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Nepal Boy Called Reincarnation of Buddha
Yahoo News ^ | Nov 22nd 2005

Posted on 11/23/2005 11:26:55 AM PST by laney

KATMANDU, Nepal - A teenage boy has been meditating in a Nepalese jungle for six months, and thousands have flocked to see him, with some believing he is the reincarnation of Buddha, police and media said Wednesday

Ram Bahadur Banjan, 15, sits cross-legged and motionless with eyes closed among the roots of a tree in the jungle of Bara, about 100 miles south of the capital, Katmandu.

He's supposedly been that way since May 17 — but his followers have been keeping him from public view at night.

A reporter for the Kantipur newspaper, Sujit Mahat, said he spent two days at the site, and that about 10,000 people are believed to visit daily.

Soldiers have been posted in the area for crowd control, officials said.

A makeshift parking lot and cluster of food stalls have sprung up near Banjan's retreat, an area not previously frequented by visitors.

Many visitors believe Banjan is a reincarnation of Gautama Siddhartha, who was born not far away in southwestern Nepal around 500 B.C. and later became revered as the Buddha, which means Enlightened One.

Others aren't so sure.

Police inspector Chitra Bahadur Gurung said officers have interviewed the boy's associates about their claim that Banjan has gone six months without food or drink.

Officers have not directly questioned the boy, who appears deep in meditation and doesn't speak.

"We have a team ... investigating the claim on how anyone can survive for so long without food and water," Gurung said.

Local officials have also asked the Royal Nepal Academy of Science and Technology in Katmandu to send scientists to examine Banjan.

Mahat said visitors can catch a glimpse of Banjan from a roped-off area about 80 feet away from him between dawn and dusk.

Followers then place a screen in front of him, blocking the view and making it impossible to know what he is doing at night, Mahat said.

"We could not say what happens after dark," Mahat said. "People only saw what went on in the day, and many believed he was some kind of god."

Buddhism teaches that right thinking and self-control can enable people to achieve nirvana — a divine state of peace and release from desire. Buddhism has about 325 million followers, mostly in Asia.


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1 posted on 11/23/2005 11:26:56 AM PST by laney
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To: laney

Unless he weighs 500 lbs., I don't think so.


2 posted on 11/23/2005 11:28:21 AM PST by Brilliant
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To: laney

I was just wondering the other day how much longer it would be before Buddha would be incarnated.


3 posted on 11/23/2005 11:29:12 AM PST by Prolifeconservative (If there is another terrorist attack, the womb is a very unsafe place to hide.)
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To: laney
Followers then place a screen in front of him, blocking the view and making it impossible to know what he is doing at night, Mahat said.

LOL!

Reminds me of the Muslims who "fast" during Ramadan by gorging themselves before sunup or after sundown.

4 posted on 11/23/2005 11:29:29 AM PST by wideawake (God bless our brave troops and their Commander-in-Chief)
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To: laney

Hmmmmm... I advise a reboot.


5 posted on 11/23/2005 11:30:26 AM PST by theDentist (The Dems have put all their eggs in one basket-case: Howard "Belltower" Dean.)
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To: Brilliant

And he said that Leo deCaprio and the guy from Napoleon Dynamite were better actors than Tom Cruise.


6 posted on 11/23/2005 11:32:25 AM PST by battlecry
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To: theDentist

Wasn't that Keanu Reeves? Ya seen one Buddha, ya seen'em all!


7 posted on 11/23/2005 11:32:28 AM PST by Calusa (Say Nick, was ya ever stung by a dead bee?)
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To: laney

....and has he achieved enlightenment yet?......if so, why did he come back?........I smell a racket...........


8 posted on 11/23/2005 11:33:15 AM PST by Red Badger (United States Marine Corps, Saving France's Bacon Since 1775.............)
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To: laney

Hey, I've been meditating on my couch for years and no one has flocked to see me. What do I gotta do to get flocked around here?


9 posted on 11/23/2005 11:35:25 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: Brilliant

How long before Whack Jacko shows up in Nepal? This kid wont be sitting motionless for long once Jackson shows up.


10 posted on 11/23/2005 11:36:17 AM PST by DogBarkTree
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To: Larry Lucido

Shake your tail feathers! LOL


11 posted on 11/23/2005 11:36:37 AM PST by laney (little bit country,little bit Rock and Roll!)
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To: laney
Banjan has gone six months without food or drink
It explains how he doesn't need to get up and go to the latrine.
12 posted on 11/23/2005 11:37:05 AM PST by samtheman
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To: laney

Many will come saying . . .


13 posted on 11/23/2005 11:37:05 AM PST by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: laney

I smell a South Park episode in the making.


14 posted on 11/23/2005 11:37:25 AM PST by bonfire (dwindler)
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To: laney

Has anyone poked him with a stick to make sure he's still alive?


