Are you curious about why meditation is taking over the world, and why it is being included in schools? It’s an ancient method of self-awareness, calming and focusing the mind, and freeing you from the human anxieties over mortality.
Meditation had been used before but it was Siddhartha Gautama, a.k.a. The Buddha, who reached enlightenment through mindful meditation. The Buddha advised to follow your own path realized through meditation, and not to follow others. His story is fascinating, his influence reaches far and wide, and his teachings are as current as ever in our world of social ills.
Along with the Bangladesh Buddhist Monastery in Bodhgaya, India, the site of the Buddha’s enlightenment, we are offering a Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour through northern India and Nepal. Find out the history of Buddhism and why meditation practices are significantly important for the human mind.
Why join our tour? Because the Buddhist Bangladesh Monastery in Bodhgaya will provide a personalized tour by a Buddhist monk without large tour buses of 30 people or more. The tours are small with a maximum of 3 people.
Here is a list of all the sites you will visit, including a short description on what makes the particular site significant in Buddhism.
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The tour will begin here, the site of The Buddha’s enlightenment under a Bodhi Tree.
Here you will visit the archaeological ruins of Sujata’s home by the Phalgu River. A poor village girl, Sujata offered milk-rice to the Buddha so he could be strong enough to continue with his arduous meditation.
It is believed that the Buddha meditated in the Dungeshwari Cave Temples here before travelling onto Bodhgaya.
In Rajgir you will visit the Sattapanni Guha where the first Buddhist Council was held; Venuvana Vihara, the park visited by the Buddha; Vulture Peak where the Buddha delivered his famous Lotus Sutra; the World Peace Pagoda; and the Xuanzang memorial, the monk and scholar who brought Buddhism not only to China, but whose well-kept records are used by historians today.
The Nalanda University is the second university in the world after Taxila, from the Indian subcontinent. This is a significant site of mathematics where the number ‘0′ was founded, and where famous Buddhist monks studied.
In Vaishali, the Buddha announced his final passing from the world. Here, the Bikshuni Sangha was formed, and where the Second Buddhist Council was held. You will visit monasteries, the Buddha Relic Stupa, another World Peace Pagoda, and see the Mahavihara Ruins.
Kesaria is the site of the first ever bell-shaped stupa, and where the Buddha delivered his famous Kalama Sutra which emphasizes freedom of thinking.
During the Buddhist dynasties, Kushinagar was the site of many mahaviharas and stupas, as well as the site of the Buddha’s death. Here you will visit its ruins, including the monasteries and temples built by Buddhist countries around the world.
Lumbini is a significant site because the Buddha was born here. You will visit the Mayadevi Temple, the site of the birth; the museum; and take a ride down the Water-of-Life Canal to visit a World Peace Pagoda.
Kapilavastu is the ancient city of the Buddha’s childhood home where you will visit its historic ruins.
An ancient kingdom, Shravasti is where the Buddha spent a lot of his monastic life.
Sarnath is the site of the first turning of the Wheel of Law pronouncement by the Buddha after he reached enlightenment. It was here where he gave his first sermon.
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Read our Feature Stories on the Buddhist Pilgrimage by devotee Dr. Dilip K. Barua
Come along with us as we show you where the Buddhist pilgrimage begins.
The journey continues through Rajgir, Nalanda, and Sarnath
On our journey we encounter Vaishali, Kesaria, and Kushinagar.
On the final leg of our journey we visit the Buddha’s birth place, Lumbini, Nepal.