“These people do not follow Buddhist advice, Buddhist teachings. Only thing you can do is make public —through the newspaper, through the radio. Make public.” said His Holiness The Dalai Lama.
Tibetan philosopher Tsongkhapa had stated, “if the teachings are in discord with the Dharma, then they must be opposed.”
(Featured image: “How I was slapping them…” Bomjon questioned by the police after he had attacked 17 Madeshi herb-pickers from Manarhawa, by the help of his monks in 2010 (Photo: already deleted Nepali online media)
I.1. BASIC DETAILS ABOUT RAM BAHADUR BOMJON (links)
II. THE RAM BAHADUR BOMJON CONTROVERSY
II. 1. BAMJAN SUPPORTERS REQUEST GOVERNMENT TO PROTECT THEIR GOD (2019)
II. 2 .THE TIMELINE OF RAM BOMJON’S CRIMINAL AND UNETHICAL DEEDS AND A LIST OF HIS VICTIMS
II. 2. a. 2006: The first victim – Anil Khatri (1)
II. 2. b. 2007: The Spanish woman (1+1=2)
II. 2. c. 2010, July: The 17 battered villagers (2+17= 19)
II. 2. d. 2010, September 7: Nine Ratanpuri shepherds beaten for 20 hours (19+9=28)
II. 2. e. 2011: The Australian boy (28+1=29)
II. 2. f. 2011-2012: The Slovak woman (29+1=30)
II. 2. g. 2012: Maata Ani of Sindhupalchowk (30+1=31)
II. 2. h. Tortures of the two kidnapped women during the 2012 Maitri Puja
II. 2. i. 2012: Bomjon’s own family members as his victims (31+min.7=38)
II. 2. j. 2012: Attack on 5 journalists (38+5=43)
II. 2. k. 2012: The birth certificate forgery
II. 2. l. 2012: The violent clash between followers and police (24 people injured from both sides)
II. 2. m. Justifications
II. 2. n. 2012: Bomjon’s eviction from Halkhoriya
II. 2. o. 2013: The Sarlahi violence (43+13=56)
II. 2. p. 2012- 2017: Reputation clearing campaign
II. 2. r. 2014, September 2: Abducting and thrashing 5 men till pouring blood in Halkhoriya (56+5=61)
II. 2. r. *. 2014 October: Prime Minister Sushil Koirala invites Ram Bomjon to Baluwatar granting him state forest Halkhoriya!
II. 2. s. 2015: Brutal beating of Bomjon’s sister, deadly lynching of monk Sanchalal Waiwa and the disappearance of another monk (61+2=63 )(+1 below)
II. 2. t. 2016: Two mysterious deaths
II. 2. t. * Manu Tamang, Bomjon’s sister dies of brain edema she acquired by Bomjon’s thrashing in 2015 (63+1=64)
II. 2. t. ** 2016: A retired US psychologist, Dr. Moore’s death after visiting Bomjon (64+1=65)
II. 2. u. 2017: The violent dharma set out to conquer the world – Bomjon announces he is the highest god and is higher than Buddha, demands bowing to ground
II. 2. v. 2018: Bomjon invited by the new Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba to PM’s residence granting him right to return to Halkhoriya and support to establish many ashrams!
Important note about counting the number of victims:
The minimal number of victims was known to be 65 until I updated this article in 2017. In 2018 six new cases shed light which I will have to yet elaborate into the Timeline. Two of these newly emerged (yet old) cases, the disappearance (and suspected murder) of Suresh Ale Magar and the fatal lynching of Sanchalal Waiwa, is included in the 65 above, though not yet elaborated in detail in this article. The others – the rape of Ganga Maya Moktan and alleged rapes of other at least 5 nuns witnessed by her, the torture and locking up and then disappearance of nuns Fulmaya Rumba, Chinimaya Tamang and of Bomjon’s first wife Rita Bot (in 2009) need yet to be added to the below article as well as to the number of victims 65
I did not count here the additional 24 injured at the violent clash on the highway, as no names had been published.
By adding the newly emerged cases of 4 nuns to the 65 victims, we get to a minimum of 69 victims of Ram Bahadur Bomjon, none of which cases had been ever investigated by Nepalese police! Among these are 4 foreigners and 2 confirmed deaths, while the recently emerged cases of 6 disappeared are also suspected dead due to some witness accounts to media.
An old article from September 2010 in Prateek Daily but mentions that 6 violent incidents of Ram Bomjon were known until that date. Reducing it by the known cases by me (Anil Khatri, Spanish woman and 17 Madeshis), we still get an additional 3 unknown and unsolved cases of Bomjon till 2010, with an unknown number of victims (!), to be added to the number 69, rising Bomjon’s score to a minimum amount of victims to:
Ram Bomjon had been accused of brutal violent crimes, kidnappings, hostage holdings, witch-accusations, rapes, disappearances and murders against more than 72 men and women, including minors, Nepalese and foreigners. He had been also criticized for illegal activities like document falsification, stealing, encroaching government land. All this over at least the last 12 years, from 2006 till now! The below article attempts to list most of these cases.
In 2018 and 2019 a series of long whispered crimes of Bomjon had suddenly shed light, to unleash an unprecedented wave of police reports and media news about murders, rapes and disappearances, just to be again hushed down by Bomjon’s agile politician supporters in March-April 2019. The extensive criminal activity of Ram Bomjon makes it difficult to follow up and update this article, year by year, while in the same time, due to the support of Nepal’s Government, news articles or entire medias about his crimes are being deleted, journalists intimidated, witnesses and victims threatened and forced to take back their reports.
The shocking lightness in which, due to Nepal’s leading politicians, Bomjon is free to rape, kidnap, torture and even murder anyone, had been for example described in the Setopati interview’s second part with the spokesperson of Ram Bomjon (Maitriya) at his 2017 Maitri Puja event in Kathmandu, Mani Lama. Obviously, the article had been soon deleted. It was preventively saved by The Halkhoriya Times and archived .
