Must-Visit Bodhgaya: The Navel of the World

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(By Tsem Rinpoche and Pastor David)

Introduction

Since the time of the Buddha, the Dharma that he taught has spread to many countries beyond India. This has resulted in Buddhism adapting and becoming entrenched in many parts of Asia. Each country that Buddhism has spread to have developed their own unique flavour while retaining the core essence of the Buddha’s intent.

Bodhisattva Maitreya

Bodhisattva Maitreya

Despite superficial differences, all Buddhists look to their teacher and founder, the perfect Buddha Shakyamuni as the source of blessing, teaching and inspiration. Hence, Buddhists from around the world travel to Bodhgaya, the sacred ground where the Buddha gained enlightenment, for pilgrimage. This sacred place is not just the spot at which the Buddha achieved enlightenment but it is also the spot at which future Buddhas will manifest enlightenment. It is the site where, in the future, the bodhisattva Maitreya will achieve full enlightenment, becoming a Buddha. It is for this reason that Buddhists consider Bodhgaya to be ‘the navel of the world’.

Buddhists travel to Bodhgaya to retrace the footsteps that the Buddha took in order to achieve full enlightenment under the Bodhi tree. Every step and action that the Buddha took in order to achieve his goal has imbued the place with tremendous spiritual power. Even before his enlightenment, Prince Siddharta Gautama was already a high-level bodhisattva and that meant every action he took had tremendous blessing.

Therefore, Buddhists travel to Bodhgaya in order to tap into the Buddha’s blessings to purify negative karma and to plant the seeds of enlightenment into our mind streams. These are rare karmic seeds that will ripen in the future when the conditions are right and will allow us to continue on our spiritual path towards enlightenment. On top of that, the seeds planted in our mind streams at Bodhgaya are special because they create a special bond with the future Buddha Maitreya. They create a connection with Maitreya that we are reborn near or amongst his closest disciples, and thereby gain special teachings and blessings from Maitreya directly.

 

Location and Weather

This map show Bodhgaya is situated in the northeastern state of Bihar.

This map show Bodhgaya is situated in the northeastern state of Bihar.

Although Prince Siddhartha Gautama was born in Lumbini, he wandered far from his homeland of Kapilavastu after leaving the palace and renouncing his rich princely life in order to search for the truth as a mendicant. The mendicant Siddhartha had learnt much from the four leading meditation masters of his time and practiced the most severe of ascetic practices. Yet, he was no closer to finding the truth.

One day, Siddhartha came to the realisation that he should pursue the ‘Middle Path’ and after regaining his health, he sought a new spot for his meditations. His wandering brought him to what is known today as Bodhgaya. Bodhgaya today is a small bustling village about ten kilometres south of the city of Gaya in the Indian state of Bihar. It is situated west of the Niranjana River, which is a tributary of the larger Ganges River.

The state of Bihar lies in the north-eastern part of the Indian subcontinent and borders with Nepal. Due to its location, the weather is subtropical with hot sunny skies during the summer months between April to mid-June; cool weather through the winter months of December to January; and the famous Indian monsoon season between June to September.

 

Tracing Siddhartha’s Footsteps

An ancient carving of Prince Siddhartha.

An ancient carving of Prince Siddhartha.

Prince Siddhartha was born in Lumbini just outside of the ancient kingdom of Kapilavastu amidst auspicious signs and a prophecy by a sage called Asita that he would either become a great king or upon encountering human suffering, would become a universal teacher. Even with the king’s great effort to shield his son, Prince Siddhartha still came face-to-face with human suffering one day while on an excursion out of the palace walls. He beheld what would become known as the Four Sights – an old man, a diseased man, a funerary procession carrying a corpse followed by mourners, and a saintly and peaceful mendicant.

The young prince was greatly disturbed by what he saw and he realised that everyone would have to experience the same suffering. He finally resolved to seek an answer to suffering itself and in order to do that, he had to leave the palace and with it, he left behind his family, luxuries and a promising future as a prince and heir to the throne. Upon leaving the palace walls, he cut his hair, wore the robes of a mendicant and left in search for the truth. He met with four leading teachers of his time, who taught him meditation and he quickly surpassed them but he was no closer to the truth.

While engaging in severe ascetic practices for six years in Uruvela (modern day Bodhgaya), Siddhartha realised that he had to pursue a different path between the two extremes of self-indulgence and self-mortification, which later became known as the ‘Middle Way’. So, he accepted an offering of milk and rice from a cowherd by the name of Sujata and slowly regained his strength. The five mendicants who were his companions thought that he had abandoned his practice and left him. He then began to look for a conducive place for practice and found his way to Uruvela and chose a spot under a Pipal tree (known today as the Bodhi tree) and sat down to meditate. He vowed never to arise until he had attained his final goal at that very spot.

It is believed that Siddhartha meditated for 49 days under that tree. The night before his enlightenment was divided into three stages called the three watches of the night. During the first watch of the night he gained a complete vision of all his past lives. During the second watch of the night he perceived how all beings die and are reborn according to their karma and plane of existence. During the third watch he realised the complete cessation of craving and suffering. Therefore, his mind was completely liberated and he had thus attained full enlightenment.

Old Mongolian thangka that depicts the Buddha being attacked by the forces of Mara.

Old Mongolian thangka that depicts the Buddha being attacked by the forces of Mara.

It was just before achieving enlightenment that Mara, believed to be the embodiment of mankind’s ego arose, and sent his daughters of unearthly beauty to distract the Buddha but they failed. The second time, Mara sent his army of demons to attack the Buddha but Mara failed again. The third time, Mara claimed that the seat of enlightenment rightfully belonged to him and not to the mortal Siddhartha. Mara challenged Siddhartha, “who will speak for you?” It was then that Siddhartha reached out his right hand to touch the earth, and the earth itself spoke: “I will bear witness!” Mara was utterly defeated and he disappeared. Thus, Prince Siddhartha had achieved complete and perfect enlightenment. He was henceforth known as the Buddha, the Awakened One.

