An update on the strange story:
Missing Buddha boy reappears in southern Nepal
Published Tuesday, December 26, 2006http://www.twoharborsmn.com/asap/index.cfm?page=asap_view&id=D8M8Q0Q80
The missing Buddha boy is back.
The teenage boy who many believe is the reincarnation of Buddha has reappeared in the jungles of southern Nepal months after he went missing, an official said Tuesday.
ABOUT THE BOY
Ram Bahadur Banjan, 15, was last seen March 11 in a forest where he had meditated allegedly without food and water for 10 months. Thousands of Hindus and Buddhists flocked to see him every day.
Banjan disappeared from his meditating spot among the roots of a tree in Bara, about 100 miles south of the capital Katmandu, where he had sat cross-legged and motionless with his eyes closed.
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.
Buddhist priests who visited the boy, however, said he was not the incarnation of Buddha. The priests did believe the boy 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.
SPOTTED BY HERDERS
The boy was spotted by cattle herders in the jungle Sunday and a team of police and officials was sent Monday to investigate, said Harihar Dahal, an administrative official in the area.
Speaking to those gathered around him, Banjan said he had been at the same spot for three days.
"Apparently there were some people who spotted me. I was deep in meditation and did not even know that there were people around," he said.