I am also requesting the readers of this very controversial topic to save and archive Nepali media publications about Ram Bomjon’s crimes, because the Nepalese Government does not ensure the freedom of press and had repeatedly forced all mainstream media to delete any negative news about him, over the 12 years!
Setopati did not back off, and had anyway published a series of articles about Bomjon’s crimes, which are still available online here: https://setopati.net/?s=bomjon
See also: The Kathmandu Post: Controversial Godman
BASIC DETAILS ABOUT RAM BAHADUR BOMJON:
THE RAM BAHADUR BOMJON CONTROVERSY
“Do you think a meditating sage will go to the court to hear a case?” he exclaimed. “I took action against them as per the divine law,” he added.[***]
Ram Bahadur Bomjon (previously known by his Buddhist monk name Palden Dorje, currently known as Parampuja Sarvagyani Maha Maitriya Guru Maha Sambodhi Dharma Sangha) is widely respected in Nepal and abroad as the ‘Buddha Boy’ or ‘Little Buddha’. He has a strong group of followers in Nepal and abroad, mainly uneducated Tamang villagers, but also powerful political personalities and influential businessmen. Contrary to his teachings about non-violence, world-peace and compassion, his own actions and the deeds of his followers are often reported by victims, witnesses and the media as violent and morally inconsistent. Due to the endless political crisis in Nepal the situation still does not allow a valid law enforcement, thus the extensively controversial behavior of Ram Bahadur Bomjon can go unnoticed and often unrecorded, and he and his followers are enjoying total impunity. This situation had been described on The Himalayan Times, asking already in 2012 “Is Buddhaboy above the law?“.
Due to a proactive “reputation-clearing-campaign” announced by a prominent devotee of “Maha Sambodhi” Bomjon, Kishore Sherchand, in September 2012, a significant amount of controversial articles had disappeared from the Nepali online media, or had been made practically unsearchable on the Internet, as for example the once regularly updated The Himalayan Times articles dealing with the “Buddha Boy” (See more)
IMPORTANT UPDATE 2019: A similar effort to stop police investigation into the eye-witnessed murder of Sanchalal Waiwa, rape of the minor Ganga Maya Tamang and the disappearance of 4 other monks and nuns from Bomjon’s ashram, had been made in 2019 by Bomjon’s Bodhi Shrawan Dharma Sangha organization made up of former politicians including Mani Lama, ex-health minister, Bhuminand Devkota, a former leader of the Maoist Centre, Kewal Lama, Chatra Ghishing, Sindhuli District’s Kamalamai Municipality and others:
Image above: 2. from left Mani Lama, 3. from left Bhuminand Devkota, 4. from left Kewal Singh Lama (Kamal Singh?).
BAMJAN SUPPORTERS REQUEST GOVERNMENT TO PROTECT THEIR GOD-LEADERS OF BODHI SHRAWAN DHARMA SANGHA ARE REQUESTING MEDIA IMPUNITY FOR BAMJAN
“January 2, 2019
As police probe deeper into the alleged reports of four people missing from Bamjan’s (self proclaimed Buddha) ashram, and top media outlets continue to update on the case, supporters of Bamjan have reached out to the government for help.
Top leaders of Bodhi Shrawan Dharma Sangha met and submitted a memorandum to Chairman of Nepal Communist Party Pushpa Kamal Dahal, who in turn has assured the Sangha that the memorandum would reach the attention of Prime Minister Oli. Dahal also said he is aware of the media reports against him and that he has ‘much affection’ for the Guruji.
The submitted memorandum says media outlets like Setopati and Kantipur are attacking the religious harmony of the nation, and are bent on tarnishing the image of their revered guru. The memorandum does not address the issue of the four missing people, and requests the government’s immediate action against media outlets publishing news against the ashram.
Image above: The Nepali language ‘Memorandum’ taken by Bomjon’s supporter to the Government in 2019. Source: Awaajnews.com
Mainstream media The Kathmandu Post adds: “Lama and Devkota said they would also appeal to leaders from other parties including the Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum-Nepal and the Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal on the matter.”
THE TIMELINE OF RAM BOMJON’S CRIMINAL AND UNETHICAL DEEDS AND A LIST OF HIS VICTIMS
UPDATE 2019: Until I elaborate the newest Bomjon’s crime cases emerged in 2018 and 2019, please find them in:
and in the links and quotations provided in my article Cases in 2018-2019
2006: The first victim – Anil Khatri
A clear sign about this activity is a copied post by Niranjan Kunwar on his blog, with a link to the original article about Bomjon’s first known victim of violence, then 22-year old Anil Khatri, where the original text is no longer accessible. According to Ratanpuri locals the shepherd boy had wandered around the meditation site of his former shepherd-friend, Bomjon, whom he surprised when he was playing with his sword (the sword clearly shown on a French Television footage), and Bomjon attacked Anil without warning, causing bleeding wounds on his shoulder area. Realizing the severity of his “play”, he requested his brother Dil Bahadur to drive his victim to a medical clinic on his motorbike. The incident happened in 2006-2007. An article of the Himalayan Times is mentioning this already forgotten sword incident. Bomjon’s sword was clearly shown on a documentary of the French Television called Soujet Romain Destans: La retour de la Little Bouddha when he had been found “meditating” in Bhagjora Jungle (near Hetauda) by some followers and media, apparently after fleeing the scene of his attack and hiding for 10 months. Media was writing about the incident:
“Bamjan, who preaches against violence, hacked a local youth with a sword critically injuring him two years ago. He disappeared after the incident for nine months. Later he was found in Bagjhor forest with a sword, but no action was taken against him”.
Another source, referring to Naya Patrika newspaper, names the victim whom Bomjon attacked with his sword as the then 22 years old Anil Khatri, and the reason as Khatri entering the meditation premises without permission”.
Bomjon, as it is claimed in the Nepalese media-based blog article, had been absconding from time after his sword attacks.
