) and their group had received invitation to visit Thailand prior to the investigation. Two years ago, the Sangh had urged authorities to provide a passport to Bomjan in the name of Dharma Guru, but there were issues with the request. The incident was hidden from public knowledge, as it could have aroused public dispute, say Bomjan’s followers. ”

Police arrest two from Bomjan’s Sindhuli ashram in connection to disappearance case

“Jan 10, 2019-Police on Thursday detained two persons from Sindhuli-based ashram of Ram Bahadur Bomjan in connection with the disappearance of Bomjan’s followers. A police team under DSP Bimal Kandel reached the ashram site at Pairey of Kamalamai Municipality-8, and arrested Indra Bahadur Syangtan alias Mahatma Guru of Makwanpur and Gopal Yonjan of Sarlahi, with the help of Sindhuli police.

Central member Chatra Ghising of the Bodhi Dharma Shrawan Sangh, the non-government organisation founded by Bomjan, said the police have taken two of their members into custody for investigation.

Meanwhile, Sangh’s Central Chariman Nil Bahadur Thing said he does not know the whereabouts of Bomjan but claimed that the controversial ascetic was inside the ashram compound which spreads over 42-bighas of land. He further said the Sangh would cooperate the police in the investigations, adding that “some bigger power” was plotting to defame the ascetic, and everything will be revealed in time.”

Missing Waiwa’s friend arrested from Bomjon’s ashram

(Archive.org and Archive.today)

“Police have arrested Indra Man Syangtan–friend of Sancha Lal Waiwa who has been missing from the Sindhupalchowk ashram of Ram Bahadur Bomjon–from another ashram in Paire Dhapasar of Kamalamai-8 in Sindhuli on Thursday. DSP with Sindhuli Police Rameshwore Prasad Yadav confirmed that Indra Man, who was allegedly beaten along with missing Waiwa by Bomjon and his disciples four years ago, has been brought for interrogation. … A police team including forensic experts had raided the ashram in Bandegaun, Sindhupalchowk last Friday but could not find any human skeletal remains there. Indra Man, known as Mahatma Guru, has now been arrested to interrogate about missing Waiwa.”

Sindhupalchowk police takes the lead in Bomjan probe

(Archive.org and Archive.today)

“The DPO, Makawanpur forwarded the complaint to the DPO, Sindhupalchowk as the incident reportedly occurred in Sindhupalchowk. With this, the responsibility of investigation has fully fallen on the DPO, Sindhupalchowk. Full responsibility of the investigation is now upon us after the DPO Makawanpur handed over the victim’s complaint to us,” said Superintendent of Police (SP) Mukunda Marasini, chief of the DPO, Sindhupalchowk. “The Central Bureau of Investigation (CIB) will only assist us.”

Setopati: Lawmaker Komal Oli asks: Why has Bomjon not been arrested yet?

(Archive.org and Archive.today):

“National Assembly (NA) member Komal Oli has asked the government why Ram Bahadur Bomjon, who is living in the guise of an austere sage, has not been arrested until now despite revelations of rape by him and disappearance of disciples from his ashrams.”

Allegations levelled against Bamjan refuted

(Archive.today and Archive.org)

“Family members of the missing persons at a press meet yesterday had said they had gone to the Bara-based Bamjan’s ashram to become nuns. But, BSDS Spokesperson Mani Lama said that the missing persons could be among the thousands of followers who came to the ashram seeking Bamjan’s blessings.

Lama had been elected as a member of the Parliament from Taplejung in the 1994 election from the Nepali Congress. He was appointed state minister for health and population by former King Gyanendra in 2005. The NC had later expelled him from the party.”

“Ganga Maya, who had served at various ashrams of Bamjan for several years, accused Bamjan of being a paedophile. She said that she, along with dozens of young girls, had become a victim of the self-styled ‘Buddha Boy’.  Supporters of Bamjan refused to talk about her allegations.”

People refute charges against Bomjon (Originally: Bodhi Shrawan Dharma Sangh refutes charges against Bomjan)

“Security personnel searching for Waiba and three other nuns had discovered eight wrappers of salt packets near Bomjan’s ashram on Friday evening. They also found pieces of coal a few metres from the place where the packets were recovered. The recovered wrappers and coals were sent to a laboratory in Kathmandu for test, said Deputy Superintendent of Police Bimal Raj Kandel.”

