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Thursday, December 08, 2005

Buddha boy from Nepal part 2






After fifteen minutes of driving through the jungle we came to a small makeshift bazzar and parking area overlooking what in the monsoon would be a huge river but what was now a small stream. We were advised to park there and walk about two kilometers through the jungle to see the boy. There were a few dozen makeshift stalls just being setup. They were mostly for tea and snacks but a few were selling rosaries and other trinkets. We walked on into the jungle on the same sort of dirt road we had driven in on. There were a few other people about and the odd bicycle passed us occasionally but mostly we were alone in a beautiful stretch of jungle. There were a few more stalls spaced out at random but the general feeling was of a peaceful stretch of jungle.
We then arrived at another red cloth gate with a likeness of the Buddha boy hand painted on it. People were removing their shoes and leaving them in a large shoe corral. No one told us what to do; we just did what others were doing, there was really no one in charge. After taking off our shoes we proceeded down a dirt foot path flattened by the soles of the many that had come before us. The path lead us through the middle of a large tree with a hole in the trunk large enough to walk through. This was the tree where Ram Bahadur Bomjan the Buddha boy had started his meditation. What we heard was, that in the beginning of his meditation, curious villagers came and some poked him with sticks to see what he was doing and if he was dead. He subsequently moved to a nearby tree that provided better protection, which is where he is now. After passing through the tree we moved another 100 yard or so down the path until we came to the site. Ram Bahadur is sitting in the folds of a large Pipal tree, around him are two large concentric circular makeshift fences. The outer one is about 75 feet away from where he sits. Just inside the outer fence was Ram Bahadur’s brother with a few other boys from the village. They were there keeping people quiet and making sure no one disturbed the Buddha boy.
We managed to convince his brother to let us inside the first fence so that we were able to get to about 30 feet from where Ram Bahadur is sitting. To me he looked almost like a statue. He is sitting very still and wearing a grey cloth that looks like it has been outside with him for six months. The whole atmosphere around him is very peaceful and the site itself is very beautiful. Flowers are strewn along the ground and everywhere are Tibetan prayer flags. There are a few spots to light butter lamp offerings and one small wooded box to make donations.
Seeing Ram Bahadur sitting there was enough to convince me that something real and big was happening here. That combined with the fact that not once were we asked for money. Not for parking our large bus, not for the watching of our fancy imported shoes, not for taking pictures or video. Never was it even suggested that we make a donation. We spoke to the Buddha boy’s brother for a while. At one point we asked if they needed anything for their work here. He said they needed nothing just for their brother to succeed in his meditation.
We also spoke to the Buddha boy’s mother whose name is apparently the same as the historical Buddha, Maya Devi. She told us that she usually comes about once a week to see her son. We asked her why she does not come more often to which she replied that someone had to do the work around the house. She was quite shy and clearly preferred to blend in with the crowd and not be noticed. It was clear to me that neither the Buddha boy or his family were profiting from this whole thing at this point. Maya Devi (the Buddha boy’s mother) was in some simple clothes and looked rather tired and worried we did manage to take this one picture of her smiling. She did say she had been worried about her son but she was no longer and said that everything was good.

42 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ekdam raamro!

Sahrai manparyo tapaiko first hand account of the little meditating boy Ram Bomjan.

My scepticism aside, I heard the village that used to get fully buried into rakshi after dark is
less and less into it now. That alone is no less achievement from the effects of the meditating boy.

What a simple and innocent family of Ram Bomjan. Thank God, we have such good news beside the killings of the Maoists and ever greediness of King Gyanendra.

Thanks so much, Sam and Laura. Enjoy the better part of Nepal.

4:04 AM  
Anonymous John said...

Thanks so much for the account of the Buddha Boy. I really enjoyed reading it - in fact, I've been eagerly awaiting for someone to see him and write a firsthand account of it.

I want to go, but that kind of travel just isn't possible right now.

4:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Sam and Laura. I felt I was with you visiting the place and the Buddha boy.:)

10:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you very much Sam & Laura for your beautiful and generous account.
I've just had this crazy thought (dream) : what if we could all change the world for the better (i.e. like butterflies in the chaos theory) and in 6 years time discover that we are all part of that boy's dream. What if each and every human being discovered that the real ennemies are ignorance, harmful desire and hatred, instead of living in the illusion that another man (whoever he be, even Bush or Oussama) can be an enemy.
You have also given me a thirst for wandering around the world: wandering in a caravan, with me lovely wife and just playing the trumpet for a wee penny.
Let's dream, pray, meditate that human beings are only flowers growing on the dung of life and blessed by the sun and the rain.
I also discovered why Buddhists never mention God. It is because God cannot fit in a word (a word is an image, sounds or lines to which we give a meaning). Instead of talking about him, they have decided to experience God, who is love. They have decided to love each and every second, each and every being. Carpe Diem.

Well, don't take me to seriously. I'm only a kid, like Charlie Chaplin.

Love & Peace be with you.

mini-mike (mike.oboyle@gmail.com)

5:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"For the past nine months, the 15-year-old has sat, meditating at the base of a peepal tree in Nepal's Bara District, without food, water, sleep or the need to use the toilet. If that was not remarkable enough, on January 19, he spontaneously combusted, burning off the clothes he has worn for nine months but leaving no scars. Lest there be doubters, his followers caught that combustion on video and plan to present the footage, seen by The Age, at a news conference in Kathmandu, soon."
http://www.theage.com.au/news/world/buddha-boy-has-nation-guessing-holy-or-hoax/2006/02/10/1139542406197.html

"A 16-year-old boy who had been meditating and fasting in a Nepal forest for 10 months has been missing since Saturday morning, police say."
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/4797064.stm

11:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ram Bomjam is a true inspiration for me. I'm also 16 and have been meditating extensively for about 2 years.. i will also follow his example

om mani padme hum
Alejandro

8:45 AM  
Blogger Encarna said...