Above image: “He has an ash-coloured shawl wrapped across his chest,” he said, adding the boy had a “flat-ended scimitar” next to him (Buddha Boy back with a weapon)
French cameraman Romain Destans’ own Youtube Channel is showing the excerpt from the film made by him, where Bomjon is shown speaking, and his sword is shown nearby: Sujet Romain Destans: Le retour de Little Bouddha A version of this film named Little Bouddha : “Je méditais tellement profondément” had been archived on “Little Bouddha, le méditant, méditation “.”
“Bamjan courted controversy for the first time when he assaulted a local youth with a sword. After that, he was also drawn into many other controversies including hostage-taking and thrashing.”
(Structures in Halkhoria demolished, The Himalayan Times)
2007: The Spanish woman
The second widely known victim of the uncontrolled violent tendencies of Ram Bomjon was a Spanish woman, witnessed by Ratanpuri and Piluwa locals, and whose story had been reported on Nepali television in 2006-2007, just after the attack on Anil Khatri. The story of the Spanish woman, according to Ratanpuri residents and Jas Bahadur Waiba from Pilua, Bomjon’s right hand at the time, was that she had been kidnapped and tied in Bomjon’s Halkhoriya jungle for a few weeks, held and tortured on “witchcraft charges“, and then released in bad condition (strange over-all skin injury, Jas Bahadur Waiba, from whose house she was kidnapped, described her veiling in pain and unable to lie down of that pain after Bomjon’s “punishment”, with which Waiba agreed!), and let to return home. No news had been told about her afterwards. The devotees of Ram Bomjon considered the “punishment” of the woman an acceptable form of enforcing Dharma.
Andrea Good (Jyampa Dolma), the self-styled US/Japanese leader of the group of foreign devotees had mentioned the case of the unfortunate woman, as one of those acquainted with her ordeal, in her book Reflections on Sambodhi Dharma Sangha (formerly Reflections on Palden Dorje, see Lulu.com). As I myself was the proof-reader of this book, Andrea told me personally that this paragraph was about “that Spanish woman” about whom Jas Bahadur Waiba and many Nepalese followers had spoken:
2010, July: The 17 battered villagers
Another known controversy of the freshly enlightened Buddha Boy is the case of 17 Madeshi men, who were attacked by Bomjon and his lamas (monks) residing with him, allegedly because they were mimicking him while he meditated. The men claimed they were picking rare herbs , which are known to be found in the area of the Halkhoriya jungle (for example Kurilo, Niuro). An article on the on The Himalayan Times “Police quizzes ‘Buddha Boy’ over thrashing locals” is now unsearchable, while Sanjib Subedi had retained it on his blog: http://sanjibsubedi.blogspot.com/search?q=buddha+boy Ekantipur had also deleted its article about the topic titled “Buddha Boy sees red“.
My Republica was more specific than others: “Many have fallen ill due to the thrashing. One Prahlad Chaudhary sustained minor head injury. “He struck on our back and head with an axe handle. He didn’t relent even after we apologized,” Dev Narayan Chaudhary, 45, of Manaharwa-6 told mediapersons Saturday morning. Chaudhary said the group couldn’t retaliate against the man whom they have been worshiping till now.”
“There were 17 of us and we could have retaliated. But we could’t do anything other than join our hands in apology,” he added.[*****] In a two days later article it quotes Bamjan: “The locals have lied. I have just slapped them two-three times,” he claimed. He, however, couldn’t elaborate on how a man sustained head injury with slaps. He said the group didn’t retaliate against him and hinted that he would have used his divine powers if the locals had retaliated. [*******]
Later, in 2012, The Himalayan Times remembered the unpunished attack on the Madeshi men once more, just to delete all traces of it again: “Bamjan had beaten up 17 locals of Bara Manarwa about one-and-half year ago detaining them for 24 hours as they had entered inside his fence in search of wild shoots and fruits. The victims filed FIR against Bamjan, but no action was taken”.[****]
The re-published article of the Nayapatrika Daily is preserved here. Nepalnews also published about the incident. The Sofadasala blog writes about the incident on Spanish. The account of the BBC was brief but at least not subject to censorship.
2010, September 7: Nine Ratanpuri shepherds beaten for 20 hours
UPDATE 2019: The case of Ratanpuri shepherds had happened in September 2010, just after Bomjon attacking the 17 Madeshis. Maybe because of this, the case did not trigger much media attention anymore. The only available, but reliable source, is the Nepali language Prateek Daily newspaper (Archive.org) , which is a local media of Nijgadh (the town center nearest to Halkhoriya Jungle, where most crimes happened). The story how Bomjon had let abducted and locked up the shepherds (including 4 women) and beat them by the help of his followers 20 hours continuously, had been described in my new article An old case never published in English – Bomjon attacking 20 shepherds in 2010 .
Police complaints by the villagers had been ignored.
A surprising information can be deducted from the above mentioned Prateek Daily article:
“Earlier this year, Bomjon had similarly abducted 17 Madeshi villagers from Manarhawa VDC (Village Development Committee) and tortured them (all night). Although there had been already 6 such incidents in Ram Bomjon’s self-proclaimed “banned jungle area” till today (2010), and despite police reports placed by the victims, the police continues to be passive and silent.”
It means that the Nepalese police, media, Government and public had been aware of already 6 similar incidents (each including multiple victims!) before the “shepherds-attack”! So if we count backwards, there must have been ALREADY OTHER 3 VIOLENT INCIDENTS BY RAM BOMJON apart from the here mentioned well-known cases of 1, Anil Khatri, 2, Spanish tourist and 3, Seventeen Madeshi villagers. Till this day they are unknown to the English speaking public.
2011: The Australian boy
The next known victim was a foreign boy (his name not published at his request, but his incident with Bomjon is well known for the Nijgadh Police and Bomjon’s former local followers), who had been severely attacked by the Buddha Boy in the summer of 2011, his head repeatedly banged to the concrete in front of his “office houses” inside the Halkhoriya jungle (currently demolished by Nepali police). Bomjon stopped the beating only after one of the female witnesses broke in tears seeing this. Then the boy had been held one night locked up in an “office house” in the jungle. The next day he managed to climb out the window and escape. After contacting police, he returned to his country.
