If the Buddha were to reincarnate into the world that we live in today, what would he do? Would he take to the jungle and meditate for years without eating or drinking? Or would he be surfing the internet and have profiles on MySpace and Facebook?
Of course this first question makes the wild assumption that the Buddha would reincarnate at all. The Buddha is supposed to be beyond the cycle of death and rebirth. However, according to some, the “Buddha Boy” is the reincarnation of the original Buddha, a god in human form. His followers say that he can meditate for months at a time without eating or drinking. In 2007, The Discover Channel did a documentary about him, and seemed convinced by the end that he could in fact go without food or water for at least a few days and still remain healthy in appearance.
Buddha Boy, whose real name is Ram Bahadur Bomjon, also known as Palden Dorje, has his own website, a community website, MySpace page, and can be found on Facebook. He does not claim to be a reincarnation of the Buddha, and has been quoted as saying, “in this undisciplined world, my life’s practice is reduced to mere entertainment.”
But all of this makes me wonder, what would the real Buddha do? How can we live “the middle way” in this world – how can we be in it but not of it? And as I was wondering this, and thinking of what to write, my computer went all crazy on me and I was forced to sign off. Maybe that is my answer right there.