 

Local Language and Cuisine

 

Language

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Hindi, Maithili, and Urdu are the official languages of the state of Bihar. On the other hand, the majority of the people speak one of several Bihari languages, like Bhojpuri or Magadhi. Interestingly, Bihari languages were once mistakenly thought to be dialects of Hindi. However, more recently, linguists have examined and found these languages to be descendants of the ancient Magadha kingdom (Magadhi Prakrit), along with Bengali, Assamese, and Oriya.

It is not an easy task to ascertain the number of people who speak Bihari languages due to unreliable methods of gathering numbers. Naturally, most educated urban speakers would consider Hindi as their main language because it is what they use officially in the media and commerce. Despite the large number of speakers of Bihari languages, these languages have not been constitutionally recognised in India, the only exception being Maithili, which is recognised under the Eighth Schedule.

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Cuisine

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The staple food of the northern Bihari state is a dish composed of roti, dhal,
chawal, sabzi, and achar. This dish is cooked with lentils, wheat flour, rice, vegetables, and pickle. This dish is cooked traditional using mustard oil. Usually, Bihari people have a boiled rice-based meal for lunch and a roti-based meal for dinner and breakfast. On the other hand, khichdi is a broth made of rice and lentils seasoned with spices and served with several other dishes and this constitutes the mid-day meal for most Hindu Biharis on Saturdays. The favourite dish among Biharis is litti-chokha. Litti is made up of sattu, which is flour made from a mixture of ground pulses and cereals, while chokha is made of smashed potatoes, tomatoes and eggplant.

Bihar traditionally offers a large variety of sweet delicacies and they are mostly dry, unlike those from Bengal. Bihari sweets include chen murki, kala jamun, kesaria peda, khaja, khurma, pua & mal, pua, thekua, murabba and tilkut. Many of these sweet foods actually originate in towns in the vicinity of Patna. On the other hand, salted snacks and savouries popular in Bihar include litti, makhana and sattu. The foods of eastern Uttar Pradesh and western Bihar were strongly influenced by Mughlai cuisine due to historical connections. Consequently, Bhojpuri cuisine arose with Bihari flavour and thus reflects Bihar as a unique confluence of culinary cultures.

Bihari delicacy called Pitti Chokra.

Bihari delicacy called Pitti Chokra.

 

20 Great Places to Visit in Bodhgaya

 

1. Mahabodhi Stupa and Bodhi Tree

The Magnificent Mahabodhi Stupa.

The Magnificent Mahabodhi Stupa.

The ancient Mahabodhi Temple commemorates the Bodhimanda, or the place of enlightenment, of Buddha Shakyamuni. The temple is built traditionally facing east and features a 150-foot spire above the spot where the original Bodhi tree, under which the Buddha became fully enlightened, was located.

The inner sanctum of the temple houses a magnificent 10th century, two-meter tall gilded image of the seated Buddha. This statue was carved out of a black stone by artisans of the Pala kingdoms of Bengal. The Buddha is seen seated in the bhumisparsha mudra or the ‘earth touching’ posture. It is said that the golden Buddha image within the Mahabodhi temple complex was sculpted in the exact likeness of the Buddha himself. Legend has it that when the temple was built there were no worthy statues of the Buddha to be found. One day, a sculptor arrived from afar and declared that he would sculpt a statue, but that he would require scented clay, a lamp and that the door to the inner sanctum not be opened for six months. However, the door was opened a few days ahead of schedule.

Ancient main image of Buddha Shakyamuni within the Mahabodhi Stupa.

Ancient main image of Buddha Shakyamuni within the Mahabodhi Stupa.

They found a statue of great beauty, perfect in every detail except for a small part on the breast that was left unfinished. Later, a monk who slept in the sanctum had a dream in which the bodhisattva Maitreya appeared and revealed that he was the one who carved the statue. According to another source, this statue was commissioned 60 years after the Buddha’s parinirvana by one of Lord Buddha’s female disciples who actually beheld the golden face of the Buddha himself. The statue is actually made of a black stone but has since been covered with a layer of gold, which was sponsored by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Hence, this statue is said to be the closest resemblance with what Lord Buddha looked like.

Pilgrims offer robes, which the temple caretaker carefully offers onto the statue itself.

Pilgrims offer robes, which the temple caretaker carefully offers onto the statue itself.

It is believed that Emperor Ashoka visited Bodhgaya and built the Mahabodhi Vihara Temple about 280 years after the enlightenment of the Buddha. However, construction of the temple only completed in the 7th century CE during the reign of the Gupta kings. Incredibly, four of the original stone railings surrounding the temple date back to the early Shunga period (184–72 BCE) survive to this day amongst later replicas. Since then, the temple has undergone several restoration and repair works, aided by the especially devout Burmese. In 1883, a thorough and scientific restoration of the temple was completed under the supervision of the British Archaeologist Sir A. Cunningham, J.D.M. Beglar and the Indian Archaeologist Dr. Rajendra Lal Mitra. Finally in 1956, on the occasion of 2,500th Buddha Jayanti celebrations, the Government of India performed some repair works and enlarged the compound of the Mahabodhi Vihara.

The Bodhi tree which the Buddha sat under until he gained full enlightenment was known as Sri Maha Bodhi. However, the current 80-feet tall tree is not the original tree from the Buddha’s time but a descendant of that tree. A sapling of the original tree was carried by Emperor Ashoka’s daughter, Sanghamitta to Sri Lanka.

The descendant of the original Bodhi tree that the Buddha sat under to become enlightened.

The descendant of the original Bodhi tree that the Buddha sat under to become enlightened.

