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Ram Bomjon Kicks Butt, Bloodies Critics

Devotees of Nepal’s “Buddha Boy” Ram Bomjon (Ram Bahadur Bamjan) tend to accept tales of his supernatural powers without even a fig leaf of doubt. The Wisdom Quarterly American Buddhist Journal, upon hearing stories that Bomjon has gone for years without eating any food, merely states that “no reports of the fast being broken have come to the attention of Wisdom Quarterly,” as if the burden of proof is on people who are skeptical that anyone can live for very long without eating.

Believer Anna Biela wrote a song for Ram Bomjon in which she ascribed all sorts of wonderful qualities to the boy who sits still during the day and is screened from view by his servants at night. She calls him “pure”, “loving and caring”, “compassionate” and “respectful of all sentient beings”.

ram bomjon attacks in a most unBuddhalike wayAbove all else, Ram Bomjon is described as an advocate for nonviolence and universal peace. Biela sings,

He’s in the silence
Excluding violence
From the human race

Excluding violence from the human race? Maybe, except for the 17 local villagers that he and his servants beat up. Ram Bomjon says that the villagers disturbed his meditation, and “I was therefore forced to beat them.” Ram Bomjon and his servants hit the villagers repeatedly with their fists and with sticks, and kept them captive until they apologized for interfering with his pursuit of enlightenment.

Ram Bomjon’s supporters keep on talking about how much Bomjon is like the Buddha, but what would Buddha do in such a situation? The stories of the Buddha speak directly to this question. It is said that when the Buddha sat underneath a pipal tree to seek enlightenment, Mara, a spirit of worldly attachment, came to disturb the meditation. Mara mocked the Buddha and sent entire armies to attack him. The Buddha did not gather his friends together to attack Mara in response. He merely touched his fingers to the Earth as a sign of his calm determination.

When Ram Bomjon hit people with a stick, he was not doing what the Buddha would have done. The Buddha taught that the idea that anyone is ever “forced to beat” anyone else is foolishness.

Is Ram Bomjon’s idea of the Middle Way that it’s okay to attack people violently, just so long as you don’t kill them? That’s some enlightenment.

33 comments to Ram Bomjon Kicks Butt, Bloodies Critics

  • Tom

    Hey a new religion – military enlightenment or bootcamp enlightenment!

  • Militant Buddhism. This guy is an egomaniac, which is exactly the opposite of what Buddhism says it’s about.

  • Kevin Green

    To my friend, Jclifford.

    You seem to have no idea what it takes to do what this young man is doing. If I came into your house and disturbed you, you would want me removed wouldn’t you? You can’t just sit like a fool and allow someone to disturb you anytime if its possible. Try meditating while being disturbed and tell me how far you get. He is a young man. He is a disciplined young man, but hes still young. Let him grow undisturbed. By the way, im a Martial Artist, just because i attack someone doesn’t mean i don’t love them. I attack my best friends, often times i attack because i love. You probably wouldn’t know anything about that though.

    • You’re right, Kevin. I know nothing about how hitting people with a stick is a sign of love.

      What I do know is that Ram Bomjon’s supporters claim that he is a living Buddha. The Buddha did actually just sit while others disturbed him. Faced with an army of disturbance, he did not rise to attack. He remained focused, and merely touched the Earth with his hand as a witness to his focus.

      Ram Bomjon is no Buddha. He’s a fraud putting on a sideshow so that he and his friends can profit.

      • Devik

        Clifford, how many times you have been to India or read about Indian people or India’s (real) history (Nepal was once part of India, till recent time)? There have been a lot of incidences noted where Saddhus/Rishis (sages) have hit or cursed their follower/s or the people who disturbed their Tapasya (long time meditation, from 6 to 12 years), but those were the people who have done great work for India as well as for the entire world. Yoga is also invented by such Rishis.

        Anyways, my point is that, Ram never stated that he is doing Tapasya (meditation) because he wants to become like Buddha or to have people follow him. The trigger point for this boy to start meditating was that, he and his family were in great trouble and there was no one to help them. He was quite young and did not find any way to get help. After that this small innocent boy decided to seek help from his god and the only way he could see to reach god in reality is meditation (which is taught in many of the ancient Indian scriptures as a way to get great knowledge and wisdom, and to reach god).

        Also, he started meditating in isolation, in forest. No one from his family even knew where he was when he left his home for meditation. After some time his family found him meditating in forest. There after people came to know about him and started visiting the place, and following the media. And where media reaches it changes the direction of the matter. That is what has happened with this poor boy. He intentionally did not ever try to reach out to people or media. He was doing what he wanted to do.