15 posted on 11/23/2005 11:39:17 AM PST by beezdotcom (I'm usually either right or wrong...)
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To: wideawake
Reminds me of the Muslims who "fast" during Ramadan by gorging themselves before sunup or after sundown.

Those are their rules. They fast during daylight hours.

16 posted on 11/23/2005 11:39:43 AM PST by conserv13
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To: laney
How come nobody is ever re-incarnated as a pedophilic bi-sexual murderous goat molestor..
you know, Mohamaad.?.
17 posted on 11/23/2005 11:40:32 AM PST by hosepipe (CAUTION: This propaganda is laced with hyperbole..)
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To: laney
Ram Bahadur Banjan, 15, sits cross-legged and motionless with eyes closed among the roots of a tree in the jungle of Bara, about 100 miles south of the capital, Katmandu.

He's supposedly been that way since May 17 — but his followers have been keeping him from public view at night.

How, exactly, do you follow a leader who is completely motionless for 6 months?

18 posted on 11/23/2005 11:40:54 AM PST by Brilliant
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To: Larry Lucido

>> "What do I gotta do to get flocked around here?" <<

That sounds like a personal problem. :)


19 posted on 11/23/2005 11:41:27 AM PST by sd-joe
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To: laney

I thought the current Dalai Lama was the reincarnation of Buddha.


20 posted on 11/23/2005 11:41:34 AM PST by Fitzcarraldo
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To: laney

WWRBBD?


21 posted on 11/23/2005 11:42:05 AM PST by Fitzcarraldo
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To: beezdotcom

That's what I first thought... "He's dead, Jim."


22 posted on 11/23/2005 11:43:03 AM PST by vrwinger (You're entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts.)
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To: conserv13

That's not a fast. That's a delay.


23 posted on 11/23/2005 11:43:19 AM PST by wideawake (God bless our brave troops and their Commander-in-Chief)
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To: laney
"Mahat said visitors can catch a glimpse of Banjan from a roped-off area about 80 feet away from him between dawn and dusk."

What good is a "god" that gets no more respect than a monkey at the zoo? BTW, someone has been slipping him food at night if he hasnt ate since May.

24 posted on 11/23/2005 11:43:39 AM PST by No Blue States
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To: laney

That's a nifty little bullet for a resume!

"The reincarnation of Buddha. Hmmm...
Can you give me couple of references?"


25 posted on 11/23/2005 11:44:14 AM PST by lastmanstanding
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To: Larry Lucido
...Hey, I've been meditating on my couch for years and no one has flocked to see me. What do I gotta do to get flocked around here?...

Well, if you can't get anyone else to do it, you just gotta go flock yourself.

26 posted on 11/23/2005 11:45:06 AM PST by FReepaholic (Are Christians allowed to eat deviled eggs?)
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To: Red Badger

The concept of reincarnation is one of the most depressing theories I've ever heard uttered.

Every instance of it means you failed last time around.

Every infraction this time around means another attempt in some other life form.

Thank God for Jesus and being freed from such a vicious cycle.


27 posted on 11/23/2005 11:45:23 AM PST by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Liberals are blind. They are the dupes of Leftists who know exactly what they're doing.)
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To: Brilliant
Followers then place a screen in front of him, blocking the view and making it impossible to know what he is doing at night, Mahat said.

If he's a normal 15 year old boy and his hands aren't broken - I can pretty well guess what he's doing at night!

28 posted on 11/23/2005 11:46:04 AM PST by Tokra (I think I'll retire to Bedlam.)
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To: conserv13

A very convenient way to fast if you ask me.


29 posted on 11/23/2005 11:46:45 AM PST by indcons (A Happy Thanksgiving to my FRiends and their families.)
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe

Yeah, you only get one shot.........


30 posted on 11/23/2005 11:47:08 AM PST by Red Badger (United States Marine Corps, Saving France's Bacon Since 1775.............)
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To: laney

If he's still meditating at night, why would they bother to screen him? That would really bolster their case. Doesn't pass the smell test.


31 posted on 11/23/2005 11:47:10 AM PST by TX Bluebonnet
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To: Tokra

I bet that Google Earth could figure out what he's doing at night, with an infrared camera.


32 posted on 11/23/2005 11:49:10 AM PST by Brilliant
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe

Actually, the old Greek philosophers who invented the concept of kairos were the first to discuss the concept of linear time, which subsequently became the cornerstone of Western civilization.

In fact, the first noun uttered by Christ in the New Testament is kairos. This demonstrates how classical Greeks ideas were connected to early Christian ideas.


33 posted on 11/23/2005 11:49:37 AM PST by indcons (A Happy Thanksgiving to my FRiends and their families.)
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To: beezdotcom

>>>Has anyone poked him with a stick to make sure he's still alive?>>

Noone is allowed to get that close.


