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India: Bodhgaya

Exploring the temples and monasteries surrounding the Bodhi tree, where Siddartha Gautama became Buddha

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Bodhgaya is a lovely and compact city dedicated almost entirely to Buddhism.
It is here where the large Bodhi tree under which the Hindu Prince Siddhartha Gautama sat meditating for (arguably) a period of 6 weeks to attain elightenment and become Buddha (Indian sanskrit for "enlightened one").
The Bodhi tree is still here, along the gorgeous Mahabodhi temple, and park complex to commemorate the great teacher and liberator of Asia.
Each Buddhist nation is represented here by amazingly ornate and active monasteries - Thailand, Burma, Tibet, Japan, China.

I spent 4 days here exploring the monasteries, temples and Mahabodhi complex along with travel buddies from Germany and France.

The only detracting factor was the weather - 47 degrees! Pretty damn hot, and difficult to acclimatise.
However it was worth it. It's a gorgeous and spiritual place with a very nice energy....

I did Vipassana there.... will publish a detailed entry on it soon!


Bodhgaya is a place best described through photos....
I took heaps! Please enjoy them


Posted by SkinnyFists 02:52 Archived in India Tagged buddha bodhi_tree bodhgaya meditation_india

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