“All the charges filed against Guru [Bomjan] are just conspiracies hatched against him. The accusations are baseless,” said Manik Lama, … Lama claimed Sangh and its Sindhupalchok ashram had no knowledge regarding missing Sanchalal Waiba and three other nuns. Perhaps they came here as devotees. We don’t have any records and information of those four persons,” he said.

Police reach Bomjon’s ashram in Sindhupalchowk with forensic experts 

(Archive.com and Archive.today):

Around half a dozen disciples then beat the duo with sticks, pipes and kicks. Bomjon ordered to bury Waiwa’s body on the hill behind the house he lived in after Waiwa died, according to the witnesses. They claim Bomjon ordered to scatter around 25 packets of salt above the body. “Salt apparently helps in early decay of the body,” the witnesses reminisce.”

Bomjan’s supporters press against ashram cases probe (archive.org and archive.today)

Police find ‘murder clues’ in Buddha Boy’s ashram

(Archive.org and Archive.today):

“Superintendent of Police (SP) Mukunda Marasaini, chief of the District Police Office (DPO), Sindhupalchowk, claimed that the investigating team has found some signs of murder in the ashram.  Refraining from telling what exactly are the signs, SP Marasaini said, “All we can say now is that we have found some clues indicating murder.”  Police recorded the statements of 14 disciples at the ashram on Saturday while samples of soil from the area have also been collected for further examination.”

Nepal probes ‘Buddha boy’ over disappearance of devotees

(Archive.today and Archive.org):

“At a press conference in Kathmandu, the grieving families alleged that Bamjan is a “paedophile and murderer”.

Police suspect man missing in Bomjan’s ashram murdered :

(Archive.org and Archive.today):

“Police searching for Waiba found nine covers of salt packets buried some 300 meters away from his ashram on Saturday. DSP Bimal Raj Kandel said they found the covers of salt packets buried under the soil but did not find any mortal remains. “The body might have been burnt elsewhere,” Kandel said.”

Nepal’s ‘Buddha boy’ under investigation over disappearance of devotees

(Archive.org and Archive.today)

Nepal’s ‘Buddha boy’ under investigation over disappearance of devotees

(Archive. org and Archive.today)

CIB raids ‘Buddha Boy’ ashram in Sindhupalchowk (archive.org and archive.today):

“The CIB started investigating Bamjan following news reports that five of his followers had disappeared from his ashrams. Three of them had allegedly disappeared from the Bandegaun  ashram. The CIB  even suspects that one of the disappeared was murdered in the ashram.

Police search Bomjan’s ashram (archive.org and archive.today):

“According to locals, eyewitnesses and Bamjan ’s own followers, Waiba was murdered in the ashram. Bamjan had beaten up Waiba, accusing him of making his followers sick through witchcraft. An eyewitness claimed that Waiba died after he was beaten up by Bamjan and his followers and that his body was buried in the ashram premises. ”

CIB gathering evidence against ‘Buddha Boy’ (archive.org and archive.today):

“The CIB team while digging at the crime scene where the bodies of the followers were reportedly buried at Bamjam’s ashram recovered the empty salt plastic. “We have found nine empty packets of salt five feet below while digging the land ”, said one of the team member. He, however, said that the team did not find any human remaining. According to a source to the CIB, 20 salt packets were used while burying the dead body.

Police raid Bomjan’s ashram in Sindhupalchok

Police raid controversial ascetic Bomjan’s ashram in Sindhupalchok

Families of disappeared persons appeal government to find whereabouts of their kin

Families file complaints after people go missing from Bomjan’s ashram

Families of four missing from Bomjon’s ashrams file police complaints

Fifth person missing from Bomjon’s ashram

Bomjon’s followers plead with Dahal to not take action against him

Police reach Bomjon’s ashram in Sindhupalchowk with forensic experts

Series of sexual exploitation and violence in Bomjon’s ashrams

SHOCKING: Murder, Rape, Violence in the Ashram of “Little Buddha” Claimant – Exposes Setopati

Allow us to meet them or give us dead bodies: Kin tell Bomjon

Controversial godman

Case filed against ‘Godman’ Bomjan at Bara DPO

“Parents of 34-year-old Suresh Kumar Ale Magar lodged a complaint against Bomjan for allegedly having a hand in the sudden and mysterious disappearance of their son. The Ale couple has also made a plea to the authorities to look for their son who has been missing for the last three years. His father Hasta Bahadur Ale shared that Suresh was in two-minds about going back to the ashram the last time he visited them. He wanted to stay. However, one of Ram Bahadur Bomjan’s close aides, Jas Bahadur Waiba came to know about Suresh’s predicament and somehow lured him into going to the ashram with him.”