King Ashoka, the great Indian Emperor who ruled from 269 to 232 BCE, about 200 years after Buddha’s parinirvana, paid special attention to the original sacred Bodhi tree. His wife, Tissarakkha, in a jealous rage destroyed the Bodhi Tree. Fortunately, a cutting from the tree that grew in Sri Lanka from the sapling that Sanghamitta took with her, was replanted in Bodh Gaya when the original tree died. Under this tree is a red sandstone slab known as the Vajrasana, the diamond throne, believed to mark the spot of Buddha’s enlightenment. This red sandstone slab was originally placed there by King Ashoka.

Bags, MP3 players and phones with cameras are advised to be kept in the lockers 50 meters to the west of the entrance. Ever since bombs exploded within the complex in 2013, security has been extra tight.

Map of Bodhgaya that marks the location of the Mahabodhi Stupa along with other places of interests.

Map of Bodhgaya that marks the location of the Mahabodhi Stupa along with other places of interests.

Address:
Bodhgaya, Bihar 824231, India
Phone: +91 631 220 0735
Website: http://www.mahabodhi.com
Opening Hours: 5:00 am – 9:00 pm

Daily Routine of the Mahabodhi Temple:

5:00AM Opening of the Mahabodhi Temple
5:30 am to 6:00 am Sutra Chanting and Meditation
10:00 am Offering of Kheer (rice pudding made of cooked rice, milk and sugar)
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm Sutra Chanting and Meditation
9:00 pm Closing of the Mahabodhi Temple

Associated fees:

Camera:

Digital Camera / Camera Rs. 100/- per day
Handy Video Camera Rs. 300/- per day
Video Camera Rs. 500/- per day

BUTTER LAMP OFFERING:

Small Lamp Rs. 2/- each
Medium Lamp Rs. 4/- each
Large Lamp Rs. 10/- each

(Butter Lamps House situated in the south side of the Temple premises.)

 

2. Animeshlochan Chaitya

The Animeshlochan Chaitya shrine overlooks the Mahabodhi stupa.

The Animeshlochan Chaitya shrine overlooks the Mahabodhi stupa.

During the second week after his enlightenment, the Buddha spent his time sitting facing the Bodhi tree, meditating deeply upon it in gratitude. It is said that the Buddha stared at the tree without blinking, and so the tree became known as animeshlochan or ‘unblinking’. A prayer hall or chaitya has since been built upon the spot.

 

3. Ratnachakrama

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Ratnachakrama literally means ‘jeweled walk’ and this pathway is marked by a raised platform with lotus designs demarcating the Buddha’s steps that he took during the third week after his enlightenment. It is said that he paced 18 steps back and forth near the Bodhi tree, and that lotus sprang up under his feet wherever he stepped. Today, the Ratnachakrama lies along the northern Temple wall.

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4. Ratnaghar Chaitya

The gates to the Ratnaghar Chaitya shrine.

The gates to the Ratnaghar Chaitya shrine.

This shrine lies northwest of the Temple and marks the location where Buddha spent the fourth week after his enlightenment in meditation. It was here that he received a vision of his future mission, and the higher aspect of wisdom, the Abhidharma. It is said that blue, yellow, red, white and orange lights emanated from the Buddha as he meditated. These colours have subsequently used on the Buddhist flag.

Ancient Buddha images enshrined within the Ratnaghar Chaitya.

Ancient Buddha images enshrined within the Ratnaghar Chaitya.

 

5. Ajapala Nigrodh

The pillar on the left of the signage marks the Ajapala Nigrodh.

The pillar on the left of the signage marks the Ajapala Nigrodh.

This is a pillar marking the spot of Buddha’s fifth week of meditation. Originally under a Banyan tree, the Buddha sat and counselled some Brahmins. He taught them that one is true Brahmin by virtue of karma, or one’s actions, rather than one’s birth.

 

6. Rajyatana Tree

The tree next to the sign marks the location of the old Rajyatana Tree.

The tree next to the sign marks the location of the old Rajyatana Tree.

The Buddha spent his seventh week meditating under this tree and it is said that he gained his first two lay disciples here. They were merchants from Burma who had come and offered him his first meal following his seven weeks of meditation. This tree is originally located near to the temple, on its southeast side.

 

7. Muchalinda Pond

The statue of the Buddha protected by the hood of the Naga commemorates the event of the sixth week.

The statue of the Buddha protected by the hood of the Naga commemorates the event of the sixth week.

Buddha spent his sixth week of meditation here. There was a great shower of rain, and the Naga king, Muchalinda sheltered the Buddha by winding his coils seven times round the Buddha’s body and holding his hood over the Buddha’s head.

 

8. Thai Monastery

The beautiful exterior of the Thai Temple.

The beautiful exterior of the Thai Temple.

The Thai Monarch at the request of the Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru built this Thai Temple at Bodh Gaya in 1956 in order to strengthen relations between the two countries. This temple is unique for being the only Thai temple in India as it perfectly exemplifies the beauty of Thai architecture with its sloping and curved roof. The temple is situated facing the main road and is next to the tourist bungalow.

The temple enshrines an exquisitely carved bronze statue of Lord Buddha. The temple is quiet and serene as you walk into the main prayer hall. There is also a recently built 25-meter high statue of the Buddha in the garden near the Thai Temple.

Address: Bodhgaya, Bihar 824231, India

The elegant shrine to the Buddha within the Thai temple.

The elegant shrine to the Buddha within the Thai temple.

 

9. Daijokyo Buddhist Temple & 80-foot Buddha Statue

Japanese Daijokyo Buddhist Temple exterior.

Japanese Daijokyo Buddhist Temple exterior.

The Daijokyo Buddhist Temple was built on a 2-acre piece of land allocated by the Government of Bihar. This temple was inaugurated on February 13, 1983 by the then President of India, His Excellency Gyani Zail Singh. The temple is a double-storey concrete building with a three-storey tall pagoda on top that was built in Japanese style. The Buddha statue enshrined within the temple is in the meditation posture, is made of bronze, and was brought over from Japan.