        Additionally, why do we need to call religion in between? Meditation is not associated with only Bauddha Dharma (religion); in fact it is transferred from Hindu Religion to Bauddha and others. So we can’t just say that he is doing meditation because he is following Buddha and should do only the things that Buddha did or suggested.

        It is we who are making statements and coming to conclusions, not him. It is we who are saying that he is divine boy or the reincarnation of a Buddha, he never said so. We are putting him on wrong directions by interfering in his life and by creating problems for him. As Kevin stated, “If I came into your house and disturbed you, you would want me removed wouldn’t you?”, the same thing is happening with him.

        Why don’t we leave him on his way and let him achieve what he wants to achieve?

        • Devik

          Devik,

          Anger is one of the three great poisons. Acting in violence towards any living being is a defilement and not the path of Buddhas. Instead of punching the villagers mocking Ram could have offered dharma, unconditional love and compassion. We should make no distiction between friend or foe for they all have Buddha nature and the seed to become a Buddha. I wonder, did Ram see the Buddha in the villagers hearts before punching them?

          Gassho

  • surya

    ram bomjan,he is now under presure ,coz he is training present time.it,s 100% sure one day ,everybody see what is the true.

    • Devik

      Being “under pressure” is no execuse for enacting violence on another living being. Perosnally, I would not follow a teacher that punches people.

  • Andriy

    i’m a Buddhist, and i agree with this article. as a Buddhist i couldnt accept people claim him as the future Buddha while its never been transparent enough to us.. Including the fact that they told us that this boy never eat. Sidharta would even sacrifice his flesh for others including animals (its in the story too) how could this boy is referred to a new Buddha?
    Dalai Lama is amuch better as a sample to follow, you could feel the peace when you talk to him, his aura is already different

  • Gedas

    I don’t who was fault. But if Palden Dorje defended himself, he did right thing. People usualy value events by theyr own perpective, for example death considered bad, but in reality it is neutral.

  • Fred12

    It simply isn’t true that Ram – or Dharma Shanga as he is presently called – was beating up villagers “with his servants”. Which servants? Even the villagers didn’t mention any servants when they went to the police. Ram just doesn’t have any. Just a fantasy.
    He was sitting on his small (round, hardly more than one meter across) meditation platform when some people climbed on the platform and started mocking him. He gave them a few punches,they left and that was all.
    In January 2006 Discovery Channell filmed him continuously for 96 hours and he did not move, eat, drink, sleep, or relieve himself. See “Documentary about Buddha Boy” 1/5-5/5 on YouTube. Also in early 2006 GQ Magazine sent journalist George Saunders to Nepal to find out. Saunders sat shivering (because the night was very cold) next to Ram for 30 hours and reported, in the June 2006 issue of GQ Magazine, that Ram did not move.

  • Rash

    Lol you guys are funny. You guys are a great example according to his speech. But anyways, let the boy do what he wants. I am curious what he is bringing to the people. Oh by the way, from the translation of his speech, he doesnt want to be called a “Buddha”. He is just a teacher.

    • Fruktata

      What, a teacher of how to attack people and make them suffer? What kind of Buddhist teaching is that? Which branch of Buddhism teaches that, when people get in your way and annoy you, you should make them suffer until they run away from you?

      • Shell

        There are many teachers in both Chinese, Korean and Japanese lineages that have used striking their students as a way of making them aware. By your argument, Cha’an, Son and Zen schools of Buddhism are not Buddhist teachings, but acts of violence.

  • The Flower Of God.

    very disappointed… very very disappointed… I thought this young guy might be something special. Yes, I have been a bit frustrated when my meditations have been disturbed, but, I just wait awhile or get up and move to another location and go back into meditation. I don’t get violent. It’s very disappointing.

    • Shell

      Christian faith is centered around Jesus who attacked several “money changers” with a whip because he felt that they were interfering with his religious beliefs. Christians never consider this as an unjustified reaction.

      • Very right, Shell, You have a good argument: So if Jesus beats up the money changers, everything is all right , he has done duty, according to the bible, but if Ram protect himself from beeing insolted and desrespected by some agressive idiots, so it is a big problem? Doesn`t Ram have same rights as other people or even as holy people. I don`t thing so. Imagine what would happen to someone attacking the Pope or Dallay Lama or even some local politician during his speech or in privacy? Even Dalay Lama has bodygards to protect him from any idiots… and if Ram Bomjon can protect himself, so its better than beeing protected by police ore bodygards. There is no mistake on him.