Andrea Good (Jyampa Dolma), the authority of the foreign followers of Ram Bomjon, had mistakenly commented under a critical article on The Irregular Times, as a reaction to another commentator whom she had assumed was the above mentioned beaten foreigner boy, justifying her guru’s “punishment”:
“April 13, 2012 at 1:35 am ·I am convinced that MS Dharma Sangha is acting with complete wisdom and taking the surest and fastest path to benefit beings. He does not mete out Dharmic punishment in private, but in front of those who would witness. He has no secrets and nothing to hide, …. He is simply doing as the moment requires”
The “official version” was that the Australian (who does not wish to be named) had disturbed Bomjon’s meditation and that he attacked him physically. The victim denies this accusation as false, instead he told repeatedly that he wished to become the “Buddha Boy’s” disciple in meditation after inspired by positive news about him from the Internet.
Image above: The house in the “inner compound” where the Australian devotee had unexpectedly bumped upon Bomjon in September 2011, when he was searching for him under his meditation tree. Bomjon started to beat him here, pulling him to the public area at the riverbed where he continued with banging his head to the concrete threshold. This house had been suspected by Nepalese media as a place where Bomjon regularly was locking up his victims (this news video was made when investigating the 2012 victim of Bomjon Mata Ani’s case, see below). This and other “office houses” as they called them, had been bulldozed down by Nepalese authorities after Bomjon’s series of crimes against many people, yet he and his accomplices never faced justice for them.
An excerpt of the long and detailed conversation between the victim and an interviewer:
[16:17:00] australian devotee : i think he was saying something in tamang in agitated voice
[16:17:27] australian devotee : he just said sit
[16:17:28] i: he was really agitated???
[16:17:32] australian devotee : yeah
[16:24:57] australian devotee : he beat me there then pushed me down to where all the houses were at the entrance
[16:33:41] i.: u left yourself to be beaten without even raising your hand for defending?
[16:33:47] australian devotee : yeah
[16:34:16] i.: so u were like totally exhausted and just allowing him to thrash you
[16:34:24] australian devotee : yeah
[16:34:30] australian devotee : he hit me first
[16:34:34] i.: yes but while he was beating, you could not try to sneak out of his grab and run?
[16:34:39] australian devotee : i never expected that he would be violent
[16:34:50] australian devotee : he grabbed by clothes
[16:34:58] australian devotee : i tried to escape
[01:07:04] australian devotee : he kicked me punched me banged my head on the concrete and rocks and ground
The Australian devotee boy had been locked up in one of Bomjon’s concrete huts built in the jungle, but managed to escape from the window the next morning. Meeting police patrol at the East-West Highway, he had reported the incident to them, but had chosen to immediately return to Kathmandu and fly to his country.
Above image: Bomjon’s Prison Houses – one of the numerous “office houses” which had been built over the years inside the jungle illegally encroached by Ram Bomjon and his cult members. Bomjon had pulled his Australian victim to this house, banging his head to the concrete threshold and then locking him up in the neighboring room. The house had been bulldozed down by Nepalese authorities after Bomjon had been evicted due to his series of crimes in 2012.
2011-2012: The Slovak woman
The widely known case of Slovak woman had been reported on Ekantipur, on The Himalayan Times (now deleted but saved in Internet archives and links below) and Avenue TV (also shown on TV 24). After being kidnapped by Bomjon, she was kept 3 months in his jungle compound tied to a tree, in conditions easily guessed by looking at the below picture made by Kantipur journalist Niranjan Kunwar in the Immigration Detention, where Bomjon sent her after he released her in March 2012 (using the fact she could not arrange her visa while tied to a tree in the jungle). (See Related articles for information about the sexual abuse, among others, by which the victim had been tortured at Bomjon’s instruction when in his captivity). As a consequence of the torture, the Slovak victim’s hands had been fractured and she was robbed of her computer, mobile, ID card and other valuables.
Image above: The Slovak victim of Ram Bomjon, when she was still living in the Halkhoriya compound and serving as a volunteer in administration and translation. The photo is from the spring of 2011, when devotees were told to line up for the welcoming ritual of Tsona rinpoche, a visitor to Ram Bomjon.
Image above: The Slovak victim of Ram Bomjon between January and March 2011 camping in Halkhoriya Jungle, where she was invited by Bomjon’s Nepalese followers and the cult’s US-Japanese leader Andrea Good, to assist as a volunteer in translations of Bomjon’s teachings and as a reporter for the foreign groups of followers. Photo taken by Andrea Good.
Image above: Bomjon’s Slovak victim after the 3 months tortures chained to a tree at the order of Bomjon, beaten by Bomjon and his attendants. Two of her wrists had been broken and she was repeatedly sexually assaulted at Bomjon’s order, a few meters from his villa in the jungle. Photo by Niranjan Kunwar, Kantipur media.
2012: Maata Ani of Sindhupalchowk
During the time of the Slovak woman a Nepali woman known as Mata Aani (a female recluse, meaning “Mother Nun”) had been held captive, and allegedly locked up in a house, for two months. Her condition was similar to the other victims: apparent malnutrition, broken hand, shortly cut hair and a terrorized face. Her interview had been shown on the Nepali Avenue TV (TV 24) in March 2012, in the first part of the documentary from 2:57 min. An article from Ekantipur had written her address as Nijgadh-8 . Mata Aani is one of the disappeared victims.
The Himalayan Times reported the incident in a few articles.