The shrine with the Daijokyo Buddhist Temple.

The shrine with the Daijokyo Buddhist Temple.

On the other hand, the inauguration and consecration of the Great Buddha Statue took place on November 18, 1989. The consecration ceremony was graced with the presence of the 14th Dalai Lama, who consecrated the 25-meter statue, the first large outdoor Buddha ever built in the history of India. The statue is now a symbol of the holy place Bodhgaya alongside the Mahabodhi Temple, which is a World Heritage site, and enjoys constant visits by pilgrims from all over the world. Amongst the local people it is nicknamed ‘the 80-foot (25-meter) Buddha Statue.’

The great Buddha Statue within the compounds of the Daijokyo Temple.

The great Buddha Statue within the compounds of the Daijokyo Temple.

Surrounding the Great Buddha Statue are smaller statues of his ten great disciples on either side, as if protecting and following him. The first to be unveiled and consecrated were Sariputra and Maudgalyayana in November 1993. Then, the other statues of the other eight great disciples, namely Mahakasyapa, Subhuti, Purna Maitrayani-putra, Mahakatyayana, Anuruddha, Upali, Rahula, and Ananda were consecrated in March 1996. The ten statues are made of sandstone from Chunar, near Varanasi, which is the same material as was used for the Great Buddha Statue.

Address: Bodhgaya, Bihar 824231, India
Phone: +91 631 220 0747
Opening hours: 7 am to 12 pm, 2 pm to 6 pm (to 5:30 pm in winter)

 

10. Royal Bhutanese Monastery

The beautiful exterior of the Royal Bhutanese Monastery.

The beautiful exterior of the Royal Bhutanese Monastery.

The king of Bhutan built the Royal Bhutan Monastery dedicated to Lord Buddha, Guru Rinpoche and 4-armed Chenrezig. Intricate clay carvings are seen on the interior walls of the monastery that depict different aspects of the Buddha’s life story.

Address: Birla Road, Bodhgaya
Opening hours: 7:00 am to 7:00 pm

The colorful shrine to the Buddha Shakyamuni, Guru Rinpoche and Chenrezig within the Royal Bhutanese Temple.

The colorful shrine to the Buddha Shakyamuni, Guru Rinpoche and Chenrezig within the Royal Bhutanese Temple.

 

11. Japanese temple (Indosan Nippon)

The simple and dignified exterior of the Japanese Indosan Nippon temple.

The simple and dignified exterior of the Japanese Indosan Nippon temple.

Located at Temple Road. Activities include daily meditation at 6AM and 5PM.This is another outstanding example of Japanese temple architecture. It temple was built in 1972 with the assistance of the international Buddhist community. The structure of this temple was originally carved out of wood and it is meant to look like a traditional Japanese shrine. It also showcases traditional Japanese paintings that tell the story of Buddha Shakyamuni’s life.

Address: Bodhgaya, Bihar 824231, India
Opening hours: 5:00 am-12:00 pm, 2:00 pm-6:00 pm

Main shrine to the Buddha within the Indosan Nippon Temple .

Main shrine to the Buddha within the Indosan Nippon Temple .

 

12. Taiwanese Temple (World Chonghwa Buddhist Sangha)

The exterior of the Taiwanese Buddhist Temple .

The exterior of the Taiwanese Buddhist Temple.

This temple was built in the Chinese architectural style by the Taiwanese government and Buddhist monks. Although it is a very small structure, it is worth visiting. Like other temples, it is dedicated to Lord Buddha. The monastery is located near the Mahabodhi temple complex.

Address: Bodhgaya, Bihar 824231, India
Phone: (0631) 2200 503/ 673

 

13. Archaeological Museum

Entrance to the Archaeological Museum of Bodhgaya.

Entrance to the Archaeological Museum of Bodhgaya.

The museum is closed on Fridays, and has an entrance fee of Rs.10 (for foreigners and locals alike). It possesses a small but interesting selection of Buddhist and Hindu artefacts from Bodhgaya and other nearby excavation sites. Photography is not allowed.

Address: Gaya Center, Bodh Gaya 824231, India
Phone: 0631-2200739
Opening hours: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Entrance fee: Rs. 10/- per head (Children up to 15 years free)

Original artifacts uncovered within the Mahabodhi Temple sites.

Original artifacts uncovered within the Mahabodhi Temple sites.

 

14. Mahabodhi Temple Complex Bookstore

Located inside Mahabodhi temple complex entrance. It has a very wide selection of books on Buddhism, Buddhist culture, and the Mahabodhi temple. All books are new and sold at local prices.

Address: Mahabodhi Temple, Bodh Gaya, Bihar
Opening hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (Daily)

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15. Kundan Bazar Book/Clothing/Gift Shop

Located on the main road near Embassy Hotel, Kundan Bazar is a great little shop with a good selection of clothing, gifts, and books. Their prices are not exorbitant, but do bargain a little.

Address: Kundan Bazar Guest House, Bhagalpur Village, Bodh Gaya Road
Opening hours: 7:00 am to 8:00 pm (Daily)
Phone: +91 631 220 0049

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16. Bodhi Tree Educational Foundation

This is a volunteering organisation located in a village 5 kilometres out of the city. They will provide accommodation, food and other activities around the Gaya and Bodhgaya areas.

Email: peace_answer@rediffmail.com
Website: www.BodhiTreeEducationalFoundation.org

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17. Tibet Om Cafe

Excellent pastries, great and wholesome Tibetan food too. This is a popular destination for tourists.

Address: Near Birladrhamsala, Bodh Gaya 824231, India
Phone: +91 72779 40832
Opening hours: 7:00 am to 9:00 pm (Daily)

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18. Be Happy Cafe

(In front of the Vietnamese temple, just follow the signs).
A small cafe ran by a wonderful Canadian women. The cafe specializes in thin crust pizzas, Italian pastas, sandwiches in thick bread, freshly made cakes, homemade granola for breakfast and a variety of coffees.