WORLD MEDIA:

CNN: Police raid ‘Buddha boy’ ashram in Nepal

‘Buddha Boy’ Leader Probed Over Missing Followers

Archive.today):

“In 2012, Nepali police said they had rescued a Slovakian woman who had been held by followers of Bomjan for more than two months. Zsuzsanna Takacs said she had been kidnapped from her hotel, tied to a tree and accused of using witchcraft to disturb Bomjan’s meditation sessions. She reportedly had a broken arm when she was eventually released. Dozens have accused Bomjan of assault, and the leader has admitted beating his followers for disturbing his meditation sessions, AFP noted. His followers have also been accused of attacking critics and in 2012 of beating journalists who recorded one of his sermons and destroying their cameras.”

The Guardian: ‘Buddha boy’ under investigation in Nepal over missing devotees

Independent: Ashram of ‘Buddha boy’ worshipped as reincarnation of Buddha raided by police after devotees ‘disappear’

Fox News: ‘Buddha Boy’ followers reportedly vanish, sparking investigation by Nepalese police

Arab News: Nepal probes ‘Buddha boy’ over devotee disappearances

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Today.ng: Spiritual leader under investigation over disappearance of devotees

Cairns Post: Nepal probes ‘Buddha boy’ over allegations of sexual assault, violence and missing devotees

France24: Nepal probes ‘Buddha boy’ over devotee disappearances

Courrier Mail: Nepal probes ‘Buddha boy’ over allegations of sexual assault, violence and missing devotees

Newsweek: ‘BUDDHA BOY’ SPIRITUAL LEADER INVESTIGATED OVER MISSING FOLLOWERS, SEXUAL ABUSE ALLEGATIONS

Religion-ORF:People disappeared: Nepal investigates against Guru

Spiritual leader ‘Buddha Boy’ investigated after devotees go missing

(Archive.org and Archive.today)

France24: Nepal probes ‘Buddha boy’ over devotee disappearances

Sozcu: Buda’nın oğlundan müritlerine şiddet ve taciz iddiası

Perfil Formosa: “EL NIÑO BUDA”, ACUSADO DE GOLPEAR Y AGREDIR SEXUALMENTE A ALGUNOS DE SUS SEGUIDORES

Repubblica (Italy):Nepal, the ‘Buddha boy’ investigated for rape and murder: dozens of disappeared disciples

Translated by Google Translator: “The online journal published stories of numerous disappearances and violence reported without any investigation worthy of the name since 2010, when a young Slovak named Marici Zsuzsanna Takacs reappeared in public telling the press and the police that she had been tied to a tree of the Halkhoria forest, without being believed for the confusional state in which it was before being deported to his country.”

he latest complaints were presented in several commissions and for the first time the case of the Buddha boy has crossed the borders of Nepal after an inexplicable series of cover-ups attributed to the protections also policies that Bomjon enjoyed, among whose disciples are former ministers and even Maoist leaders, while in 2014 the then Prime Minister and head of the Nepali Congress Sushil Koirala – who died three years ago – promoted “forests of religious interest” the forests where Bomjon in the last 19 years has meditated and given teachings of his new religion defined by him as “no longer Buddhist”, and called Maitri dharma “for peace in the world”.

Considered “a divine incarnation” and spiritual teacher of different centers in America, Canada and Japan, the “guru” has become rich with the generous donations of believers and manages with his closest disciples the so-called Bodhi Shrawan Dharma Sangha, an NGO with base near the Nepalese capital Kathmandu. Bomjon has hundreds of hectares of land in the districts of Bara where he began his “divine mission”, to Sarlahi, Sindhupalchok and Sindhuli where he was last seen. To travel from one ashram to another he uses a helicopter or his Toyota Land Cruiser and despite his pacifist preaching he always turns armed, especially of swords with which he was also filmed by a television crew justifying them as instruments of “self defense”.