34 posted on 11/23/2005 11:50:09 AM PST by sandbar
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To: Brilliant
How, exactly, do you follow a leader who is completely motionless for 6 months?

Well it is not to HARD that is for certain.
35 posted on 11/23/2005 11:50:15 AM PST by TalonDJ
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To: laney
...but his followers have been keeping him from public view at night.

LOL! I can see it now...

"Boy, do I have to take a dump...oh, and get me some Subway, pronto!"

36 posted on 11/23/2005 11:50:39 AM PST by Recovering Hermit
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To: lastmanstanding
Can you give me couple of references?"

Sure!


37 posted on 11/23/2005 11:51:22 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: laney

I wonder if there are any reincarnations of Bubba out there.


38 posted on 11/23/2005 11:53:36 AM PST by polymuser (I wish the Republicans had a majority in Congress.)
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To: indcons; wideawake
None of the other 2 Abrahamic religions require as much sacrifice as Islam does.

Personally I think all organized religion is BS.

39 posted on 11/23/2005 11:55:17 AM PST by conserv13
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To: laney

"Ram Bahadur Banjan, 15, sits cross-legged and motionless with eyes closed among the roots of a tree in the jungle of Bara . . . .

"He's supposedly been that way since May 17 — but his followers have been keeping him from public view at night. . ."


at which time he breaks out the pizza and watches reruns of Gilligan's Island.


40 posted on 11/23/2005 11:56:26 AM PST by reelfoot
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To: Fitzcarraldo
I thought the current Dalai Lama was the reincarnation of Buddha

Actually, the Tibetans believe the Dalai Lama is the reincarnation of Avalokitesvara. He is just one of the "bodhisattvas" of which Buddha is the most famous.

41 posted on 11/23/2005 11:58:07 AM PST by Tokra (I think I'll retire to Bedlam.)
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To: laney

The Buddha's back
Gonna save my reputation
Heyla, Hey la, the Buddah's back.


42 posted on 11/23/2005 12:00:20 PM PST by P.O.E. (Liberalism is the opiate of the elite classes.)
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe
The concept of reincarnation is the reason buddhism is one of the supernatural religions instead of just another philosophy.
43 posted on 11/23/2005 12:01:08 PM PST by ASA Vet (Those who know don't talk, those who talk don't know.)
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To: laney
Nepal Boy Called Reincarnation of Buddha

No way. *I'm* the reincarnation of Buddha.

And the next Pope, too!

44 posted on 11/23/2005 12:02:15 PM PST by Lazamataz (When life gives you lemons, kick it in the shins and take its wallet.)
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To: conserv13
None of the other 2 Abrahamic religions require as much sacrifice as Islam does.

LOL!

Orthodox Judaism is such a convenient cakewalk.

And that getting by with only four wives in Islam is so incredibly disciplined!

So much tougher than that creampuff monogamy rule that Christianity requires.

It's also much more psychologically challenging to lash out violently at your enemies rather than take that easy turn-the-other-cheek route.

Personally I think all organized religion is BS.

Given the weakness of your other statements, this one fails to surprise me.

45 posted on 11/23/2005 12:03:33 PM PST by wideawake (God bless our brave troops and their Commander-in-Chief)
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To: Lazamataz
And the next Pope, too!

Shhh! It's supposed to look like a competitive election! You're ruining everything.

46 posted on 11/23/2005 12:04:28 PM PST by wideawake (God bless our brave troops and their Commander-in-Chief)
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To: laney
Maybe they meant to say he is the reincarnation of Bubba!


47 posted on 11/23/2005 12:04:29 PM PST by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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Shhh! It's supposed to look like a competitive election! You're ruining everything.

When I'm elected Pope, I can't wait to hold a Jewish service in the Vatican wearing nothing but lingerie and high-heels.

Strappy black ones with 3-inch heels.

48 posted on 11/23/2005 12:05:46 PM PST by Lazamataz (When life gives you lemons, kick it in the shins and take its wallet.)
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To: battlecry

No, no, no... That was the reincarnation of L. Ron Hubbard.

BTW: I'm not really Redcloak. He's letting me post this under his screen name. I'm John Smith. Got that? JOHN SMITH.


49 posted on 11/23/2005 12:06:51 PM PST by Redcloak (We'll raise up our glasses against evil forces singin' "whiskey for my men and beer for my horses!")
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To: wideawake
Orthodox Judaism is such a convenient cakewalk.

I never said it was.

It's also much more psychologically challenging to lash out violently at your enemies rather than take that easy turn-the-other-cheek route.

So President Bush isn't a very good Christian?

50 posted on 11/23/2005 12:06:53 PM PST by conserv13
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