Ram Bomjon Kicks Butt, Bloodies Critics

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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 way

Above 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.

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32 Responses to Ram Bomjon Kicks Butt, Bloodies Critics

  1. Tom says:10/10/2010 at 11:56 amHey a new religion – military enlightenment or bootcamp enlightenment!Reply
  2. J. Clifford says:10/10/2010 at 12:05 pmMilitant Buddhism. This guy is an egomaniac, which is exactly the opposite of what Buddhism says it’s about.Reply
  3. Kevin Green says:10/20/2010 at 1:39 pmTo 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.Reply
    • J. Clifford says:10/20/2010 at 4:35 pmYou’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.Reply
      • Devik says:1/11/2011 at 7:32 amClifford, 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?Reply
        • Devik says:2/12/2011 at 3:47 amDevik,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
  4. surya says:10/25/2010 at 12:27 pmram bomjan,he is now under presure ,coz he is training present time.it,s 100% sure one day ,everybody see what is the true.Reply
    • Devik says:2/12/2011 at 3:49 amBeing “under pressure” is no execuse for enacting violence on another living being. Perosnally, I would not follow a teacher that punches people.Reply
  5. Andriy says:11/5/2010 at 3:42 pmi’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 differentReply
  6. Gedas says:11/25/2010 at 7:11 amI 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.Reply
  7. Fred12 says:1/2/2011 at 5:32 pmIt 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.Reply
  8. Rash says:1/9/2011 at 2:31 amLol 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.Reply
    • Fruktata says:1/9/2011 at 6:39 amWhat, 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?Reply
      • Shell says:11/29/2011 at 3:58 pmThere 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.Reply
  9. The Flower Of God. says:1/15/2011 at 10:41 amvery 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.Reply
    • Shell says:11/29/2011 at 4:04 pmChristian 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.Reply
      • Love Peace says:10/17/2012 at 5:37 amVery 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.Reply
  10. acas says:2/20/2011 at 8:41 amComo 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.Reply
  11. look says:4/1/2011 at 9:58 pmWhy 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!Reply
  12. Sudeep Raymajhi says:4/28/2011 at 3:27 pmI 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.Reply
  13. Ben says:10/28/2011 at 11:09 amwow 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 existenceif 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!Reply
  14. Ben says:10/28/2011 at 11:18 amanyway 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 actionsReply
  15. Anonymous says:11/14/2011 at 11:57 amhe denied twice when asked about being a budha.he’s at the bodhisatva level.Reply
  16. Anonymous says:11/14/2011 at 11:58 amyou guys are VERY ignorant.Reply
  17. Nathan L says:12/10/2011 at 2:23 amThis 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.Reply
    • F.G. Fitzer says:12/10/2011 at 10:32 amBuddha 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?Reply
  18. Anonymous says:4/14/2012 at 4:58 pmas he said hes not buddhaReply
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