The below image shows Maata Ani during the release from Bomjon’s captivity by the police a few days after the release of Slovak Marici (24 March, 2012), in a screenshot of the Avenues TV Channel of Nepal. Maata’s left hand also seemed to be crooked after an apparent untreated fracture as part of Bomjon’s tortures, similarly as the two wrists of Slovak Marici.:
As a comparison, the below image shows Maata Ani, how she looked like in 2011, a few months before kidnapped and held captive by Bomjon, during the June 2011 Mahadarshan event celebrating actually Bomjon himself (photo: courtesy of Michiel Hegener):
Tortures of the two kidnapped women during the 2012 Maitri Puja
According to the above mentioned media, the torture of the chained Slovak woman and the locked-up Maata had taken place during the 2012 World-Peace Maitri Puja of Maha Sambodhi Dharma Sangha, just a few minutes from the crowded religious ceremony’s venue. While the two women had been tied and regularly beaten, Maha Sambodhi Dharma Sangha was preaching about non-violence, Maitri and compassion to a crowd of thousands of worshipers. The timing of the last stage of the 3 months-long lasting tortures had been chosen to coincide with the one-week of 2012 Maitri Puja. This was decided by Bomjon himself, while a few times he changed the Puja’s dates to adjust to the state of the victims held in the guarded jungle behind the big painting of “God Maitriya”. This obsession with the timings gives a suggestion that the prolonged and repeated ritual tortures of the two alleged “witches” had to ensure some “magical result” in the combination with the Puja. For example, Bomjon had ordered to his attendant Darshan Subba Limbu to sexually assault the chained Slovak kidnapped victim to exactly coincide with his Seven Deities’ Prayers, chanted by an assembly of Buddhist Lamas over the course of the March 19-24, 2012 Maitri Puja.
The second image shows Bomjon walking out of the jungle area towards his preaching stage, together with his most faithful followers where he kept his two kidnapped victims, the Slovak woman and Mata Aani. Budha lama on his left and next to the left khenpo Dawa had been assisting in the tortures.. On his right are Jas Bahadur Waiba and Mani Lama. All these men knew about the two women kept tied for months against their will, beaten, humiliated and tortured, yet had no feeling of guilt when walking to the venue of the “World Peace Maitri Puja” to chant Tibetan mantras with the crowd of thousands, about love, peace, non-violence and compassion!
Above image: The Forbidden Area, area where the two devotee-women accused of “witch-craft” had been tied and tortured for 3 months had been fenced by barbed-wire fence and guarded by Bomjon’s loyal old Buddhist lamas, who had also seen the women suffering on the chains. The crowd of thousands of followers invited for the 2012 Maitri Puja was not allowed to cross behind the fence, allegedly “not to disturb the guru’s meditation”. The torture places had been just a few minutes walk inside the deeper jungle (West) and in the vicinity of Bomjon’s own house (Kajogpa). Only his main torture-attendants (Tomasz Henryk Tarnawski, Darshan Limbu, Shyangbo Dong etc.) and Buddhist monks were allowed to go inside this compound, especially khenpo Dawa, Budha lama, Molam lama, old lamas called “memes”. Journalists who tried to enter, had been attacked by Bomjon’s attendants.
2012: Bomjon’s own family members as his victims
When Ram Bahadur Bomjon’s family had seen the Avenue TV news (TV 24) on the Nepali Television, showing the two women after the tortures, they became very worried about the safety of the small sister of Ram Bomjon, Ranjita, staying in his compound at the time. His mother Maya Devi and siblings, Ganga, Dil Bahadur, Manomaya, Shyam and Babula had come to request Bomjon that the teenage girl could go away from such an environment. The girl decided to stay, and Bomjon let his own family members attacked by his followers, a few of them himself thrashing, and locked them up for five days in a house in the jungle, keeping them in bad conditions. The police report filed by them had been reportedly stopped due to the intervention by a Piluwa based sponsor of Maitriya Guru Dharma Sangha.
Only Nepalese printed local newspapers mentioned the main concern of Maya Devi, when she learned that Ranjita had been lured to stay with her famous son in Halkhoria, where Marici and Maata Ani had been held captive in torture: she expressed her worries that her smallest, at the time 13 years old daughter had been used in an incestuous relationship by her son, Ramlal Bomjon, the “Maitriya Guru”. Further developments and photos are rather confirming such fears.
The Himalayan Times had deleted its articles, but here is the saved copy: https://buddhaboymedia.wordpress.com/2016/04/04/buddha-boy-turns-violent-thrashes-siblings/
The article about the attack by Bomjon on his siblings and mother is still available on My Sansar . Please archive it and copy, as it is vulnerable for state censorship, as Bomjon is supported by the Government and opposition as well. ( Archive.is ). The press-cut of the printed version:
Above: Ram Bomjon’s family all volunteered to serve and guard him. This picture is made by Andrea Good between 2008 and 2011, when Bomjon’s family members had been looking after all his needs in Halkhoriya. From the left: 1, Ganga, eldest brother, 2, Manu (Manomaya), a sister older from Bomjon (deceased in 2016 allegedly as a consequence of violence by Bomjon and his followers), 3, Shyam, a slightly younger brother, 4, Dil Bahadur, elder brother (who witnessed Bomjon’s attack on Anil Khatri, see above, and took the victim to hospital in 2007). Manu and Shyam became Buddhist lamas and served Bomjon as his main trustees in 2011.
Above image: One of Bomjon;s elder sisters, Rajkumari, who used to be his assistant in the former years (that time wearing a red robe). Later she married in Piluwa and here is with her daughter. Photo: Andrea Good.
This photo from Prateek Daily shows Bomjon’s own mother Mayadevi, when she made a police report against her son, after he released her and his siblings from his jungle. Mayadevi wanted to get her smallest daughter Ranjita from Bomjon’s premises, fearing his incest with the 13 years child.
A direct witness of Bomjon thrashing his family members, Devin Beu of Canada, who wished to become Bomjon’s student at the time, could long not digest what he had seen, and shared it with another Canadian follower Marie-Soleil Dauphinas. She then, in turn, resent his email to France-based Ivan Stankovic, the then webmaster of Bomjon’s official website Dharma-sangha.com, which is now closed. Below is the excerpt from Devin Beu’s email conversation with Marie-Soleil and Ivan. (Ivan, who started to sense that he had been working for a dangerous cult, first turned Bomjon’s propaganda website to a truth-revelation site, before entirely closing it down in 2015. Its archived pages were saved by Mareechi).
