‘Buddha Boy’ reappears after year in jungle

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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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Fight broke out between Ram Bamjan’s followers and local villagers

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4 people were injured in a fight between local villagers and the followers of Ram Bahadur Bamjan who is well known as an ascetic person. This fight was happened when the followers of Ram Bamjan started to beat the local villagers for entering the jungle without permission. This fight was started when the villagers found that they had beaten one of the villagers named ‘Utim Guro’ vary badly all night tying his hands. In this fight, Ram Bamjan’s followers, Samir Gurung, Rup Bahadur Thing and Lama Balak are injured. Similarly, one villager, Rakesh Guro is also injured. Police has started their investigation for kidnapping the villager. Ram Bamjan has apologized on the behalf of his followers being such rude to the villagers.

Little Buddha’s aides thrash scribes

 

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Volunteers attending to Ram Bahadur Bamjan, who is said to be meditating in the Halkhoriya jungle area of Bara since 2005, thrashed five journalists.

Bibhu Adhikari of News 24 TV, Resham Tiwari of NTV, Prakash Lamsal of Image Channel, Binod Pyakurel of TTV and Basant Khatiwada of the Mofasal Dot Com Weekly fell victim to the wrath of the aides of Bamjan, who is also nicknamed Buddha Boy.

Following the attack, the journalists rushed to an Armed Police Force camp in Piluwa. “We were filming Bamjan’s sermon but suddenly his aides attacked us and seized our cameras,” said Adhikari.

Police had reached Halkhoriya after the incident, but they too were barred from entering the site where Bamjan was giving his sermon. Police, however, managed to get journalists’ cameras back.