Address:
In front of Vietnamese Temple
Kalachakra Ground, Bodhgaya, Bihar 824231, India
Phone: +91 87971 18390
Opening hours: 8:00 am to 8:30 pm

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19. Bowl of Compassion Cafe

Bodhgaya (Opposite the police station).
It is a relatively new restaurant serving delicious Indian and international cuisine, with connections to the nearby Bowl of Compassion NGO. Patrons can choose special “Compassion meals”, where the extra money goes towards helping the poor of the Tikha Bigha Village. Volunteers are welcome.

Address: Bodhgaya, Bihar 824231, India
Phone: +91 99312 77814
Website: https://bowlofcompassion.org
Opening hours: 10:00 am to 11:00 pm

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20. The Olive

(near Hotel Sujata on Buddha Road, on same side).
Impeccably clean, with glass topped tables, and filtered water. Excellent pasta dishes include spaghetti, fusilli, and penne. Other favourites include boiled vegetables, aloo gobi, and masala chai.

Address: Near Hotel Sujata, Gaya, India

 

How To Get There

Gaya International Airport – the gateway for most international travellers to Bodhgaya.

Gaya International Airport – the gateway for most international travellers to Bodhgaya.

From overseas, the nearest international airport is at Gaya, which is 17 kilometres away. Druk Air flies from Bangkok once a week, and Thai Airways flies to Gaya daily. Indian Airlines flies from Kolkata on Fridays at 10am and returns back on Mondays from Gaya at around 3pm. Air India flies from New Delhi via Varanasi every day and Indigo also flies from New Delhi as well.

Alternatively, you may take a flight to Patna Airport, which is 110 kilometres away and take a train or a taxi to Bodh Gaya. This is more feasible for most travellers as Patna has direct and daily flights to Delhi, Kolkata, and Mumbai.

Bangkok can be used as a hub to change flights to Kolkata, as there are many daily flights between the two cities, and because there are four to five daily flights from Kolkata to Patna.

For those travelling from South East Asia the best suited route is from Bangkok to Kolkata, then from Kolkata to Patna. Transfers between Patna Airport and Bodhgaya are available through Punpun Trails (a local travel agent) throughout the year and can be booked online.

 

Where to stay

  • Burmese Vihara, Gaya Road. The Vihara offerings very basic accommodation and exists mainly to cater to groups of Burmese pilgrims, but there are often rooms available for others too. Rules are posted prominently. Food service is only for those arriving in groups and by prior arrangement.
  • Kundan Bazar Guest House, Bhagalpur Village (Near Old Vietnam Temple), +91 631 220 0049 (reservations@kundanbazar.com), This guest house offers single rooms to full-service apartments, bike rentals, internet cafe, snooker bar, self-service kitchen, laundry facility, tour packages, and more.
  • Mahabodhi Society, GDD, +91 631 220 0742. There are both private rooms and dorms available here.
  • Rainbow Guesthouse, next to Burmese Vihara on Gaya Road. Offers basic rooms, which can be cleaned more thoroughly on request, and has friendly and reliable staff.
  • Rahul Guesthouse, (Just further north up the road 100 metres from Deer park and the Bodhi tree there’s a sports oval, Rahul’s and many other guest houses are just on the other side of the oval. Walk along the road that goes around the oval and you’ll see it.). It offers amazingly clean rooms, with medium customer service. It’s surrounded by about four other guest houses, so it’s a good spot to head towards and shop around. Single rooms cost roughly Rs 350.
  • Sakya Monastery Guesthouse, Mastipur Village (Near Bhutan Monastery), +91 631 220 0770. Clean, simple, friendly, peaceful and calm environment.
  • Siddhartha Vihar, Bihar Tourist Complex, +91 631 220 0445. Simple, but comfortable rooms.
  • Hotel Sujata, Buddha Marg, +91 631 220 0481/220 0761/220 0011 (htsujata@vsnl.com / info@sujatahotel.com, fax: +91 631 220 0511). Offers a clean environment and good restaurant.
  • Welcome Guest House, is a 2 mins walk from Mahabodhi Temple (opp-jayprakash prak), +91 631 220 0377 (welcomeguest_house@yahoo.co.in) Welcome Guest House offers cheap and pleasant rooms in the centre of town.
  • Om Soni Family Guesthouse, on a little street near the Japanese Temple, +91 997 345 4906. A monk at the Japanese monastery recommend this place because he has known the owner, Vijay Kumar, since he was a little boy. Vijay is a really nice guy and the bathrooms are clean, though the rooms a bit small. There is no Wi-Fi, but for the price, it is a good deal in town. Ask people around the Japanese temple if you can’t find it. You have to walk by the temple and then make a left one or two streets past the woodcarvers shop. It is roughly Rs. 250-300 rupees for a double.
  • Hotel Buddha International, near the Japanese Temple, Bodhgaya, + 631 220 0506. (hotel.b.int@gmail.com) This is a budgeted hotel in Bodhgaya, there are 31 air conditioned rooms with single & double occupancy. Room facilities include features like attached bath, running hot and cold water, internet browsing, refrigerators, CCTV, direct dial facility, etc. Other facilities include a multi cuisine restaurant, henna designing, swimming pool, Ayurveda centre, travel desk, doctor on call, free parking, etc.
  • Suma House, Off Saxena Rd (Near Root Institute), +91 898 729 1171. This delightful family are genuinely caring hosts. The building is situated out of town amid the quiet of fields and trees. The rooms are large as are the bathrooms. It has been recently built and is clean and fresh. Air conditioning is available, with 24-hour hot water, Wi-Fi and home cooked meals on request. The family is very inclusive and also run a small NGO teaching disadvantaged children and adolescents in the guesthouse. A truly delightful place to stay from around Rs 600-1500.