… But why am I writing all this??? Because a few days ago, one of my friend who have been in Nepal for the puja have witnessed Dharma Sangha being strongly aggressive. Here’s a part of the message I’ve received:
(Devin) “I was asleep one night when some of the child monks ran to the camp and told all the foreigners to get up and have a meeting with kempo. (…) everyone was upset. … Dharma Sangha came out with a samurai sword strapped to his back, Budha and Darshan had them too and everyone else had sticks or knives and weapons. Dharma Sangha was very angry and yelled at them and made one of them get on his knees and slapped him very hard. Seeing that broke my heart and confused me. He then took the others away and i think is holding them there? I was so confused. I left very sad and confused. The role model I loved so much, I saw him slap someone and be so angry. I don’t know what to think?”
Whole article: Mr Ramlal Bomjon personal violence witnessed
More details: Repost of a scary witness account about Ram Bomjon
2012: Attack on 5 journalists
This happened 3 days before the release of Bomjon’s Slovak victim (24 Marc, 2012), on 21 March, 2012.
The Nepali TV had reported the attack of Bomjon’s followers during his Maitri Puja, who had come to film the scene when the Slovak woman’s disappearance in Bomjon’s jungle had been reported to them. On the footage it is seen how Darshan Subba Limbu, Tomasz Henryk Tarnawski (Dorje) and other people attack the group of journalists, leaving their equipment damaged. The article of The Himalayan Times (already deleted) details the incident. The Nepali Himalaya TV made a documentary about the incident: Prime Story – Shanti ki Aatanka. The Federation of Nepali Journalists and organizations dealing with human rights and freedom of speech had condemned the attack, yet recently both had deleted the text in the links.
The website Media on Ram Bahadur Bomjon publishes their names:
“Talking to Freedom Forum’s Media Monitoring Desk, Bibhu Adhikari, reporter with the News 24 television said, “Although we (I, Resham Tiwari of Nepal Television, Binod Pyakurel of Tarai Television, Basanta Khatiwada of Ghatana Ra Bichar weekly and Prakash Lamsal of Image Television) were called to make news, some of the followers and protectors including Darshan Limbu, Bolhari Rai, and a German national* beat us, seized our cameras and damaged the reels while taking photographs about Bamjan who was being made public for sermon after meditation.” The followers of Bamjan also spoke foul on them, he said, adding that they reached to the police for help. It is the latest incident as a series of attack and threats on journalists from different quarters. The incident is condemnable as it is the incident of press freedom violation. The local administration needs to mete out action on those who beat up journalists so that it would help minimize impunity and make journalists feel justice”
Some other preserved articles about the case:
The Slovak woman Marici and Mata Ani of Nepal had been released 3 days after the heroic investigation by the 5 journalists, after which Bomjon could not hide the fact he was holding two women hostage anymore. Although police knew about the victims held by Bomjon, alerted by numerous witnesses, it did NOT arrive to rescue them, contrary to the media headlines they had spread soon after. Police was supporting Bomjon and defending him, instead of his victims.
2012: The birth certificate forgery
In 2012 Bomjon had requested his Sangha to arrange a passport for him. But for this he needed to get a Nepali citizenship ID card, in Nepal issued only after providing a valid birth certificate. But as he wanted to use the name Dharma Sangha on it, the Sangha had bribed a VDC officer to issue a fake birth certificate in this name. When later they requested Bomjon’s mother to provide documents of his real birth certificate, she refused on the basis that he already had one, forged by the VDC. The VDC officer had been questioned by police, yet no charges had been raised.
Other links to the saved articles, deleted by the censura, will be soon added here.
2012: The violent clash between followers and police
As a result of the birth certificate controversy, the Sangha of “Maitriya Guru” had went out to the East-West Highway near his jungle compound, at the village Piluwa, and blocked the main transport-vein of South Nepal for three days, holding banners and shouting slogans, demanding that the Government provides their Guru with an ID card in the “Dharma Sangha” name, as well as a diplomatic (red) passport. After locals became impatient with the road block, an attack started against the crowd, ending in mutual violence, which needed a final police intervention.
Other saved copies of the articles deleted by the censura on The Himalayan Times and Ekantipur are going to be soon added here.
Image: casualties during the clash among Bomjon-followers, villagers and police during the demonstration on the East-West (Mahendra) Highway in 2012
Practically all attacked victims till March 2012 had been Bomjon’s devotees before the attacks on them. Bomjon’s reasons for attacking all his victims, as explained in the media (The Himalayan Times, Hindustani Times, etc.), are always the same:
- the victim had allegedly disturbed his meditation
- the victim is mentally disturbed*
- the victim is a spy**
- he victim is a witch***
- the victims themselves had attacked him, and he acted in self-defense.*,**,***
*Sourya Daily, The Himalayan Times (interviews with Ram Bomjon, Darshan Limbu)
**Pragyaratna Ghullu’s claims in 2011
***The Himalayan Times, Ekantipur, Hindustani Times, Bomjon’s official Facebook sites and forums
2012: Bomjon’s eviction from Halkhoriya
As a result of the controversial behavior to some individuals, Bomjon had been advised by Nepali authorities to leave his Halkhoriya Jungle compound in 2012. Later on the Nepali Police had demolished his concrete buildings, and only the three-floor “Kajogpa” had remained there. Angry locals had consequently demolished his concrete meditation platform and Stupa, which had covered his underground meditation cellar, where hunters, who became devotees, had deposited their guns in the former years. This cellar had been recently emptied.
The short news shot is showing the bulldozing attempt of Bomjon’s Kajogpa (villa) which was but finally not successful, and he was able to return there later, in 2014 and torture new victims in that house: Ram Bomjon in the news: “Arrest Warrant against Tapasbi Ram Bomjon” 2012
2013: The Sarlahi violence
After being evicted, Bomjon had settled in Nepal’s Sindhuli District in 2012. From here he had moved to to the Sarlahi District the same year. Here another violent incident made the headlines, when his follower and relative Ankit Yonjan had used a sword given by Bomjon to solve farmer disputes against 13 local youths, by attacking, them causing injuries.
