‘Buddha Boy’ reappears after year in jungle

Original: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/buddha-boy-reappears-after-year-in-jungle-1011713.html

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They asked not where he had been or what he had been doing. Instead thousands of jubilant devotees simply trudged to the remote jungle spot in south-east Nepal where a teenage “Buddha Boy” reappeared to preach to villagers, more than a year after he went missing.

Ram Bahadur Bamjon became famous three years ago when tens of thousands of people flocked to watch him sitting cross-legged under a tree for almost ten months. His followers – who say he is the reincarnation of Buddha – claimed that during this time he neither ate nor drank.

Then, last spring, his supporters said that the teenager was planning to go away and meditate for three years in an underground bunker. He was last seen in August 2007, preaching to crowds in Nepal’s Hallori jungle, around 100 miles south of Kathmandu.

Whatever encouraged Mr Bamjon to re-emerge is unclear, but police said that on Monday he appeared, long-haired, dressed in white and looking in good health, and preached to villagers for around 45 minutes. Local officials said he plans to speak to people for an hour a day for another week.

“Hundreds of devotees, including many from neighbouring India are trekking the five kilometres to see him,” said one police officer, Prakash Sen. “He spoke to the devotees standing near a temple in the forest. He had shoulder-length hair and had his body wrapped in a white cloth. Since many people are walking to see him, I think he has some of the qualities Lord Buddha had.”

When Mr Bamjon first became famous reporters filmed him eating, even though his supporters said he could go without food or drink for days. He was also spotted sleeping when his followers said he was meditating in private. However, a number of witnesses spoke of the young man’s ability to sit fixed in one spot for hours on end

There has been no formal declaration by Buddhist authorities on whether they consider the teenager to be the reincarnation of Siddhartha Gautama, who was born in south-western Nepal in 500 BC and later became revered as the Buddha, or “Enlightened One”. Buddhist priests have been divided on the issue, despite the claims of his followers. Meanwhile local volunteers have collected thousands of dollars from people who have visited the young man, prompting accusations that he is merely at the centre of a clever and enlightened money-making scam.

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Nepal police rescue Slovak woman from followers of Buddha boy

Original link: https://www.pri.org/stories/2012-03-26/nepal-police-rescue-slovak-woman-followers-buddha-boy Archived: http://archive.is/cfJa7

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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.

Credit: PRAKASH MATHEMA

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 says he slapped villagers for disturbing him

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Nepal police rescue Slovak woman from followers of Buddha boy

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“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’s disciples thrash journos

03.21.12/Kathmandu Insider/http://ktminsider.com/blog/2012/03/21/buddha-boys-disciples-thrash-journos/

“Disciples of the Buddha Boy Ram Bahadur Bamjan have thrashed five media persons in Halkhoriya jungle of Bara Wednesday.”

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Buddha boy’s disciples thrash journos

BARA, March 21: Disciples of the Buddha Boy Ram Bahadur Bamjan have thrashed five media persons in Halkhoriya jungle of Bara Wednesday. News24 correspondent Bibhu Adhikari was thrashed by volunteers deployed for Bamjan´s security even as Adhikari was shooting them misbehaving with Image Channel correspondent Prakash Lamsal, who was trying to cover a scheduled speech by Bamjan. [break] The volunteers then vented their ire on Resham Tiwai of Nepal Television, Binod Pyakurel of Tarai Television and Basanta Khatiwada of Mofasal Dot Com weekly.

Five Journalists Beaten Up, misbehaved (Pdf)

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“Five journalists have been beaten up and verbally abused in Bara, a district in the southern

plain in the central region of Nepal on March 21, 2012.
The followers and protectors of Ram Bahadur Bamjan who is claimed to be little Buddha for his
years long meditation and seclusion beat up journalists while taking photographs of  Bamjan as
he was being made public for sermon.”

 

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Five journalists have been beaten up and verbally abused in Bara, a district in the southern
plain in the central region of Nepal on March 21, 2012.
The followers and protectors of Ram Bahadur Bamjan who is claimed to be little Buddha for his
years long meditation and seclusion beat up journalists while taking photographs of  Bamjan as
he was being made public for sermon.
(Link: IFEX)
Talking to Freedom Forum’s Media Monitoring Desk, Bibhu Adhikari, reporter
with the News 24 Television, said, “Although we (I, Resham Tiwari of Nepal Television, Binod
Pyakurel of Tarai Television, Basanta Khatiwada of Ghatana Ra Bichar weekly and Prakash
Lamsal of Image Television) were called to make news, some of the followers and protectors
including Darshan Limbu, Bolhari Rai, and a German national beat us, seized our cameras and
damaged the reels while taking photographs about Bamjan who was being made public for
sermon after meditation.”
The followers of Bamjan also spoke foul on them, he said, adding that they reached to the
police for help.
It is the latest incident as a series of attack and threats on journalists from different quarters.
The incident is condemnable as it is the incident of press freedom violation. The local
administration needs to mete out action on those who beat up journalists so that it would help
minimize impunity and make journalists feel justice.

 

http://www.nepalelectionchannel.org/english/media-watch/press-freedom-violation/324-five-journalists-beaten-up-misbehaved.pdf

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