Aama Bombo (Buddhi Maya Lama) of the Tamang peoples was born in July, 1938, at Melung, East number 2, Janakpur Zone, Nepal, to the renown shaman, the late Phatte Tamang. While she was a child her mother left the family and she was brought up by her father and step-mother. Her childhood was difficult. She spent her childhood life doing household chores, grazing livestock, cutting grass for the goat, cultivating rice, millets, corn in the field and helped at harvest time, picking up the grains in the field. At times, she had to go to the Indian Border on foot from her native village. She carried a heavy basket on her back full of potatoes to barter for salt. The distance was more than 200 miles there and back.At age 22, she decided to leave home and went to Katmandu to seek employment as a domestic helper for a wealthy family. She did this trip by foot, walking several days with other villagers. When she reached Kathmandu, she was luckily hired by a Rana family, who were members of the ruling family of Nepal prior 1960. While she was working here, she met her husband, who was an army soldier providing guard duty. They fell in love and got married. They set up their home in the barracks.
One day while she was chatting with several ladies on the terrace of her family quarters, she began shaking all of sudden with intense sensations running through her body. She could not control the shaking or the sensations. Those present were shocked and ran away to report and seek help from those that were in charge of the family residential quarters. Some ran to tell her husband. Immediately, her husband came and when he saw her shaking, he thought her suffering was caused by an evil spirit. He asked some one to bring a shaman to cure her. But the shaman could not cure her. Her husband then reported to his superior commander seeking medical help. She was taken to the hospital the next day. But no one could figure out what was happening; much less, find a cure or treatment. Neither the shamans or the medical professionals seemed to know how to help. The shaking continued for fourteen months.
One day her husband consulted with two Buddhist Priests known as Kusum Lama Tamang, and his brother in law, Nurbo Lama Lama. Both were highly regarded priests in the Tamang Communities of Nepal, as well as her native village, Melung. When they came to the family quarters where she and her husband were living, they found her shaking. After they observed her condition and situation, they decided to perform a ritual following their Buddhist way of Tantric healing. They spread a sacred cloth on the table on which Buddhist deities were painted along with inscribed sacred healing mantras. They asked her to lay down on that cloth and covered her with another cloth. A healing followed in accordance with the instruction given by the Lamas. They performed the ritual according to the books of their Buddhist text. They said that if she was suffering from evil spirits or devil spirits, she would fight, and it could seem very weird and her behaviors could seem vicious. If she was being affected by shaman spirits, she would sleep peacefully. She went into a deep sleep for five hours. When she awoke, she found the Lamas and her friends by her side.
From this time on she was recognized as a Shaman. She stayed for seven days and seven nights at a cemetery by herself to get the blessings of Kali, Goddess of Power and Healing. She was then invited by the Royal Palace, who were asking for her help in healing those that were suffering from an invisible dark energy, which is known in Nepal as Bhoot Pret, Bayu, Chhonda. (Ghosts, demons or eagle spirits) From this work her reputation grew and widely spread all over Nepal. Renowned Professor Dr. Larry Peters and his students began approaching her for her shamanic teachings. People from Europe and America began to visit her, seeking her healing and knowledge. She is revered and respected throughout Nepal and all over the world. She starts her healing works at 6 am everyday serving some times more than 80 to 90 patients a day. She does not ask for any money or offering. Whatever they put on the alter, she accepts. Her humility, love and devotion are exemplary.
In 2004, she became one of the prominent members of The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers. She has been traveling all over the world to participate in gatherings and prayer vigils in different parts of the world. Her travels have taken her to the USA, Germany, Spain, Italy, Africa, Indonesia and India. She hosted a Grandmothers’ Council gathering in her native Nepal, bringing the grandmothers and their traveling companions, helpers, translators, doctors and other volunteers. Many high officials from Kathmandu spoke to this crowd that had gathered from all over the world to pray for world peace. She is loved by the multitudes and shows us all how to walk in reverence for all life.