Wooww..I found ur blog on my google search for the buddha boy. I just know he's for real...for people like me in the Indian sub continent hearing stories like this one is not unusual..just that with time, there are fewer instances like this happening now. Very very cool..it takes a lot to be like him or to choose a path as sincere as his. Wish u'd posted some pictures of him as well..

12:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

get a life

7:04 AM  
Anonymous Jesse said...

Thank-you for posting this first-hand account of going to see Ram Bomjan, the "Buddha Boy". I've read a bunch of articles and looked for information all over the net to learn more about this fascinating story.

Reading your first-hand details about the boy's mother and brother, and the path through the tree and the dust on your feet really adds depth to the fact-based news coverage that is out there and I really appreciate it. I also found a podcast of an NPR interview with a GQ journalist who went to see the boy and was deeply affected by the experience. Hearing the story in his own words adds a lot. You can hear it here:
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5435806

1:11 AM  
Anonymous v said...

The day I found out about Ram, circumstances allowed me to dance as I hadn't danced in 15 years. Yes, a God-incidence. I love this story!

http://www.lovetoamuse.com

7:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Karmapa Chenno! I am happy to read an account of someone who is not in the media. Your first hand account makes it special.

Does not matter who he is, he is doing something special, whether we know it or not he is trying to benefit all beings. Even if he is faking, it could be good becuase it got the world to pay attention, think and listen.

1:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can anybody tell me where did this great person disappeared from deep meditation. Post the details if anybody knows...
Thanks and Regards
Nirmal.KG.

10:00 AM  
Blogger NandWorld said...

Nice Post and nice to know. I saw a program on Oct 28th, 2006 on the Discovery Channel and came to know about the Buddha Boy. The Channel shot a continuous recording of Buddha boy for 4 days at a stretch and the boy was seen moving or shifting very slightly. Also the Boy was profusely sweating which was clearly shown on TV. This program was broadcast on Oct 28 8-9pm IST. Nice to know your first hand account too. & thanks for the post.

1:46 AM  
Blogger Acrillic said...

Fascinating, thankyou. I have compiled a poem in response.

May 16, 2005 - March 11, 2006 = 360 days.
Inside The Sacred Fig Ficus religiosa
Sitting Za Zen, coming back in 2012 maybe?
Goal Accomplished.
Za Zentertainment, moved ON!

Individual Sacred trees join together
Jātaka seeds spread, sacred FIG grow strong,
Purple, green, ivory.
A Maitreya Bodhisattva, as a fig
"The accomplished goal?"
Sitting, Za Zen.
Moved ON!

Palden Dorje seems like a living Buddha to me!
Turn off your computer for a moment
Relax your mind, switch off TV
SSSSSSSit.

Think about him...
The authorities froze the bank account
Of the local committee managing the crowds,
While RAM Bomjon sits,
Frozazen like 600,000 Rupees
Moving on....

Pipal (Peepul) or Ashwattha tree,
Species of banyan fig,
Ram Bomjon's like Robinson Crusoe from 1719 British Jātaka ,
Made his home in a Banyan tree
But R.C is restless and roams and wonders...
Ram Bonjom Sitting SILENT.
Za Zen. Like thoughts Move on.
So move on...

Wearing
Just a thin cloth, through ALL seasons, sitting
Immune to fire, immune to cold and snakes bites.
Sitting through FAST headlines shooting
From satellite to satellite claiming -
"I'm a Buddha boy, get me out of here!"
HOAX whistleblowers, "i don't believe etc."
What boy is not Buddha Boy?
Move one

Meanwhile...
Ram was sitting,
And he HAS moved on, moving NOW already!
Goal Accomplished, must meditate 6 YEARS
Back in 2012, maybe?
SILENT Genius
Sitting inside a sacred Fig tree,
A large and beautiful tree that produces
Small
GENIUS
Fruit.

Sitting Without food, water, sleep or
The need to use the Toilet.
Bomjon RECYCLES like a human can!
Like a TREE,
Like a TREE you see, why "I" wanna be a TREE too!
Ram sits, he satisfies me, he DOES it!
Silently, Bravo,
Za-Zen of the Jungle Chitwan
Jungle heart.
Bliss.
250 kilometres south of Kathmandu his
Distinctive sloping shoulders intertwined
With FIG arms, Hair like John Bonham,
Like the Saraswati River shoulder, bend of bay.
Rigvedic river swimming along, branching -
Sitting Za Zen. Silent.
Reaching inn for Za Zen,
Swirling ZA
ZEN.
360 days, 366 Billion worlds and no words.
Continuously meditating in the same position
For at least 12 hours a day
Goal accomplished - Move ON!
Joined TREES of the Terai region together,
Made peace with Rhinoceros unicornis and jungle Tiger
Silently!
Bless you, thankyou
Move on

5:05 PM  
Blogger Carolyn said...

Thanks so much for your 1st hand account. I only just heard about Buddha Boy today (Dec 25th '06) for the first time.. and immediately went googling for more info.

4:39 PM  
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6:04 PM  
Anonymous Shelley said...

I also just heard about the Boy Becoming Buddha today, (Dec. 25th, 06'.) I am thrilled to find your blog in the ask.com search. I was actually planning on putting a blog on my myspace page about, but was trying to find the most 'solid' story. There are so many stories and I still haven't seen one that contains all of small details that I would like to see combined.

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with others ; )

12:55 AM  
Anonymous netking said...

Very interesting post, but PLEASE, switch your colors for a light background/black text... white on black is so painful to read...

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