 

Travel books on Bodhgaya

Get the most out of your visit to Bodhgaya. Before you arrive, read up on some travel books to help plan your trip and make your journey more enjoyable. Two of the most popular travel books on Bodhgaya include:

Bodh041 Walking with the Buddha – Buddhist Pilgrimages in India

This is an illustrated guide to the various sacred Buddhist sites (including Bodhgaya) throughout India, following a time-honoured pilgrimage circuit. This book is packed with an abundance of information, ranging from ancient stories of the Buddha’s life to archaeological facts on the various sacred sites. This book has over 200 photos and maps detailing every aspect of the sites, from its architectural heritage to its associated literary wealth that reveals Lord Buddha’s contribution to the world.

Bodh042 Meeting the Buddha: On Pilgrimage in Buddhist India
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  1. Samfoonheei on Aug 3, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    Bodh Gaya is the site of the Buddha Shakyamuni’s enlightenment, 2,500 years ago. Is well known as the most revered of all Buddhist sacred sites , a must visit place for every Buddhist. One of the most important pilgrimage sites for Buddhists all over the world.
    I would love to visit this place one day, to retrace the footsteps Buddha and where Buddha achieved full enlightenment under the Bodhi tree. Well engaging in some prayers in these holy places will be wonderful. Wow….in Bodhgaya itself there are 20 great interesting place to visit.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this interesting write up on Bodhgaya.

  2. wan wai meng on Sep 3, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    Bodghaya is a spiritual pureland and one can be exposed to all forms of Buddhism and traditions, and also engage in making offerings all over. Any Buddhist would like to be associated to this location, that the next Buddha, Maitreya will also manifest at. Thank you for this guide of Bodghaya.

  3. Stella Cheang on Jul 15, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    I have always wanted to make pilgrimage trips to places revolving Buddha’s life; especially his birth place – Lumbini, the place where he attained enlightenment – Bodhgaya, where he first turned the wheel of Dharma – Sarnath, and where he entered clear light – Kusinara. The write up by Pastor David provides intricate details and information that are very useful to plan for the trip. It will really be nice to go with like minded friends, where everyone can engage in some prayers in the holy place if possible, to invoke upon the magnificent blessing by the Buddha.

  4. Stella Cheang on Jun 30, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    It is both inspiring and eye-opening to read this informative article by Pastor David. It is not exaggerating to say that Bodhgaya is the navel of the world because Bodhgaya is the place where Buddha gained enlightenment 2,500 years ago. Buddhism had since then spread and evolved into the mainstream of many nations, culturally and religiously. It is evident how Buddhism took shape by the uniqueness of Buddhist temple from Thailand, Japan, Bhutan and etc which were built in Bodhgaya. For me, I will not miss the ancient stories of Buddha’s life through tracing the archaeological facts in various sacred sites. I wish that I will be able to visit Bodhgaya one day.

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  6. Anne Ong on Jun 25, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    Thank you Pastor David for this very interesting article on Bodhgaya.And beautiful pictures and places. I always feel happy to be able to read and see these places because I’m unable to travel and visit. I didn’t know the Bodhi tree is not the original tree. Have been wondering about it already how it could live for so long. Nice to know anyway! Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David once again. _/\_

  7. Jason on Jun 23, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    This is very interesting and informative article to pilgrims who plan to do pilgrimage to India.As we can see that Bodhgaya itself already have 20 sites to visit for pilgrimage purpose. As I remember, Rinpoche did ask us must pay visit a huge Japan architecture Buddha in Daijokyo Temple.This is the only Japanese temple in Bodhgaya. I really wish i can visit Bodhgaya soon to increase my spiritual knowledge and can benefit others and myself.
    Thanks Pastor David for such details information.

    Jason

  8. Fong on Jun 12, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    Beautiful article. Such a sacred place for Buddhists and would really be good to be able to make this pilgrimage to connect with a holy and energy.

    Thank you, Pastor David for another wonderful piece of information on more than 1 level.

  9. Samfoonheei on Jun 12, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    Beautiful and meaningful place to visit Bodhgaya for every Buddhist.Bodh Gaya is a religious site and place of pilgrimage associated.
    Buddhists travel there to retrace the footsteps Buddha and where Buddha achieved full enlightenment under the Bodhi tree. I do hope i could there some day.Amazing there are about 20 great interesting place to Visit in Bodhgaya itself.The history of each place are interesting as well.Bodhgaya is the most revered of all Buddhist sacred sites.
    Thank you Pastor David Lai sharing this beautiful post with beautiful pictures and details to make the trip there easier.

  10. Lin Mun on Jun 12, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    Thank you Pastor David for this interesting article about Bodhgaya, the place where Buddha Syakyamuni gained enlightenment. The most interesting part is having different temples built by the Japanese, Taiwanese, Thais and Burmese. The diversity of Buddhism in Bodhgaya itself. I really wish to have the opportunity to visit these holy places.

  11. Datuk May on Jun 12, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    Thank you, Pastor David for this very educational account of Shakyamuni Buddha, the essence of His teaching which had evolved since 2,600 years ago. Evolved to accommodate cultural and traditional practices in the different parts of the world but never changed on the ultimate 4 Noble truths of suffering and the 8 fold path to cessation of suffering in Samsara. The Dharma that had lasted through times and that which has proven to be faultless and perfect.

    What impacted me the most is that even in this holiest place in the Universe, the navel of the world, it so inclusive that different types of temples are built to exhibit the differences in structure and still representing the pure Dharma. This inclusiveness of temples built by Burmese, Tibetan, Bhutanese, Japanese, Chinese and Thais with their different styles of architecture indicates the very universal acceptance of Buddhism of diversity upon the similar foundation of the essence of Buddhism.

    I have enjoyed this article tremendously and thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David. Knowledge is the foundation of faith.

