Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Today's favourite odd news: Buddha reincarnated?

A lot of people seem to think so (no, I'm not one of them), and they think that 15 year old Ram Bahadur Banjan is the man. Ram has been meditating in the Nepalese jungle for six months, and his followers claim he hasn't eaten or drunk in that time period. Presumably bathroom breaks haven't been required either, though his "followers" place a screen between him and onlookers at night (yeah yeah, getting cynical are we?).

His fame has certainly spread though, and the site where he meditates now receives about 10,000 visitors a day. Forget blogging, meditation is the way to go, and you don't actually have to do anything!

The good news is that, as this AP report points out "a makeshift parking lot and cluster of food stalls have sprung up near Banjan's retreat, an area not previously frequented by visitors", so the local economy is benefitting.

That's Buddha for you: motor of capitalism.

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