  • acas

    Como é difícil trilhar o caminho de Buda! Por que se ocupar com o fato de Ram ser ou não ser Buda? Se o comportamento de Ram foi ou não búdico não faz sentido tal julgamento. A cada um de nós cabe apenas buscar seu próprio caminho. Só a nossa própria incapacidade explica nossa exigência com relação a outros. Se Ram é uma farsa ou se é um verdadeiro Buda, isto não faz diferença para a nossa própria iluminação.

  • look

    Why ake opinion on something, go there and try to find him yourself. Instead of reading how he hit someone. Sometimes a good mother has to take hard grip on the hands of her child.

    It’s all right.

    There are wars happening and you should ctitize your goverment, they are the big lie!

  • Sudeep Raymajhi

    I m a great devotee of Gautam Buddha.Lord Buddha never opted for violence n according to the news the use of violence by this so called buddha boy points him that he is not a buddha, not only that he is not a true buddhist as well.

  • Ben

    wow people are pitting him against this nonviolence buddhism crap!
    buddhism was invented to control the population! yes i have prayed to the buddha
    but where did it lead me: poverty, misery, disease, etc.

    now i have taken full responsibility and control over my life and i’m mighty fine!
    no more a torture victim! we’re here on earth not just to make love, peace and harmony, we’re here on earth to experience, that’s right! to experience the whole spectrum of possibilities to experience this physical existence

    if you all want love peace harmony bliss go back wherever you come from … don’t bother us who have made our life here on earth comfortable and wonderful!

  • Ben

    anyway i am by no means advocating violence i’m just saying that whatever it is that we human beings do we must take full responsibility of our actions there is no right or wrong we only need awareness fully and consciously is not what you put in your mouth its fully knowing and understanding the fruit of our actions

  • Anonymous

    he denied twice when asked about being a budha.

    he’s at the bodhisatva level.

  • Anonymous

    you guys are VERY ignorant.

  • Nathan L

    This article definitely has untrue statements from the writer. There were no servants to beat up the 17 villagers. They do need to leave Ram at peace or be punished. Whenever you go harass an individual you will not get a hug and a kiss.

    • Buddha Boy, the Buddhist punisher, punishing people into enlightenment! I get your drift, Nathan.

      Why don’t we make a Buddha action figure, with special punishing powers, using Buddha weapons against the infidels?

  • Anonymous

    as he said hes not buddha

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  • OK. At first, when I stumbled upon the documentary on YouTube, I was very amazed at what this boy was achieving. Now, I will give him credit for that. However, and this is a big however, no form of violence should be accepted, especially by a “teacher” or someone trying to attain Buddha status. So, Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita does advise Arjuna to fight his family and friends in the battlefield, but they waged war upon him/his army (in the Battle of Kurukshetra, look it up! – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurukshetra_War). He had no choice but to fight, and he had (as the story goes) Lord Krishna at his side and the whole battle was set for his “side” to win. Apparently at the time they had amazing weapons which utilized fire, water, etc, and are impossible(to modern scientists) to make now (luckily because they’d just be used for more invasions like Iraq, Afghanistan, soon to be Syria, etc but the US and UK mainly). At first Arjuna did not want to fight because he was such a good man, he was overwhelmed the fact that he would have to slay his family and friends, teachers, etc. Remembering that he was a Kshatriya (warrior), just as we have soldiers nowadays (but this is completely different…), Arjuna was reminded that it was his _duty_ to fight. Of course as the story go Krishna knew the outcome of the battle and it was this battle where the Bhagavad Gita was first sung (5,000 years ago approx.). To the point – I am very, very disappointed in this boy’s actions. He is not Arjuna, and actions speak louder than words – he took (well, he and his entourage of supporters to my knowledge) 2 hostages, one Slavic woman and one Nepalese person for months besides attacking those people mentioned. That Slavic woman in fact after being held captive apparently actually appreciated what Ram was doing and will be converting to Buddhism. Very, very strange.. Ram is not a Kshatriya, and he should have followed Gandhi’s satyagraha technique in my opinion or something like it – he was disturbed, but that doesn’t mean the people who attacked him deserved it. That is for the Lord to decide, and Ram as I understand also believes in Karma – surely they will get their comeuppance if they did something that wrong?. My ultimate point is that someone who is trying to stand for peace and all things good, ended up attacking people and taking hostages. That is what is called terrorism, and not at all in line with Buddhism – his violent act(s) are extremely selfish, and he is saying that he wants to bring peace to the world?. How can some of you people defend this kind of unjust behavior?. It is indefensible and lastly, young or not young, this boy has shown his true colours and they don’t seem very nice to me, now..

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