  12. Choong on Jun 11, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    This is the first time that I’ve looked at a map with the location of Bodhgaya. It is so close to present day Bangladesh and Burma.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 1. 2021 04:01 PM
    Interesting read with the discovery of various legends, texts by archaeologists thousands years ago. Historians and experts had investigated and found evidence of contact between humans and extra-terrestrial life very much earlier. Their findings theory seem that extra-terrestrials have visited Earth for millions of years. Since the age of the dinosaurs to ancient Egypt, from early cave drawings to continued mass sightings in the US. Historians had revealed that aliens have been with us all along. Encounters with strange beings and sightings of mysterious objects in the sky have been recorded. Such as Christopher Columbus’ first voyage to America witnessed strange lights in the sky and sightings of flying cigar-shaped crafts were reported during the Black Plague that struck Europe and Asia in the mid-1300s. There were many others historical evidence of early civilization that had close encounters with Aliens. Interesting read and to watch the video.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/ancient-aliens-closer-encounters.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 27. 2021 05:33 PM
    Watching the videos and looking at those pictures in this post tell us more. Sad to see the working conditions really bad especially in the brick kilns of Andhra Pradesh,India. We could see those working men, women and younf children are working round the clock 12 just to earn a living.
    We are considered more fortunate enough than them and we should not complain of what we have, live and so on. We should appreciate every moment , what we have now to do good and beneficial for others, no matter how hard and difficult at times as others might be worse than us.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/you-have-to-see-this.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 27. 2021 05:32 PM
    Wow…..wonderful dog lovers should read to help them to be more caring, loving having a pet. Once we have them as our pet we have the responsibility to give care and love to them. Dogs have feelings like us and is men best friend.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this essential facts for dog lovers.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/20-essential-facts-dog-lovers-must-always-remember.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 27. 2021 05:31 PM
    Scientists had looking at long term, discovered that estimated about 100 to 10,000 species will be extinct soon if nothing is done. Could imagine from microscopic organisms to large plants and animals will go extinct each year. Animal such as sharks, lions, Pit bulls dogs and so forth as mentioned in this blog can become extinct when humans over hunt and over fish, pollute the environment, destroy habitats , and many others. Reading this post tells us more those world’s most dangerous animals are in fact in danger themselves. But the actions of humans toward those dangerous animal has proven more dangerous than that of the animal. Interesting read .
    Thank you Shakila Rajendra for this sharing…..good knowledge . May more people are aware of the harm they are doing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/the-worlds-most-dangerous-animals-in-danger-themselves.html
  • sarassitham
    Thursday, Feb 25. 2021 01:04 AM
    This is kind of hard to believe and shocking to imagine the weirdest addiction of people in this planet, they are extremely strange. People can become addicted to actions, feelings, or behaviors, not just substances. There must be something behind of every addiction, I don’t think they are crazy or mentally ill, it’s their weird enjoyment for a short time.

    I had a friend in my primary school who eats mud during rainy days, she told me, it smells good and she enjoys doing it during her play time. I found it strange but has she grow up in different environment she forget about her addiction. So, I strongly believe, all behaviors can be changed when the person gains self-awareness and actually wants to change. Thanks for the interesting sharing and recall of my childhood friend.
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Feb 24. 2021 01:33 PM
    nteresting read of this history of how Dorje Shugden practice came into light . Since Dorje Shugden was introduced into the Sakya tradition, there have been many Sakya throne holders that practiced Dorje Shugden. Out of the 42 supreme throne holders throughout the history of the Sakya tradition, six of the thrones holders are confirmed to have practiced Dorje Shugden. They have built chapels to him, composed prayers and pujas (kangsols) to him and even propagated his practice amongst their disciples. They cannot be wrong and in fact as confirmed by the 39th Sakya Trizin Dragshul Trinley Rinchen Dorje Shugden is an enlightened being. Dorje Shugden kangsol (prayer) to invoke the blessings of Dorje Shugden composed by him is still widely used today. Dorje Shugden must be a powerful Dharma protector that Sakya tradition have been long relying. It has proven that Dorje Shugden is not a minor practice. Interesting read , may more people read this post to understand better.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this post .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/sakya-trizins-dorje-shugden-prayer.html
  • sarassitham
    Tuesday, Feb 23. 2021 11:23 PM
    Thank you for sharing this yummy recipe. It looks very delicious, healthy and nutritious. I can’t wait to try making it has the ingredients are easy to purchase and methods are simple. I wonder what it taste like.

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  • sarassitham
    Monday, Feb 22. 2021 11:55 PM
    There are lots of people have more than one reason for choosing vegetarianism. Many people choose a vegetarian diet out of concern over animal rights or the environment and others may be based on religious beliefs or even for healthier lifestyle.

    Regardless of whether you choose a vegetarian way of life, it’s always a healthy idea to eat a wide variety of foods and try out new foods when you can.

    Thank you for the sharing and compiling the list of vegetarian restaurants and organic shops in Klang Valley. I am glad to know whereabout and hoping to try them.

