Buddha Boy of Nepal

Buddha boy

I’m sure you’ve heard about the Buddha Boy of Nepal (his name is Ram Bahadur Bomzon). If you haven’t check this BBC story or Nepali Times (the photo on the right corner looks latest and is linked to it’s source, Nepali Times, but you need to login to read the whole story). I’m very curious (of course everyone is!). A teenage boy just walks out of his home at midnight to meditate and find peace. His followers, friends and people who’ve been watching him say that he’s sitting there and meditating for more than 6 months without food and water. It just seems impossible to believe how a human can survive for such a long time without food and water. It defies all the rules that modern medicine has known. Now there’s a team of Nepalese scientists gathered to find the truth. Like everyone else I also want to know the truth but having said that deep inside me I think something phenomenal is happening here. The boy himself has never claimed that he’s a Buddha and that he’s meditating without food and water.

Whatever it is, even if he’s eating or drinking this is truly something worth noting. He’s there, out in the jungle for 6 months meditating (nobody disputes this). On Buddha’s birthday he told the people gathered that he’s not Buddha’s incarnation and his mission is to meditate for 6 years. I truly wish him success from the bottom of my heart and hope he’ll be enlightened like Buddha once did in the same land. Hopefully his efforts will bring peace and prosperity to Nepal that has been plagued by the Maoist insurgency for past 10 years. This is the country where Buddha was born and this is the country where now Ram Bahadur Bomzon is meditating in the middle of a jungle to find peace and this is the same country where King, Politicians and Maoist are fighting with each other senselessly. I hope that this little Buddha’s effort will will succeed in bringing peace to my motherland.

A VCD about the Buddha boy is circulating in Nepalese shops in Hong Kong. It’s a documentary without any topic, it’s not clear who produced it and for what reasons. The whole documentary is about 1 hour long but I found that HKNepal has uploaded some fragments of it (24 mins.) to YouTube. I’ve posted here the link from YouTube. The video is in Nepalese so, for those who don’t understand the language I’ve summarized it below:

Everyone being asked about the boy say that they believe in him.When asked a monk “What do you think?” He says this is a basic soul, we need to be considerate about. While someone is praying for the people, nation and all the living beings where as others are drowned in greed and sin, fighting and killing each other senselessly. After looking at him I think peace will come to this country. He also confirms it’s true what people are saying about the boy

A driver who’s driving that way before the boy started to meditate says he’s been watching him from the very beginning and had seen three 3 different forms of him (morning, afternoon and evening). He looks fair in the morning, faint in the afternoon and glows in the evening. He says others might doubt but I totally believe in him.

Many people simply think he’s a god.

Market has developed in middle of the jungle. Hundreds of people are making living from this and thousands of pilgrims are flocking to the site from all over Nepal as well as neighboring India.

Worshippers are queuing up to get a glimpse.

His Brother is interviewed. Who says that he’s meditating there for 5 months and 4 days. Have not eaten anything and spoken anything but got up once on Buddha’s Birthday and told everyone that he’ll meditate for 6 years. He cannot say what will happen to his brother in the future because he also possesses a human body like us. But truly believes that his brother can complete this 6 years journey.

Man who was in the scene during midnight is asked to share what he found. He says there was nobody at the scene (no worshipers or guards) and is worried about the boy who’s been meditating without food and water for so long, recommends somebody guard him during night for his safety and just in case if he asks for food or water. He says a rumor is circulating that he saw the boy in lights and wants to clarify that it’s not true. He says he just saw a dim light that was glowing where the boy was meditating and people started exaggerating that he saw flash of colorful lights all around his body which simply is not true. While the whole world is concerned about whether he eats, drinks, goes to toilet or not etc… etc.. “isn’t it enough that he’s just a teenage boy meditating in the middle of a jungle. Doesn’t it say all? what more proof do we need?” He says that he’s a materialistic man but after visiting the site he believes that the boy is meditating without food and water.

Mother was interviewed and she says, she’s just like everybody else there and don’t know what’s going on. She fainted after knowing her son has left home. The villagers found him and only after 3 days she was brought to this place. Now she feels very good and is happy. She is sure that god will help her son to complete his journey.

Most of the people are satisfied with their trip to see Buddha boy and believe that he possess some power. They ask “How can he stay for such a long time without power?”. There’s one guy who’s visited the place for 9th time.

Locals have formed a committee and the chairman says they haven’t received a single paisa (cent) from the government. When asked about the rumour that there’re lights appearing in the tree he says; he himself have seen them in 3 places. He comes to work at 6am and leaves at 6pm. He’s never seen him eating or drinking water. He’s volunteering this job and says he’s not done anything at home since started to work in the committee. He’s doing this work simply because he believes and have faith in little Buddha.

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17 comments on “Buddha Boy of Nepal
  1. TJ says:

    Totally agree, hope all the problems are gone soon.
    If he can do something, that is wondeful.

  2. Prabir Barua says:

    I am a journalist of a wide circulated Bangla daily named The Azadi in Chittagong, Bangladesh. I have already published three reports about The Buddha Boy and would like to know his present situation from a reliable source there. Could Mr. Niranjan Kunwar or anybody interested in the matter contact me, I would remain grateful to him/her.

    Prabir Barua

  3. Niranjan Kunwar says:

    The latest article I’ve seen is in Kantipur Online http://www.kantipuronline.com/feature.php?nid=63824 . I’m also following the news very closely. I post the links to articles which I find informative with some personal comments of my own.