Vice (Australia): A Nepali Guru Is Being Investigated Over the Disappearance of His Devotees

Hilo Directo: El “joven Buda” de Nepal investigado por la desaparición de varios devotos

tvi24: Polícia nepalesa investiga “jovem Buda” após vários desaparecimentos

Nepal probes ‘Buddha boy’ over allegations of sexual assault, violence and missing devotees archive.today)

Nepal probes ‘Buddha boy’ over allegations of sexual assault, violence and missing devotees  (archive.org and archive.today )

‘Buddha boy’ guru said to be the reincarnation of Buddha is probed after families of four devotees ‘vanish’ months after nun accused him of rape in Nepal

(Archive.org and Archive.today):

“In September last year, an 18-year-old nun accused the guru of raping her at one of his ashrams. Dozens more have filed complaints against him alleging assault. The self-styled godman said he beat them for disturbing his meditation. The Bodhi Shrawan Dharma Sangha, an organisation associated with the guru, recently slammed as baseless a series of fresh allegations made by a local website, Setopati.com, which published reports detailing cases of disappearances, sexual assault and violence in his ashrams.”

Nepal police rescue Slovak woman from followers of Buddha boy

 on http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/india/nepal-rescue-buddha-boy

“What happens when religion goes wrong? Kidnapping, or something similar, allege the Nepalese police. Police official K.P. Sharma told the Associated Press that Nepal’s cops rescued a 35-year-old Slovak woman from followers of a young man whose supporters have claimed to be the reincarnation of Buddha for the past several years. (All is, indeed, suffering).”

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Nepal police rescue Slovak woman from followers of Buddha boy

Nepalese Buddhists monks pray outside the Mayadevi (Buddha’s mother) temple, birth place of Lord Buddha, Lumbini 400 kms (250 miles) south west of Kathmandu on January 4, 2011.Lord Buddha was born in Lumbini.PRAKASH MATHEMAAFP/Getty Images

What happens when religion goes wrong? Kidnapping, or something similar, allege the Nepalese police.

Police official K.P. Sharma told the Associated Press that Nepal’s cops rescued a 35-year-old Slovak woman from followers of a young man whose supporters have claimed to be the reincarnation of Buddha for the past several years. (All is, indeed, suffering).

Sharma said the woman was held in a forest of southern Nepal where Ram Bahadur Bamjan has been meditating for seven years, AP said. The woman, identified only as Marichi, had been visiting Bamjan for the past year but was reported to be held captive for the past two months.

No information was provided about the motivation behind the alleged crime, and all that the police officer said regarding the psychological state of the woman was that she appeared to be scared.

Bamjan created a media sensation around 2005, when he supposedly meditated under a tree for months on end and then suddenly disappeared.

Since then, Bamjan, who has instructed people not to call him the reincarnation of Buddha, has appeared and reappeared, preaching and meditating, all over the tiny Himalayan republic.

Buddha Boy attacked and injured a guy with his sword?

Source: Nirlog.com blog.

nirlog blogs article about anil khatri

The Next Buddha? Buddha Boy Tapaswi Palden Dorje – Ram Bahadur Bomjon

The Next Buddha? Buddha Boy Tapaswi Palden Dorje – Ram Bahadur Bomjon
By J Ocean Dennie

J Ocean Dennie Pictures Of Ram Bahadur Bomjon aka Buddha Boy

J Ocean Dennie Pictures Of Ram Bahadur Bomjon aka Buddha Boy

In a poor backwater region of southern Nepal, an 18-year-old boy by the name of Ram Bahadur Bomjon may very well be on his way to becoming the next Buddha.Bomjon (born c. 9 April 1990, sometimes spelled Bomjan, Banjan, or Bamjan) was dubbed ‘Buddha Boy’ by the international media back in 2005 after reports surfaced that during the course of several months of deep meditation, he neither ate nor drank. After ten months of intense media frenzy and public scrutiny, Bomjon disappeared into the jungle in March 2006, reappearing briefly later that month to announce plans to meditate in solitude for the next six years. Members of the local community and followers of Bomjon were already referring to him as the next incarnation of Buddha, something that was prophesied by Shakyamuni Buddha. In a message to devotees, however, Bomjon was quite clear that he had not yet attained Buddhahood but was simply a ‘meditator on truth’. He did suggest, however, that he was a reincarnated Tibetan rinpoche. To reflect this, the moniker Palden Dorje was adopted.

Like many others, I had first heard of ‘Buddha Boy’ during his initial period of meditation and was instantly fascinated with the story, but following this, only tidbits of news trickled out from Nepal. I thought of eventually searching for the recluse and perhaps writing an account of my adventures, imagining myself trampling through the jungle chasing whims and mirages.