NOTÍCIAS DO BUDDHA DO NEPAL Quando Buddha-Boy Vira Bad-Boy

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Ram Bahadur Banjam, em 2010.
PATHLAIYA, Nepal. Aos 22 anos, Ram Bahadur Banjam, o Buddha-boy, hoje um buddha-guy, pregador dapaz, que alega estar meditando já há cinco anos, nos últimos dois anos tem aparecido nas manchetes dos jornais por motivos completamente incompatíveis com a filosofia religiosa que professa. O rapaz está envolvido em epísódios marcados pela violência.
Tendo, inclusive, um comitê/organização que o representa, a Bodhi Dharma Shrawan Sangh, seus adeptos e familiares têm tomado iniciativas cruminosas. Em abril deste ano (2012), seus seguidores, entre eles, três irmãos de Banjam (Ganga Bahadur, Dil Bahadur e Babulai Bahadur), foram acusados de manter em cárcere privado duas mulheres: uma nepalesa (Mata Anni de Sindhupalchowk) e uma eslovaca (identificada apenas como Marichi, 35 anos) – durante três meses!
O próprio jovem guru pôs um fim na situação quando soube que os captores estavam assediando sexualmente as mulheres na floresta de Halkhoriya. Acompanhado de outro irmão, Limbu, este, armado com uma espada, dirigiram-se ao local onde o Buddha enfurecido espancou os malfeitores, entre eles, seu irmão mais velho, Ganga. Todos foram parar na delegacia de polícia e foram liberados na manhã de 03 de abril (2012).
O caso, cercado de contradições conta com versões desencontradas: uma das irmãs do guru diz que seus irmãos consideram que o comportamento indisciplinado de alguns seguidores (referindo-se às mulheres cativas) estaria manchando a reputação do mestre.
A mãe de Ram (o buddha-guy), Mayadevi (isso mesmo, homônima da mãe do Buda Sakyamuni, Sidartha Gautama), chegou a ir à floresta acompanhada das filhas e disse que o filho iluminado bateu em uma delas, Asali Lama. Elas foram lá para libertar os irmãos que estavam sendo punidos pelos jovem (o guru).
A POLÍCIA: Os policiais acionados (por um dos seguidores) contra Ram Banjam, chegando à selva de Halkhoriya, vendo a situação, curvaram-se diante do guru em reverência, deixando aqueles que foram espancados revoltados.
A FAMÍLIA: As relações de Ram Bahadur Banjam com sua família também estão comprometidas. Uma de suas irmãs, Raj Kumari disse aos midia que o jovem distanciou-se dos familiares e começou a “levantar a voz” contra os desmandos da organização Bodhi Dharma Shrawan Sangh.
Todavia, a família de Banjam também foi contrária ao cativeiro das duas mulheres (exceto os irmãos marginais) embora tenham tentado defender aqueles que participaram do episódio quando souberam que estavam sendo severamente castigados com o espancamento.
AS MULHERES: Os seguidores do guru responsáveis pelo cativeiro das duas mulheres alegaram contra elas que praticavam bruxaria e estavam perturbando a meditação do Iluminado.
A associação Bodhi Dharma Shrawan Sangh comõem-se de um grupo de devotos que encarregou-se (por conta própria) de garantir o bem-estar e a proteção do mestre. Relatórios médicos informaram que a eslovaca Marichi tinha uma das mãos quebrada, hematomas e estava traumatizada física e mentalmente.
Marichi chegou ao Nepal há cerca de um ano onde ingressou em um monastério, em Simara. Durante esse tempo ela insistiu em encontar Ram Banjam. O assédio teria motivado a ação dos membros da associação Bodhi Dharma Shrawan Sangh. Injustificável.
MANAHARWA. JULHO de 2010. Ram Bahadur Banjam, 20 anos (2010), que ficou conhecido no mundo inteiro como o buddhaboy, perdeu a cabeça com a impertinência de 17 homens na floresta Halkhoriya.
Acusando-os de, deliberadamente tentar sabotar sua meditação, o jovem místico, com a ajuda de um adepto, contrariando os princípios budistas, em atitude inusitada – espancou os inoportunos, segundo os queixosos, com um cabo de machado.
Quando finalmente conseguiram fugir, as vítimas procuraram socorro médico em Kalaiya, onde receberam analgésicos e vacina antitetânica. Pralhad Chaudhary, um dos feridos, prestou informações em queixa formal à polícia.
O presidente da associação Bodhi Dharma Shrawan Sangh, que pretende representar o Buddha-guy, confirmou que aquelas pessoas estavam determinadas a perturbar a meditação do guru. Banjam disse aos policiais que o confrontaram que não fez nada de de errado e argumentou:
Será que um tapaswee (sábio meditando) vai a um tribunal? Eu respeito as leis, mas somente as mais acertadas. Existem leis erradas. Eles tentaram me maltratar. Eu fui forçado abater neles. E eu não usei um cabo de machado, eu bati neles com as minhas mãos somente umas duas ou três vezes. Eles mentem.
(De fato, como 17 homens poderiam ser espancados tão intensamente por apenas dois jovens, por mais malhado que seja o Buddha-guy? Meditemos…)
Todavia, uma das vítimas apresentou traumatismo craniano. O jovem Iluminado ainda explicou: Eu tolerei enquanto eles fumavam e faziam barulho, mas eles subiram na plataforma onde eu estava meditando. Mas não fiz aquilo (bater nos homens) com raiva. Eu faço tudo com um sorriso. Fui obrigado a puní-los.
Em novembro de 2010, Ram Bahadur Banjam protestou para impedir o sacrifício de animais no Festival Gadhimai mas considerou fracassada sua missão; conseguiu salvar apenas 20 mil quando, normalmente são sacrificadas centenas de milhares de criaturas.
FONTES
BHANDARI, Diwakar. Buddha Boy turns violent‚ thrashes siblings.
Himalayan Times, publicado em 03/04/2012.
[http://www.thehimalayantimes.com/fullNews.php?headline=Buddha+Boy+turns+violent%E2%80%9A+thrashes+siblings&NewsID=326582]
Slovak woman detained by Buddha boy’s followers set free.
Nepal News, publicado em 26/03/2012
[http://www.nepalnews.com/home/index.php/news/2/17610–slovak-woman-detained-by-buddha-boys-followers-set-free.html]
BHANDARI, Diwakar. Buddha boy shows wrath.
Himalayan Times, publicado em 24/07/2010.
[http://www.thehimalayantimes.com/fullNews.php?headline=Buddha+boy+shows+wrath&NewsID=250955]
LAMICHHANE, Upendra. ‘Buddha boy’ unrepentan.
MY REPUBLICA, publicado em 26/07/2010
[http://archives.myrepublica.com/portal/index.php?action=news_details&news_id=21467]

Nepal police rescue Slovak woman from followers of Buddha boy

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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.

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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).

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.

Is this boy the new Buddha?

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IS THIS BOY THE NEW BUDDHA?

The Mirror (UK), December 28, 2006
By Nick Webster

The farmers son who is hailed as a God by followers
SITTING cross-legged in a jungle clearing in southern Nepal, his eyes tightly shut and his arms resting on his knees, the 16-year-old boy seems lost in silent meditation – and oblivious to the armed police surrounding the remote site.

They are there for a very good reason. Where Ram Bahadur Bomjan goes, tens of thousands of people tend to follow.

Many Buddhists and Hindus throughout Nepal and India think the farmer’s son is Buddha reincarnate. They believe he existed for 10 months without food or water, survived the bite of a poisonous snake without treatment, and was left miraculously unscarred after being engulfed by holy fire.

But cynics call Bomjan a fake, whose only gift is in extracting cash from gullible pilgrims, which he passes on to rebel fighters.

The mystery deepened on Christmas Eve when, after a nine-month disappearance, the Boy Buddha suddenly reappeared.

