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Devotees Say Teen Is Buddha Reborn

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    Devotees Say Teen Is Buddha Reborn
    RATANPUR, Nepal (Nov. 12) - The
    teenage boy revered by many as a
    reincarnation of Buddha sat silently in the
    jungle as he blessed his devotees
    Wednesday with a light tap on the head,
    which they consider the touch of the
    divine.
    His face was still, his long hair spilled
    over his white robe, and he never said a
    word.
    The followers of Ram Bahadur Bamjan,
    18, believe he has been meditating
    without food and water since he was first
    spotted in the jungles of southern Nepal
    in 2005, when believers say he spent
    months without moving, sitting with his
    eyes closed beneath a tree.
    Bamjan re-emerged this week to meet his
    followers, who have come by the
    thousands to see him in the jungles of
    Ratanpur, about 100 miles south of
    Katmandu.
    “I got a chance to see God today,” Bishnu
    Maya Khadka, a housewife, said after
    receiving Bamjan’s blessing Wednesday.
    “They say he is Buddha, but for me he is
    just God.”
    Bamjan was expected to address his
    followers on Nov. 18 and then retreat
    again into the jungle for meditation, said
    Kamal Tamang, a Buddhist priest.
    Bamjan received the pilgrims from atop a
    podium covered in yellow cloth and
    placed before a massive tree. He looked
    healthy and strong and showed no signs
    of starvation or dehydration.
    Buddhism, which has about 325 million
    followers, mostly in Asia, teaches that
    every soul is reincarnated after death in
    another bodily form.
    But several Buddhist scholars have been
    skeptical of the claims that Bamjan is a
    reincarnation of Siddhartha Gautama,
    who was born in southwestern Nepal
    roughly 2,500 years ago and became
    revered as the Buddha, or Enlightened
    One.
    “Being Buddha means the last birth and
    the highest level that can be achieved.
    There can be no reincarnation of Buddha,
    even though Buddhists believe in life after
    death,” said Rakesh, a Buddhist scholar
    in Katmandu who goes by only one name.
    “Meditating without food does not prove
    that he is the reincarnation of Buddha,”
    said Min Bahadur Shakya of the
    Nagarjuna Institute of Exact Methods, a
    Buddhist research center in Katmandu.
    “There is much study needed to be done.”
    Bamjan has never addressed the subject
    in any of his speeches.
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    The devotees who have flocked to visit
    him have fewer doubts. Colorful prayer
    flags fluttered and incense filled the air
    Wednesday as the pilgrims silently
    approached Bamjan, who was
    surrounded by a line of Buddhist monks.
    “I have no doubt in my mind he is a god,”
    said Meg Bahadur Lama, a local farmer.
    “He has been meditating without food and
    water and no human can achieve such a
    feat. I used to hear about such miracles in
    the past but now I got to see one.”



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