I was in Bangkok when news of his public appearance suddenly broke in early November of last year. Reports at that time had indicated he would be offering darshan (a public blessing) for only a few more days. I had to act quickly, so I booked a seat on the next available flight to Kathmandu with hardly a second thought.

The list of apparent miracles associated with Palden Dorje is intriguing. In addition to his astounding feats living without sustenance or sleep, it is claimed two venomous serpents bit him with no detrimental effect. Devotees once reported seeing his head illuminated similar to the aureoles surrounding saints. On another occasion, the ground in front of him was said to have suddenly combusted into flames but he remained unscathed. He has also been spotted conversing with wildlife.

In an attempt to separate fact from legend, I planned to set out for the district of Bara, and a site near the town of Nijgadh, approximately 160 kilometers from Kathmandu.

I arrived in Simra, a convenient hub, at four in the morning after a numbing ten-hour bus ride from the capital city. I quickly checked into one of a handful of hotels in the small town known more for its choking steel factories than anything holy. After only an hour or two of rest, I hopped on a local bus, repeating to the ticket-taker, ‘Bomjon, Bomjon’. I was dropped off at the side of the highway, facing a dirt road leading into the jungle. Several hundred people were streaming down the road. As I made my way along, Nepalis and Indians passed on bicycles and tractors, in rickshaws, vans, and even crammed buses.

I eventually met up with three Nepali teens skipping school in order to receive darshan. Nirazin, was the only one of the trio to have previously seen Palden Dorje. When Nirazin first heard of him, he thought it was a joke, but after observing the young meditator up close, he realized he had made a mistake. “He is meditating for peace. He is meditating for us. I think he is the next Buddha, even though I am aware that he did not identify himself in that way”.

After a six kilometer hike to our destination, I was astonished with the sheer numbers assembled. The lineup into the gated area followed a parched river bed and extended for at least a kilometer. At the tail-end of the line were countless vendors selling fried food, religious trinkets, beads, even photos and DVD’s of Palden Dorje. Those selling traditional Tibetan kata scarves were making a killing. Nearby, there was even a hand-operated Ferris wheel. The atmosphere was festive and chaotic.
By the sheer fact I was the only visibly obvious foreigner in line, I was ushered to the front almost without delay. Entrants were forbidden to carry in cigarettes or lighters. Shoes and belts were also to be left behind. Those of us passing through the entrance were purified with water sprayed from a sprig of cedar.

We proceeded down a cordoned trail, leading back into dense jungle. Prayer flags were strewn along the path. Quickly, an ethereal serenity overtook us, accompanied by a welcome silence in contrast to the uproar of the crowds waiting in line. Everyone spoke in hushed tones, some chanted mantras, mothers shushed babies. An occasional bird song punctuated the stillness. There were butterflies everywhere.

The trail led into an arbor adorned with even more prayer flags radiating out from an imposing whitewashed stupa, about ten meters tall. In the heart of the arbor, a massive bodhi tree towered over the stupa. And there, on a pedestal at the base of the tree, sat Palden Dorje touching each kata held up to him and then dabbing the crown of the person’s head using a miniature dorje. The line was briskly moved along by a cadre of Tibetan monks and volunteer attendants.

When my turn came, I lowered my head with my arms outstretched holding the kata and walked toward him. Instead of the usual blessing, Palden Dorje grabbed the kata and slung it around my neck. I instantly felt hands on me, leading me away, but not before I had a moment to look up into his face and to gaze into his dark eyes that seemed to reflect a depth I have rarely encountered. Following this, I sat off to the side and meditated upon the scene for the rest of the morning and well into the afternoon.

I was quite taken with Palden Dorje’s appearance. For someone who had been meditating in the jungle continuously for months on end, he looked surprisingly fit and fresh. He was not emaciated in any way and I noticed he continued to maintain a fair bit of muscle tone in his arms. The messy tussled hair of earlier photos was now replaced with long curly locks well beyond shoulder length. He was donning a white robe that wrapped over his left shoulder. All in all, Palden Dorje looked comfortable and content. He remained silent save for an occasional whisper to a nearby attendant.