  4. PRABIR BARUA says:

    Thank you Mr. Niranjan Kunwar for your kind information. I am following the link. Expecting more information later and regularly. Thank You again.

    Prabir Barua

  5. Phillip says:

    About a week ago, I read that Bomzon began ‘sparking’ from his clothing whereupon later, his clothing combusted. It’s said that photos and video were taken of this phenomenal event, however, I cannot find any information containing such data. Anyone familiar with it?


  6. Niranjan Kunwar says:

    I’d written about it in my previous blog post The Age: Buddha Boy has nation guessing: holy or hoax?, but also haven’t seen any photo or video emerging online.

  7. lingchen says:

    Dear Niranjan,

    I am a regular visitor to this site looking for updated news posted by you and others here. I am looking forward to knowing the news from you. I do not know why but I am having an immense devotion for the meditating boy.
    Do let us know, please. Thank you very much indeed!

  8. tulip says:

    I know he is something extraordinary. I am curious to see the photo of him with clothing under combustion.

  9. Wen Chen has a web page with comprehensive collection of links, comments and analysis on Buddha Boy. He’s just commented in my post http://nirlog.com/2006/02/24/buddha-boy-links-collection/#comments

    He’s just updated his site and says:
    “Extra (To be uploaded) – More analysis, and details on the potential meaning of BB and why I am following this story so intently.”
    You can check out http://www.circusoflife.com/Main/Buddha_Boy.htm

  10. Aria says:

    Namaste. I can totally understand this, for a period of 4 years I meditated for 5 to 6 hours a day, now that is not a 24 hour day, but I can tell you, when you meditate alot, you TOTALLY LOSE INTEREST in this world, and in fact, if feels like you are drugged with the infusion of life force….. during this time for me, many master teachers visited me, I was taking darshan as I was meditating with LIGHT BEINGS….. I was taken to other worlds….. why would this be so strange for him not to have any interest in this world?

    When you go deeper and deeper into meditation, you clearly know and see the illusion of this world. Meditation becomes a DRUG for you, it is the highest high, not even to mention getting to visit the Valley of the immortals without moving your human body is great. You begin to truly realize, where your thought is, you truly are.

    Most can not sit in meditation for too long becuase the outer world of personalities override the innter worlds…. during my deep meditation times, I did not have the DISTRACTION of family, friends or things in this world calling me. This is wonderful to hear.


  11. Managed Dedicated Servers says:

    I have yet to meditate for the periods of time you guys have yet. However I do recognize the high, it is truly something words cannot express.

  12. tony carroll says:

    were did he go please can someone tell me?

  13. Iromi says:

    …he is thought to have gone deeper into the jungle as all the media and commotion surrounding him were distracting him. It is said (BBC story)that he came back after two months of his “disappearance” and told his mom that he’s ok and would be back in 6 years. I have to say that the Discovery program (that I saw recently) was far more factual and insightfully put-together than anything I found on the internet. I have only read of meditation powers like those of the “Buddha Boy,” so it was extremely inspiring to watch this documentary- where he was recorded for more than 72 hrs without break by the Discovery channel. He did not stir from his deep meditation -much less eat or drink. He was also seen to control his body temperature- sweating profusely despite being in the freezing cold for weeks.

    I have been meditating for 5 years now. In the first month- 10 hrs a day (required by the monastery). The following year- 2 hrs a day. The next 2 years- 1 hr a day; and the 2 years after that- 15 minutes to 1 hr a day. I’m upto a regular 1 hr a day again- woohoo! I think I have visited the “sphere of nothingness” but the longest was for about 20 minutes- very blissful. I’m afraid I sometimes only meditate to get “high.” I’ve added a “loving-kindness” segment to my meditation session 🙂 Some other benefits I have experienced are: more memory power, an increased level of concentration, and better physical health. Thank God for meditation 🙂 I mainly practice Buddhist “Insight (Vipassana) meditation.” Also, I once didnt eat for 2 weeks (when I was meditating 2 hrs a day) and I was ok! I drank water and oj though- gotta start somewhere!

  14. Iromi,

    wow…! how did you find to start with 10 hrs a day? It must have been difficult in the beginning? I’m also practicing the Insight Meditation for almost a year and have experienced a glimpse of bliss, nothingness or high… for few seconds to minutes time to time. I’m doing it 20 mins a day and learning by reading books and listening to audio lessons. I totally agree with you about the benefits that meditation brings.

    BTW, about the Buddha Boy’s reappearance. He disappeared on March 11 and briefly reappeared on March 19 (after 8 days). He told Bed Bahadur Lama (chairman of the committee), “I left because there is no peace here… Tell my parents not to worry,” This is the BBC Story. Is there any other story reporting that he came back to his mother after 2 months?

  15. Cal says:

    WikiPedia has an interesting page on Ram Bahadur– http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ram_Bahadur_Bomjon

  16. tara bahadur thapa says:

    i am a nepali boy pursuing my b.tech degree in india.i feel very proud & happy whenever i open this website because time has proved that our motherland is the purest of all that’s why god always choose our land to come to the earth.dear sir,being far away from my land,i don’t know much about our own nation,therefore i request you sir please provide me more information about our nation in your website.please accept my heartful thanks for providing me with such a wonderful information.

  17. John says:


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