Reputation clearing campaign
After the amount of controversies had filled the Nepali media with numerous articles, the Official Sangha of Ram Bomjon announced a widespread clear-up of the reputation of their Guru in Sindhuli, Nepal in 2012, by the decision of its prominent US member, Kishore Sherchand. As a result, a considerable amount of articles published in the Nepali media, as well as critical blogs and Youtube.com videos about the controversial issues about Ram Bahadur Bomjon, had been made deleted, or made unsearchable.
Image above: Kishore Sherchand, based in Nepal’s Pokhara and California, USA, Sacramento, realtor and self-claimed PR activist for Ram Bomjon, a gray eminence behind petitions to human-rights organizations to promote Bomjon’s “religious rights”, e.g. freedom to hold hostage, torture and beat people at will, without being “harassed” by the media an police.
Replacing the formerly critical Himalayan Times, a blog site had been founded by pro-bomjonists, intriguingly using a similar name and color of their header as the formerly most critical The Himalayan Times : The Himalayan Voice.
Thus the controversies concerning Maha Sambodhi Dharma Sangha had been recently re-shifted to an open media-war, using the Internet as its main platform.
2014: Abducting thrashing 5 men till pouring blood in Halkhoriya
As a recent consequence of the total impunity enjoyed by Ram Bomjon and his attendants, the violent attacks returned to Nepal’s Bara District as soon as the Government permitted him to return there in July 2014: as early as on September 2, 2014 he already beats 5 men to blood .
Prime Minister Sushil Koirala invites Ram Bomjon to Baluwatar granting him state forest Halkhoriya!
The result of the bloodshed? On October 22 he meets Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, who offers him support in staying in Halkhoria as well as traveling the world (he gets passport). He is planning to visit Canada, the USA and Europe soon, and spread his very controversial interpretation of “World-Peace” and “Compassion”.
The DC Nepal link to the video and article will be soon added here.
2015: Brutal beating of Bomjon’s sister, deadly lynching of monk Sanchalal Waiwa and disappearance of another monk
Due to the public and authorities not taking seriously my warnings about the above list of more than 72 victims of Ram Bahadur Bomjon and his followers, new victims could have been harmed by him and his attendants Tomasz Henryk Tarnawski, Darshan Subba Limbu, and his robed monks. Information had leaked out from his Sangha about an exceptionally brutal beating of a person in 2015, with consequences to this day. The bribe-network of Bomjon had looked after that the case had been kept secret.
UPDATE 2019: According to the newly appeared information, Bomjon had accused one of his elder monks Sanchalal Waiwa of witchcraft, just after his March 2015 Maitri Puja “religious gathering”, and ordered his followers to lynch him to death. According to different witnesses, the witchcraft accusation of Waiwa came after followers got ill just after the Maitri Puja, and one of Bomjon’s white horses died. They then buried Waiwa’s body near the house in Bomjon’s Sindhupalchowk Ashram, and he moved to stay in that house. Although two eye-witnesses had described the murder, the police had not questioned Bomjon, neither his accomplices, due to Government protection. The buried body parts, allegedly cremated, had later disappeared from the earth, even if police dogs had sniffed out the place and police had recovered unusual objects there. The Government had blocked them to continue investigation, Nepali media informed in April 2019. More on this case and the case of 6 disappeared monks and nuns can be found on Setopati , The Kathmandu Post and My Republica also have articles about the case.
2015 was also the year of two big earthquakes in Nepal, one on April 25 and the other on May 2, 2015, and it is also the year when Bomjon’s son had been born (allegedly in Autumn 2015).
In 2015 also Jas Bahadur Waiba lured back the now disappeared Suresh Ale Magar (Molam lama) from his home near Piluwa village, telling him he has much work yet. The monk wished to leave the cult that time. Interestingly Waiba, Bomjon’s right hand, had called Magar to return to Halkhoriya, while this jungle was that time already under the Parsa Wildlife Reserve and allegedly patrolled by hundreds of police.
Bomjon still seems to have a “silent agreement” from the Government to be allowed to settle and continue his criminal attacks in Halkhoriya (which is now part of Parsa National Park).
See also: Dharma Sangha’s virtual world tour
2016: Two mysterious deaths
Manu Tamang, Bomjon’s sister dies of brain edema she acquired by Bomjon’s thrashing in 2015
Dr. Moore and Manu Tamang, Bomjon’s sister both die at suspicious conditions in 2016. Shockingly, Bomjon’s followers consider the tortures and even deaths of human beings at the hands and at the order of their guru a great achievement, which they are celebrating and boasting about, as these cruelties are thought by them as proofs of the powers and divinity of their “Maitriya” (excerpt from Setopati):
‘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.”
The follower says ‘Guru’ teaches physical exercise akin to martial arts to his close disciples. “Guru and the disciples leap very high. We watch dumbfounded,” he adds.
Image: snapshot of Anand Nepal’s video
New information coming out from the Nepalese digital media Setopati and the videos of “Anand Nepal” (probably a nickname) had confirmed the information about the direct influence of Ram Bomjon and his assistants on the death (prolonged dying) of Manu.
