Saturday, November 22, 2008

Jungle Buddha

A Nepalese teenager believed to be the reincarnation of Buddha by his followers has, after briefly emerging, returned to his jungle meditation. Ram Bahadur Bomjam appeared and convened with his followers, offering blessings before resuming his ritual meditation. Bomjam, now 18, began his meditation in 2005 and is reputed to go long periods without food or water. These reports have generated considerable controversy. The Nepal Buddhist Council disputes the claim that Bomjam is Siddartha Gautama reincarnated. The Discovery Channel did a show on the phenom, it can be seen here.