As the sun commenced its descent, I spoke with Romee, a Brit, and one of only a handful of foreigners present. Throughout the day, he had stood practically motionless near Palden Dorje, acting almost like a sentry, armed with poise and serenity.
Romee believed that Palden Dorje is engaged in a very high meditation that has not been publicly undertaken for centuries, if not millennia. Romee was led here through astral communications he received from the young guru. He mused that Palden Dorje will likely remain in this spot now for the rest of his life.

On my hike out back to the highway that evening, I followed the river bed which was a slightly shorter, if not dustier route. I met Moon Kim, a spry 74-year-old Korean-Canadian. “He’s a god, he’s a Buddha, whatever you want to call it,” claimed Moon. “Nobody knows how he is surviving without food or water, but it’s not a big deal for him. The way I look at it, when you go to heaven and spend a day there, a century passes here on earth, so three and a half earth years for a divine being isn’t even an hour up there.”

I returned early the next morning to receive darshan again and to continue to sit off to the side and watch the assembly line of devotees approach him for a blessing. It conjured up parallels with Amma, the famous hugging saint of southern India. It even reminded me of the solemnity of parishioners lining up to receive the sacrament of Holy Communion.

On the following morning, I was met with delirium at the gate since it was believed to be the final day of the darshan. The armed police that were present the day before were replaced on this day with boy scouts and girl scouts clearly not up to the task of crowd control. Several of the volunteers were now locked hand in hand, forming a human chain against the riotous throngs attempting to break the queue. I had to holler and wave my arms at one of them, Uman, whom I had spoken to the day before in order to gain his attention and hopefully a free pass back into the arbor. It eventually proved successful.
Before entering, I asked Uman why Palden Dorje suddenly decided to break his six-year meditation. His answer seemed to imply that conditions were ripe for a public appearance again. Uman noted how even more chaotic the situation had been at the previous site in nearby Ratanpuri. “There was just no management of the crowds back then. Now that we have been able to set up a basic system here, it makes things a lot easier for everyone.” In spite of his assurance, I noted the infancy of the infrastructure, unlike the more sprawling operation in Puttaparti, home to India’s super-celebrity guru Sathya Sai Baba.

There is definitely a pervasive rock star adoration toward Palden Dorje. One young Nepali girl I met, after asking her why she was attracted to him, said, “He’s very beautiful.” When I asked if she thought of him romantically, she blushed and said emphatically, “No, no, that would be like having God as a boyfriend.”

After parting ways with Uman, I received darshan once again and assumed my position off to the side. At some point while meditating later in the morning, an inexplicably dazzling emerald luminescence flooded my headspace for a sustained period of time before finally dissolving. There was also a period of ‘whiteness’, similar to when a camera lens is on a high exposure. Following this, throughout the afternoon, I kept sensing in my peripheral vision monks sitting beside me in meditation. When I turned my head slightly to get a better look, there was never anyone there.

As I was leaving that day, I was informed that Palden Dorje, had suddenly decided to add three more days to the darshan since people just kept coming. It looked like I would be sticking around for a little longer then.

The next day, however, threw me for another loop. This time, as I made my way down the dusty river bed, I noticed there was an almost complete absence of people heading in. There was no line-up and the arbor was even more exceptionally quiet than usual. Palden Dorje’s countenance displayed a hint of bewilderment with the trickle of people.

In spite of this, he continued undeterred. On two separate occasions, thunder struck from a completely cloudless sky. Palden Dorje looked up quickly and scanned the skies both times as if in search of some sign. Apparently, Palden Dorje had mentioned in the past that the gods would be present during his tenure and would manifest as thunder.

As each day passed, my meditations grew progressively stronger. On the fifth day, there was a robust serenity in both body and mind despite the onset of a head cold. (I had been sneezing viciously before entering the arbor). There was very little bodily discomfort, however, as I ventured deeper into Void.

The final day of the darshan saw a return to chaos. The gigantic crowd was in turmoil again and some people were seething with anger due to the constant stream of queue jumpers. Once again, thankfully, I was plucked out of the line by a boy scout who took some interest in me. He accompanied me to the area near the gate, which was sealed at that time and surrounded by monks.
When we were finally allowed in, I wondered: could this really be a scam? Could all these monks and nuns and volunteers and serious devotees, committed to the pursuit of truth, be mistaken? If the local community was trying to reap financial benefits from the Buddha Boy phenomenon as some suggested, why restrict his public appearances? If the skeptics were to be believed, then where was the incontrovertible proof of wrongdoing? So far, I had seen nothing convincing to tarnish a reputation.

