|The Buddha-to-come (Ragg Burns Imaging/flickr.com)|
The Gold Ring and Losing My Religion
|Nun Tsultrim Lhamo, Tibet (Xinhua)|
In one of the best episodes of Snap Judgment (heard in Los Angeles on SCPR.org/KPCC.org) yet, this wonderful show covered a self-styled Indian guru who represents himself as the new Buddha (presumably Maitreya). He is a charismatic figure called Papa-jii. An American investigates and reports back to National Public Radio.
In "The Gold Ring" Jeff Greenwald visits the Ajanta Caves of India, where he sees the Rebirth Stories (Jataka Tales) as ancient murals. He remembers a past life along the river Anoma, where Siddhartha set off to find enlightenment and liberation from all suffering. He finds the Buddha, now reborn as Papa-jii, in Lucknow, India. It is not possible, so who is this Guru Papa-jii? It is a must listen, because if it is true, time and space and "reality" are far different than we can imagine: LISTEN NOW