Saturday, November 22, 2008

Not a Fan of the "Buddha Boy"

There's some punk hooligan in Nepal that claims to be- or maybe it's other people who claim this on his behalf- "the reincarnation of the Buddha."

(This is the same snot-nosed little jerk who foollowers (typo, but I'm keeping it) claim once meditated for ten months without food or water, but couldn't be examined by scientists to verify the claims because "his followers said it would disturb his meditation."

Anyway, back to today's story. This kid's big accomplishment is:

Believers say he spent months without moving, sitting with his eyes closed beneath a tree.


Why would anyone consider that a great thing? Who would brag about this? You're a lazy little twerp. At least play a video game or something.

I was a little irritated by this article until I got to the part that mentioned there were some who were skeptical:

But several Buddhist scholars have been skeptical of the claims that Bamjan is a reincarnation of Siddhartha Gautama, who was born in southwestern Nepal roughly 2,500 years ago and became revered as the Buddha, or Enlightened One.


Hooray for skepticism! Let's not take this cockamamie story at face value! But then there's the very next paragraph, explaining why they're skeptical:

Rakesh, a Buddhist scholar, told the Associated Press last week that being Buddha means the last birth and the highest level that can be achieved and there can be no reincarnation of Buddha, even though Buddhists believe in life after death.


He simply can't be a reincarnation of the Buddha, because the Buddha can't be reincarnated! But everyone else can.

Does this mean that if I'm not reincarnated, that I'm the Buddha? I think it does. That makes me the real "Buddha Boy." I expect to see a check soon.

(Aside: Why not send this scamp to China to help calm the terrifying attack Pandas they've got plaguing their zoo visitors? Surely a kid who can meditate for months without food should be able to soothe any savage beast.)

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