“Contrary to his teachings about non-violence, world-peace and compassion, his own actions are often reported by victims and the media as violent and morally inconsistent.”
Image: “How I was slapping them…” (Photo: already deleted Nepali online media)
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THE RAM BAHADUR BOMJON CONTROVERSY
Ram Bahadur Bomjon (previously known as Palden Dorje, currently known as Maitriya Guru Maha Sambodhi Dharma Sangha) is widely respected in Nepal and abroad as the Buddha Boy. He has a strong group of followers in Nepal and abroad, from many areas, including political personalities and influential businessmen. In 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 prolonged 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 the perpetrators are enjoying impunity. This situation had been described on The Himalayan Times, asking “Is Buddhaboy above the law?”.
Due to a proactive “reputation-clearing-campaign” (see below in the article) announced by a prominent devotee of Maha Sambodhi, 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”.
Dharma-Sangha.com – former official website
A still good source of “classified information” about Ram Bomjon and his followers’ unethical and unlawful behavior is his former official website, which turned to reveal the dark truths behind the curtain of holiness: www.dharma-sangha.com .
The Irregular Times – closed down
One of the last available sources of the history of all controversies about Maha Sambodhi Dharma Sangha, with a relatively open discussion forum WAS The Irregular Times: Ram Bomjon gone wild, The reign of terror continues , Ram Bomjon shows how religious myths are made, Ram Bomjon kicks butt, bloodies critics, Ram Bomjon the Bloody Buddha Boy returns and others (see Reference links below article). Cases “dumped” by the Nepali media and police are still openly discussed here. It is a question of time how long will they stay online.
Update: as of October 7, 2016, The Irregular Times was closed down! See more on this here: The Irregular Times, critic of Ram Bomjon, was deleted from the Internet!
The first victim – Anil Khatri
A clear sign about this activity is a copied post by Niranjan Kunwar, 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.
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. 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 (skin disease), 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):
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 only in the area of the Halkhoriya jungle. An article on the same topic published by The Himalayan Times, had been made unsearchable, while Sanjib Subedi had retained it here. Ekantipur had deleted its article about the topic titled “Buddha Boy sees red”. The Himalayan Times had deleted all of its numerous articles on this topic.
The Western foreigner
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 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 (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 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.
As a comparison, the below images show Bomjon’s Slovak victim before the kidnapping and tortures: 1 in Autumn 2011, about 4 months before the torture by Bomjon, living in Piluwa, 6 km from Halkhoria (courtesy of Ilona Lapkovskaya)
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 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 W. 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!.
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/
Images: 1, Ganga Jeet, Bomjon’s eldest brother, 2, Mayadevi, mother, 3, Shyam, smaller brother and 4, Manu (Manamaya), sister and 5, Rajkumari elder sister with her daughter.
Attack on journalists
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 Tarnowski (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. Other sources still preserve it:
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.
The 2012 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
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 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.
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.
The alarming consequences in 2014
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 he already beats 5 men to blood .
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.
The alarming consequences in 2015
Due to the public and authorities not taking seriously my warnings about the above list of more than 40 victims of Ram Bahadur Bomjon and his followers, new victims could have been harmed by him and his attendants Tomasz Henryk Tarnowski, 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.
See also: Dharma Sangha’s virtual world tour
The violent dharma set out to conquer the world in 2016
Above image: this photo had been circulated among the followers of Maitriya (Ram Bomjon) and was originally posted on Facebook by Kishore Sherchand, Bomjon’s self-styled PR activist, who is arranging his way to arrive to the USA. On this photoshop fake from the Ram Bomjon cult’s Facebook sites, Mrs. Hillary Clinton US presidential candidate had been shown receiving a gift of a picture of Nepal’s Buddha Boy from some politicians. Apparently the fake photo was a fruit of Bomjon’s followers’ wishful thinking.
The fact that this was a fake creation, most probably by Kishore Sherchand himself, had been proved by a commentator, Tom, below this article. The original can be seen here (courtesy of Tom).
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).
Even after more than 40 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.
Two mysterious deaths in 2016
http://www.maitriyaguru.blogspot.com (a new version of the above article)
http://www.dharma-sangha.com/ (Ram Bomjon’s Official website till 31 January, 2015, now partly translated into Nepalese)
http://www.maitriyaguru.estranky.cz (collection of controversial videos)
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 to conceal the dark past of Nepal’s “new 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.
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.
“Emptied” media links about Bomjon’s controversies:
Unfortunately there are more Emptied Links to be added, because even the last brave website The Irregular Times had closed down…