See also: WHY DID MANU HAVE TO DIE? https://halkoriatimes.wordpress.com/2017/05/24/why-did-manu-have-to-die/
Manu Ani (front right, nun in red robe with white shawl) was under the protege of Andrea Good (blond, behind Manu), an US-Japanese follower of Bomjon. She invited Manu to Japan in 2011 together with another follower of Bomjon, Pragya Ratna Ghullu (front left). When Manu but fell out of Bomjon’s favors, Andrea stopped to support her as well. She bravely tried to confront her “Buddhaboy” brother over his well-documented criminal acts. She had been “punished” by him and his assistants together with 5 members of the family, first time in April 2012: they locked them up for a few days and tortured. Desperate from the immoral behavior of her brother, she left to work in Malaysia after 2012. When she returned, she is told to have returned to Bomjon to question his deeds and this might have been her fatal mistake…More on Manu’s case:
The archive of the same page, in case they would delete it: http://archive.is/Iq4NN
Copy of khenpo Sonam Gyurme’s Facebook announcement:
2016: A retired US psychologist, Dr. Moore’s death after visiting Bomjon
Image: Dr. Moore (monk with blue shawl) whom the BSDS USA Sangha (Bomjon’s organization) ordained a monk in Kim Nguyen’s home-based monastery in California. Kim is second from the right in first row. it was here where his devotion to Bomjon grew to an extent that he apparently decided to go to Nepal and fall in front if his feet in May 2016, without telling anything to his family members. He died, allegedly, of heart attack in the Family Homestay of Ngima Dawa Tamang (left from Moore, with white shawl) of Kathmandu’s Kapan, who was allegedly looking after Moore before his death. Interestingly it was also Ngima Dawa Tamang who was looking after Manu, Bomjon’s sister, during her critical condition, before she was transferred to the monastery of khenpo Sonam Gyurme (another follower) where she died. More on Dr. Moore here
Ram Bomjon’s further many criminal deeds between 2016 and 2019, sexual harm (suspicious wave of abortions, rapes of minor nuns), violence, witch-accusations and consequent lynchings of the accused, an eye-witnessed murder of Sanchalal Waiwa and the disappearance of 5 other nuns and monks and his illegal behavior will be added to this list. In the meantime, please, read the news on Nepalese and world media by adding the keywords “bomjon” “police” “rape” “murder” “disapeared nuns” “sanchalal waiwa” in Google search, in different combinations.
2017: The violent dharma set out to conquer the world – Bomjon announces he is the highest god and is higher than Buddha, demands bowing to ground
Ram Bomjon’s his official website “Maitriya Guru” had announced that after April 2017 he would leave for his world tour and spread similar deeds as we see in the above list, all over the civilized world. His world tour had to be started after the end of his World Peace Mahadarshan Maitri Puja, planned to be held in Bungamati, near Kathmandu between 21 March – 7 April, 2017 (some places show 2nd of April, 2017).
Setopati had interviewed Mani Lama, Bomjon’s spokesperson at the event. Former health minister and Bomjon’s spokesperson Mani Lama had boasted about Bomjon causing the death of his sister Manu and causing another victim nervous breakdown. After it became obvious that Bomjon and his followers in Nepal enjoy total impunity and even can use killing and torturing of victims as a way to propagate Bomjon’s “power” and “authority”, the article had to be deleted by the Government Censura. It can be found in archived versions: The State must watch Bomjon closely .
Even after more than 72 victims behind him, national and international authorities do not consider Ram Bahadur Bomjon a dangerous guru and grant him and his violent attendants total impunity and freedom of movement.
2018: Bomjon invited by the new Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba to PM’s residence granting him right to return to Halkhoriya and support to establish many ashrams!
Ram Bomjon, neither his accomplices Jas Bahadur Waiba, Tomasz Henryk Tarnawski and many others, had been questioned by the Nepali police. Instead, the next Prime Minister in 2017-2018, Sher Bahadur Deuba, had followed the example of his predecessor Sushil Koirala, and had also invited Bomjon to the PM’s residence in Baluwatar in 2016, promising him to hand over the Halkhoriya Jungle and a wide support for his “dharma”:
This article is being gradually updated. Bomjon’s recent 2018 and 2019 crime cases will appear here soon.
DETAILED INFORMATION ABOUT WHO IS RAM BOMJON:
The first balanced, corrected and well-sourced Biography of Ram Bahadur Bomjon, which is finally not a hagiography with inaccurate and manipulated data (especially concerning alleged “miracles”), like the Wikipedia entry on him. The text is still unfinished concerning the list of Bomjon’s Controversies, though, as Bomjon, free do do anything to anyone in Nepal, continues and continues…
Media on Ram Bahadur Bomjon’s Controversies – a comprehensive, detailed (long) article with a list of practically all the available media on him , with an introductory explanation how the media coverage about Bomjon evolved and gradually disappeared in Nepal over the years, due to the growing censorship from 2012 till today.
http://www.maitriyaguru.blogspot.com (a version of the above article)
EXPLANATION ABOUT THE REFERENCE LINK PROBLEM:
The followers of Ramlal Bomjon had been working hard to bribe-and-threaten the Nepali media over the years, and as a consequence the links to The Himalayan Times, My Republica and Ekantipur articles, later also Nepal News ones, which I was using in this text, had gradually stopped to work all from 2012 on (you can view them in the Emptied links section below the article), and by now none of their dozens of critical articles are available. Also, journalists who authored those articles, are missing in the current staff of the mainstream media in Nepal.
Finally, the whole online versions of the two most mainstream Nepali media (The Himalayan Times and Ekantipur) had been deleted in June 2015 and August 2015 respectively, and new ones had replaced them! The new versions do not enable access to the Archive (as the old versions did), neither do they show the many controversial articles on Bomjon that they were publishing between 2007 and 2012! Yet, they did not delete the propagandist articles on the ‘Buddha Boy’ from as early as 2006..
Thus the censorship of the mainstream Nepalese media on the Bomjon topic is more than evident, the selective influencing of what is allowed and what is not allowed to publish, is without question.
To tackle these efforts of the Dark Buddha I had saved their articles long ago, and gradually collecting them for public reference in two websites:
I am requesting the reader to save these articles privately as well, as a time might come that even these would be hard to find on the Internet anymore.Good ways to save is by right-click on the webpage, then choosing “Save as”.
A lot of these mainstream Nepalese media articles on Bomjon are available on Archive.is and Archive.org, yet it is difficult to search there.
In general, the Bomjon controversies are still published in some expat online media websites (USA, Canada), personal blogs and local (district or town level) Nepalese language printed media (with a few local Nepalese language online media), thus I am using a few of them here.
More on the situation of journalists in Nepal concerning Ram Bomjon see here.
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