I was led to a section reserved for journalists very close to where Palden Dorje sat on his pedestal, boxed in by cloth erected to act as a visual barrier. At least half a dozen news network cameras from Nepal or India were arranged in front with a barrage of microphones. A single female Western journalist scribbled notes onto a pad. Monks and nuns were seated opposite us in a section reserved exclusively for them. The public then sat in a wide circle around the tree.

As the minutes passed, the restlessness escalated into a madhouse mania. Though it seemed quite comical and silly, there was a tinge of sadness when I realized how we contort such a thing of virtue into a media-exploited extravaganza. I am just as much to blame. I worry that a simple purity will be devoured by the obsessive sophistications of our society. A boy meditating in the jungle is not enough for us. World tours, bestsellers and talk show interviews would be the new standard.

Palden Dorje stood up to the microphones and held the attention of the restless crowd for the ten minutes or so that he spoke in Nepali. Strangely, he concluded halfway between a sentence, trailing off, letting the words, both spoken and unspoken, hang in the air. The brief spell of serenity quickly degenerated into a frenzy again as Palden Dorje returned to his pedestal and people began lining up to receive darshan. The young man suddenly shifted gears into overdrive, ludicrously blessing with a pace so quick he was practically bonking people on the head with the dorje as they passed.

In the midst of the pushing and shoving nearby, I was led into a profound meditation, insulated from the riot but still acutely aware of it. I remained motionless in body and mind for over an hour. When I opened my eyes, I noticed I was the only one in the midst of thousands who had bothered to do such a thing. At least Palden Dorje was smiling. It was all quite surreal. Instead of trying to line up, I left quietly, bowing inconspicuously, brimming with a wondrous delight.

Since Palden Dorje was not about to indulge me with an exclusive interview, I wanted to speak to a fellow by the name of Jas Waiba. As a member of the steering committee that liaises with Palden Dorje, I figured he would be a reliable authority. When I arrived at the site the next day, I was not surprised to see the place practically deserted – all the vendors had disappeared while only a handful of monks and nuns remained, packing up in preparation to head out. Plastic bags tossed about silently on a slight breeze. The gate was barricaded and a single monk sat in the shade to guard against any unauthorized entry. The whole thing had the feel of the day following the conclusion of an outdoor music festival. Palden Dorje was on his own again.

I eventually caught up to Jas on his way home. Jas has been a committee member for over a year now. The committee is comprised of members mostly from local communities. It was formed as a response to the crowds and problems that swelled as news of the boy spread like wildfire. Jas told me the committee can do nothing without the consent of Palden Dorje. Typically, the committee is summoned when a signal is received from Palden Dorje, a signal only one or two individuals have knowledge of.
“Before,” Jas exclaimed, “Palden Dorje was in deep meditation. Now, he is conducting special esoteric exercises and holding conversations with gods.” I asked him if he himself had been privy to any miracles. With a slightly ominous tone, Jas said, “sometimes, we hear explosions and trees cracking, and when we go to investigate, there is no sign of any damage.”

Over lunch, Jas is quite straightforward in his assessment of Palden Dorje. “He is a bodhisattva. In the future, he will be Maitreya, the next Buddha. This is a certainty. I am confident in this because I have witnessed how he mixes peace with power. He can destroy and he can create. I cannot give you all the details at this time because I have been sworn to secrecy with respect to some matters.” He later hinted, however, toward some esoteric power that could possibly render the weapons of the world completely useless.

Jas is unconcerned with the naysayers. “There is no way to dispute them. Everyone has a right to be skeptical. It is not my job to convince them. I know what I know. Truth comes through illumination not attempts at convincing someone.”

Palden Dorje could very well be the one the world has waited for, but how can someone ever know for sure. He is markedly different from other gurus I have encountered. No matter what his status, he is an inspiration.

Although I can certainly say that Palden Dorje embodies a very powerful essence, what else had I actually discovered about him? It all seemed so ephemeral. I felt like I had failed to clearly ascertain the truth behind this Nepali teen but, on the other hand, I realized there is some value in what remains mysterious.

So perhaps it is best to leave it as such. Better yet, when he is ready for visitors again, why not book a flight to Nepal and experience the phenomenon for yourself?

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Digital Journal Reference

Ram Bomjon – Buddha Boy Banjan – Ram Bomjan – Buddha Boy Bamjan – Nepal Buddha Boy Documentary