Ram Bahadur Bomjon is constantly preaching about World Peace, Compassion, moral rules, bringing tolerance and love to humankind etc. Yet, as the above comment shows, quoting the Irregular Times
, from as early as 2007 this "Buddha Boy" (as known in the West) had been engaged in violent explosions which had harmed, by now, more than forty people. And because he is not limited or stopped by the authorities, who consider him a new god and above Gautama Buddha
in Nepal, he freely continues with his so called "Maitri Dharma" (new religion) and plans to spread "it" to the West. The question is how far this “Maitri Dharma” connected to anything religious or even moral. Mere words repeated by him at preaching and by his followers online, are not enough. In the same time (and even same occasions!) when preaching about so called Maitri (friendship and loving-kindness), they are chaining, beating women as alleged "witches", beating men to blood, and there was at least one occasion of rape order
and death. The Ram Bahadur Bomjon Controversy
. The death was of his sister, who served him nay years:
“‘Guru’ took the ‘internal action’ not physically but using his divine powers, the follower claims. The follower adds Bomjon’s elder sister has also faced the wrath of ‘internal action’. “She later died a painful death.” http://setopati.net/society/21938/State-must-watch-Bomjon-closely/
If anyone nowadays, Ram Bomjon (calling himself Maitriya Guru, or Maha Sambodhi Dharma Sangha) is a very capable wolf walking in a lama's robe. He is wearing a white robe though and long hair, to fit in the subconscious image of a Messiah and Prophet in the West. As the main source of income and worship for him comes from Westerners. His latest World Peace Maitri Puja 2017 in Kathmandu, with tens of thousands coming to be touched by his hand as blessing, had shown that people (even Westerners) are willing and wishing to humiliate themselves in front of him as if he was the highest god
(and the Setopati interview with his followers confirm they seriously believe in this:
"“His followers consider him to be Parmatma (supreme soul) and above Lord Buddha.”
“But he also considers himself a Parmatma incarnated to rid the world of sufferings. He plans to unite the world through a single Maitri religion, Maitrilanguage and Maitri culture. ”
“His followers claim his level of knowledge is above that of Lord Buddha. They claim Siddhartha Gautam reached a Sambuddha (self-enlightened) state but Bomjon has attained Mahasambodhi (greater form of self-enlightenment) state."https://web.archive.org/web/20170613110521/http:/setopati.net/society/21938/State-must-watch-Bomjon-closely/
He is picking up innocent people from among the poor and vulnerable, whom he lets abducted, locked up and sometimes tied with chains in his jungle compound Halkhoriya. He is then thrashing them, even if they are elderly women, to blood, fractures and let's his followers (mostly robed monks, khenpos and nuns!) torture them. Civilian Tamang Buddhist villagers are also involved in the tortures and violence, and recently his child monks too. But no NGO, no state organization minds this, or cares about his victims. He had kidnapped and kept in some terrible condition a Spanish devotee woman in 2007, who came to visit him. Andrea Good in her book Reflections on Palden Dorje
describes on page 62 how she had been released, with her skin scaling down. There had been no news about her anymore. But before her, a Nepali boy had been attacked by Bomjon, who tried to cut away his head, but the boy moved and so he “just” wounded his shoulder. His brother Dil took him to hospital from the jungle.
The shocking thing is that he does not even try to hide his criminal deeds. He knows that he would be not punished, as Nepalis are superstitious and everyone believes in his supernatural powers. While his Western devotees, in a sick way, somewhat accept that a guru can be also violent and has a right to harm human beings, if he considers it helpful spiritually. Some Westerners had been assisting in tortures of most victims (Tomasz Tarnowski) and tens of Western followers had been helping in covering up and paying bribes. According to the now closed down website Dharma-sangha.com
(this was a former official website, but after realizing what this person was about, the founder turned it to a critical site).
He has a big backing among some politicians and celebrities, and so much money collected from donations, that sometimes he travels even from village to village by a helicopter. During the 2017 World Peace Maitri Puja he had been celebrated with such a fanfare as not even the president or prime minister of the country! Hundreds of policemen had been deployed, to protect him from his alleged "enemies". While the police protect him from others, his victims do not get protection from Bomjon.
He had for example kept a Slovak volunteer Marici chained to a tree 3 months
in the jungle, just a few steps behind the stage of his 2012 World Peace Maitri Puja, held in Halkhoriya Jungle. Thousands had attended it, yet the monks and Bomjon's bodyguards kept people away from crossing the fence, behind which the two tortured women had been kept. When journalists arrived to search for the Slovak citizen (most locals knew she was there, as they saw here being abducted), Bomjon's men Tomasz Tarnawski, Bal Hari Rai and Darshan Limbu attacked them and damaged their cameras
. The same time a Nepali lady Mata Ani had been kept hostage by Bomjon
in his jungle ashram, and tortured similarly as Marici.
They both had been announced witches by Buddha Boy
, their hair shaved and they had been not just physically and mentally tortured, but also humiliated like alleged witches are in Nepal. This all did not stop the politicians at a high level to support and protect Bomjon, like the ex health minister Mani Lama, his ardent follower. Actually just a month after he thrashed 2 abducted villagers to pouring blood
(scroll longer down under the title), he had been invited by the ex late Prime Minister
to his residence and granted a passport, so that he could now start to spread his “peaceful dharma” in the whole world.
Bomjon is a dark and brutal wolf in a very white lambish lama's robe, but he is also the best expert in hypocrisy, with his innocent face expression enough to convince hundreds of foreigners that the tortured and thrashed women were "evil witches" or the beaten men "disturbers of his meditation". That he convinces uneducated Tamang Nepali villagers, it is not such a miracle. Elder people are usually illiterate in villages, and do not read newspapers. The local followers of Bomjon, especially other wolves in lama robes, pose as authorities who often use force and pressure to convince locals to accept Bomjon’s “non-traditional” religion based on regular violent outbursts and on worshiping his physical person as god. And even media and authorities believe Bomjon now, although the Nepali and foreign media had been covering his brutal violence and abductions over 12 years!
Attacks had been much more than here was possible to quote and describe. A list of most available media links about his attacks can be found on Media on Ram Bahadur Bomjon’s Controversies
(scroll through introductory text to the list), but an older article (some of the links became dead) lists most of his controversial deeds with just a few media links: The Ram Bahadur Bomjon Controversy.
That he is not even a monk and celibate, had been described on the Dharma-sangha.com website in detail, as the founder was obviously still in contact with Sangha members who witnesses shocking things in Bomjon’s private life, like having two or more girlfriends and making them pregnant and then sending them regularly to abortions
(in the time when Nepal’s women already widely use anti-conceptive) or a few descriptions of torturing animals to death
. Shocking is also the description by Canadian visitors, who witnesses Bomjon attacking his own family members with sword.
So it is better to be prepared for the arrival of Ram Bahadur Bomjon – so called Maitriya Guru Maha Sambodhi Dharma Sangha – the Buddha Boy – to your country. Worshiping him will be never for free: it will be at the price of harming a few human beings.