On March 11 he had left his niche among the roots of a pipal tree in the Bara province, about 100 miles south of the capital Kathmandu, and vanished.

A massive search was launched, continuing even when the authorities ruled out foul play, but with no success.

Then on December 24 a group of cattle herders spotted Bomjan in dense jungle, about 10 miles away from the tree where he used to meditate.

The young Buddhist monk seemed bulkier than before but claimed he’d been living on wild herbs. His hair was longer and, bizarrely for a pacifist, he was carrying a scimitar-style sword – justifying it as protection against wild animals.

He said: “Lord Buddha used to arrange his security by himself. So I was forced to do so myself.”

Yet it seems his “miraculous” reappearance will do little to unite opinion across the Asian sub-continent about whether Ram Bahadur Bomjan is the new Buddha or a phoney.

His fame stems from a 10-month fast, which began on May 16, 2005, when his followers claim he neither ate nor drank, and was sustained by meditation alone – most humans will only survive a matter of days without water.

This led to unfounded rumours that the motionless Bomjan sitting beneath his pipal tree was either a statue or a corpse.

As word spread about his feat, 10,000 people a day began coming to pay homage to him. None of the many pilgrims who filed past his tree spotted anything amiss but they were allowed no closer than 25 metres away.

And for the entire 10 months of his marathon meditation, every day between 5pm and 5am nobody was allowed to see Bomjan, his closest followers screening him from view with blankets.

Such activities obviously fuelled speculation that he survived by eating, drinking and moving around at night. So the Nepalese government sent a delegation of investigators to get to the bottom of the mystery.

FOR 48 hours they watched as Bomjan neither ate nor drank. But while allowed closer than the pilgrims, they were kept three metres from the boy and were banned from doing medical tests.

A group from the Indian Rationalist Association tried to carry out an independent assessment, but were thwarted by the screens and threatened by Bomjan’s supporters.

“This is a typical case of fraud,” said their president, Sanal Edamauku. “The boy must be simply eating and drinking at night.

“The claim that he was fasting cannot be taken seriously, unless a fraud-proof blood test confirms that there is no glucose in his blood.”

None of which deterred Bomjan’s followers, who claim they saw light emanating from his forehead – further proof of his divinity. Their belief was further strengthened when the bite of a poisonous snake appeared to have no ill effect. He told onlookers: “A snake bit me but I do not need treatment. I need six years of deep meditation.”

Most mysteriously of all, his devotees claim Bomjan spontaneously combusted – flames burning the clothes from his body but leaving him completely unharmed. The story of his meditation resembles an episode in the life of Gautama Buddha, who 2,500 years ago founded the religion which now boasts 325 million followers, mostly in Asia.

Despite Bomjan himself saying: “Tell people not to call me the Buddha, I do not have the Buddha’s energy,” the claims of his divinity grew. Believers pointed to several compelling coincidences – Buddha was born Prince Siddhartha Gautama 160 miles from Bara in 560BC. And both Buddha and Bomjan had a mother called Maya Devi.

Yet his critics dismiss this as mere windowdressing to a massive fraud. While the pilgrims have transformed this section of jungle into a colourful mass of prayer flags and flower garlands, an army of traders have also invaded the forest near Ratanpuri to sell snacks, tobacco, bicycle parts, incense and sacred amulets.

WITH much of the local economy depending upon Bomjan, the talk is of a village-wide hoax.

The cash donations which have flooded in from pilgrims are now in a local bank. One of the most recent deposits was �5,000 – a huge sum in a region where the average wage is �2.50 a week.

His supporters say the money is for Bomjan’s security – they also rake in cash from an entrance fee as well as the sale of books, pamphlets, and cassettes promoting him as a new Buddha.

But there have been accusations that the donations are funnelled off to fund Maoist rebels determined to establish a Communist People’s Republic of Nepal.

As his followers flocked back to the jungle to celebrate Bomjan’s re-emergence, armed police had to be deployed to keep order.

For more than an hour Bomjan abandoned his meditation, preaching to the faithful, urging them to shun alcohol and violence. He said he disappeared due to the constant stream of visitors – especially drunks – disturbing the peace at his haunt.

He told local journalist Raju Shrestha: “I have been wandering in the forests since then. I am engaged in devotion which will continue for six years.”

Shrestha later said: “I don’t think he is a Buddha, but he has some sort of extra strength to meditate.”

Now, as his supporters celebrate his return, the sceptics have found more ammunition for their claims from the latest photographs of Bomjan.

Such is their suspicion surrounding the Boy Buddha they are saying his long, lank, dirty hair is drawn across his face to disguise the fact he is another boy entirely.

Believers have taken over Bara’s jungle – so too have the traders

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Controversy surrounding Buddha Boy

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