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15 Year Old Buddha Missing

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    Jungle search for teenage Buddha Saturday, March 11, 2006; Posted: 11:31 p.m. EST KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Hundreds of people scoured a jungle in southern
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 14, 2006
      Jungle search for teenage 'Buddha'
      Saturday, March 11, 2006; Posted: 11:31 p.m. EST
      KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Hundreds of people scoured
      a jungle in southern Nepal on Sunday for a missing
      teenager who many believe is the reincarnation of Buddha.
      Ram Bahadur Banjan, 15, disappeared Saturday from a
      forest where he had meditated for the last 10 months,
      during which his associates said he consumed no food
      or water.
      Local official Santaraj Subedi said police, followers
      and family members were looking for the boy in the
      jungles of Bara, about 160 kilometers (100 miles)
      south of the capital, Kathmandu. Police official
      Gautam Raj Kattel said some people said they saw Banjan
      walking southwards before dawn on Saturday. His
      clothes were found near where he had been meditating.

      Banjan had been sitting cross-legged and motionless
      with his eyes closed in a niche among the roots of
      a tree in the jungle since May 17, 2005. Thousands
      of followers flocked to see him every day. The area
      is known to have substantial numbers of communist rebels
      who have been fighting government troops for a decade.
      But Kattel said he doubted the boy was abducted by
      the rebels or by local criminals, adding he believed
      Banjan just wandered off.

      Many followers believe Banjan is a reincarnation of
      Gautama Siddhartha, who was born not far away in
      southwestern Nepal around 500 B.C. and later became
      revered as the Buddha.

      Visitors have only been allowed to view Banjan between
      dawn and dusk from a roped-off area about 25 meters
      (80 feet) away. His handlers kept him from public
      view at night, when they would place a screen in front
      of him. Buddhist priests who visited him said the boy
      was not the incarnation of Buddha, but believed he
      had been meditating for months. Buddhism teaches that
      right thinking and self-control can enable people
      to achieve nirvana -- a divine state of peace and
      release from desire. Buddhism has about 325 million
      followers, mostly in Asia.

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