Tag Archives: Gautama Buddha

Swayambhunath – The Monkey Temple, Kathmandu

“Swa – yam- bhoo- nath” or the Self Created one is a famous stupa in Kathmandu. This stupa also known as the Monkey Temple is believed to have been built atop a self existent flame which also relates to the … Continue reading

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Lord Buddha performed miracles in Sravasti, India

Lord Buddha spent 25 rainy seasons in Sravasti. The rainy season is known as Vassavasa in Buddhist referring to the monsoon months when the entire Buddhist Sangha congregated in one place since the monks could not travel during that time … Continue reading

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A “Royal Retreat” in Kapilvastu, India

Royal Retreat, Kapilvastu is an amazingly beautiful hotel located about 20 mins away from the main town of Kapilvastu. This 19th century, summer retreat tucked away in idyllic settings is a perfect place to rest and reflect during the journey … Continue reading

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Lord Buddha’s Seat of Last Sermon-Vaishali, India

After a few days in Bodhgaya we were headed to Vaishali.  Named after the ancient king Vishala, Vaishali occupies a significant place in the evolution of Buddhism. The journey through the rural heartland of Bihar was a mix of dusty … Continue reading

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Footsteps of Little Buddha in Kapilvastu, India

Kapilvastu in India is across the border from Lumbini in Nepal. Lord Buddha born as Siddhartha Gautama was born to Shuddhodhana the chief of Shakya clan who ruled in that area.  The young prince spent his early years in Kapilvastu … Continue reading

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Turning the wheel of Law in Sarnath, India

Lord Buddha turned the Wheel of Law in Sarnath when he delivered his first sermon Dhammachakkapavattana Sutta to his first 5 disciples on the 4 Noble Truths (suffering, cause of suffering, end of suffering and the the path to the … Continue reading

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Seeking Lord Buddha in Bodhgaya

On the eve of Lord Buddha’s Birth Anniversary, I remember my trip to Bodhgaya where he was enlightened. He was born in Lumbini on a full moon day in the month of April-May and years later enlightened in Bodhgaya on the … Continue reading

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Lord Buddha lies in Eternal Sleep in Kushinagar

“Sleep” brings to my mind the reclined statue of  Lord Buddha in Kushinagar, India where he is believed to have attained Nirvana and left his physical body. Kushinagar is an important stop in a Buddhist Pilgrimage.  A hearty thanks to … Continue reading

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Festival of Lights in Jetavana

I was in Jetavana, Sravasti on a cool February evening. Jetavana is the second monastery donated to Lord Buddha. Currently, the ruins of the erstwile monastery is preserved in a huge garden in Sravasti, a district town located about 150kms … Continue reading

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One Afternoon in Buddha’s birthplace-Lumbini, Nepal

Lord Buddha was born in Lumbini Grove on a full moon day in the month of April-May in 563 BC as Prince Siddhartha to Queen Maya Devi and King Suddhodana of the Shakya Clan. Lumbini is now a UNESCO World … Continue reading

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