    https://bit.ly/3siC4tf
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 22. 2021 03:30 PM
    Begtse Chen, a deity of alien origin, was incorporated into the pantheon of Tibetan Buddhism as a protector of the Dharma. This Proyector is one of the eight famous Dharmapala in Tantric Buddhism. Also known as red Mahakala and is especially revered in Mongolia where the origin of Begtse Chen can be traced to a pre-Buddhist deity in 16th century. It has become the mainstay of Protector practice in Mongolia. Interesting read.
    Thank you for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-dharma-protector-begtse-chen.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 22. 2021 03:27 PM
    Interesting read of Kunkhyen Choku Ozer was a lineage master of the Manjushri Namasamgiti Tantra. He became known as Kunkhyen Choku Ozer due to his ability to penetrate the meaning of the great Buddhist treatises merely just by glancing at it. He could memolised texts just by reading it once. Reading this post and information at least I can know he is also a part of Dorje Shugden’s incarnation lineage. He is also famed for establishing the ancient monastery of Dakpo Tsele.
    Thank you Pastor David for this sharing as many of us would not have known this GREAT Lama was part of Dorje Shugden’s incarnation lineage.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/kunkhyen-choku-ozer-master-of-the-kalachakra-guhyasamaja-tantras.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Feb 22. 2021 03:25 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for the teachings on Dorje Shugden and explanation on retreat. Learning and practicing this Dorje Shugden’s practice have indeed benefited many people. And more so when to do a retreat. . We are all very fortunate to be given an opportunity to meet Tsem Rinpoche and learning, practicing all these precious teachings coming from a pure lineage that can be traced back to the time of the great Lama Tsongkhapa. A very detailed explanation on why we need the retreat and the way to do the retreat.
    Thanks again Rinpoche with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-retreat-a-powerful-practice-to-fulfill-wishes.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Feb 21. 2021 01:54 PM
    Tsem Rinpoche had been working tirelessly teaching Dharma in his whole life, giving many opportunities for us to learn , practice Dharma teachings. Whatever goes wrong we should admit it as our own fault and not our guru. Rinpoche ‘s love to spread Dharma teachings and nothing else. He had followed his advice of his guru to come all the way from India to teach in Malaysia. Reading all those meaningful quotes and sayings in this article tells us a thousand words of truth which we should not take it lightly. We could in fact learn from it and stop blaming others.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/is-it-the-gurus-fault.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Feb 21. 2021 01:51 PM
    HH the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso , the highest spiritual leader of Tibet, who is a living Bodhisattva, an emanation of Avalokiteśvara. Blessing to have a change looking at this rare picture taken years ago of Dalai lama on the throne . Dalai Lama is well known as a Buddhist Advocate for Peace and Freedom.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/his-holiness-the-supreme-holder-of-the-white-lotus.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Feb 21. 2021 01:48 PM
    Tibetans all over the world celebrates Losar, or Tibetan New Year with the beginning of Lunar year. This year it falls on the 12 February, every one will be looking forward to this day. A new year a new beginning , where the Panglung Oracle will take trance of the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. As usual every year the Panglung Oracle will give advices, offering guidance, for the year ahead to everyone of what to do and so forth. Whatever advices given should not taken lightly. The Panglung Oracle as Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden will also give teachings and blessing . For this year Dorje Shugden gave a very powerful teachings and messages.
    Thank you for sharing this precious message.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugdens-2021-losar-advice.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 20. 2021 02:06 PM
    Interesting read , even though short but at least knowing the home Monastery of H E Tsem Rinpoche’s previous incarnation, Gedun Nyedrak. The monastery was called ‘Tsem’,where a custodian of a tooth relic of the great Lama Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.
    Thank you Pastor David for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/gedun-nyedrak-an-abbot-of-gaden.html

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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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  • March 1, 2021 23:37
    Sandra asked: Hello dear pastors, wish we could have an article like the one below to highlight the auspicious days of 2021. https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/auspicious-days.html
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your suggestion. At the moment, there are no plans to publish another article with 2021 dates. But I have listed out some of the auspicious days and their dates for this year for you. I have only included future dates, not those that have already passed. Saga Dawa Duchen - 26th May 2021 Chokhor Duchen - 14th July 2021 Dorje Shugden Day - 24th August 2021 Lhabab Duchen - 27th October 2021 Gaden Ngamchoe or Tsongkhapa Day - 29th December 2021 I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 27, 2021 03:31
    Sandra asked: Respected pastors, Is it ok to pray from different areas in the house (even where there is no altar)? I was told you can't create 2 altars in 1 house.
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question and its nice to see you here again. The reason why we pray in front of our altars is because it becomes a focal point of the enlightened energies we are invoking. Therefore it becomes a kind of portal for the energies of transformation, peace, healing, prosperity and protection. It is also the place where we make offerings to the Buddhas. As such, most people usually only have 1 altar in their home. However, you can have more than 1 altar in your home. As it is an altar, it should be complete with representations of the body, speech and mind of the Buddhas. This would be an image (either a statue, thangka, tsa tsa, poster, framed picture, etc), a Dharma text and a stupa. In front of these, you should have at least 1 type of offering or more. This can be a fixed offering or maybe even a set of water offerings, which you make every day. Since practitioners make offerings on a daily basis, most opt to have only 1 altar, but there is no rule in Buddhism to say you can only have 1 altar. The altar however, should be placed in a respectful place. So, not in the bathroom. Or if in the bedroom, you should put a screen up to block it when you are changing, sleeping, etc. Alternatively, you can keep it in a cupboard, and close the doors during such activities. But altars should be dedicated places to the Buddhas, so don't put secular items in the same place, such as on the same shelf, etc. When it comes to praying, it is usually done in front of the altar, as you are invoking the enlightened beings. When you do your prayers there it becomes a powerful place in your home, and provides you with a sacred space to pray and meditate. However, if circumstances are difficult, then of course you can pray elsewhere. For example, when I first set up an altar, I was living in a single room with not much space. I set up an altar on a shelf but was not able to pray in front of it. Once I had made offerings, I would simply sit in another part of the room and do the prayers there. If it is really not convenient, then of course it is permissible to do the prayers elsewhere. It is better to do the prayers, than not do them at all if you can't be in front of your altar. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 25, 2021 01:33
    Kuenzang wangdi asked: What would be my most suitable colour ?
    pastor answered: Dear Kuenzang Wangdi, Thank you for your question. The following calculators may be of interest to you: Chinese Zodiac: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/horoscopes/the-chinese-zodiac.html Tibetan Astrology: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html In relation to which colour if most favourable for you, unfortunately our calculators do not give this information. However, from a Buddhist practice viewpoint, what is more important is the transformation of the mind. Once we transform our minds according to teachings, we are able to overcome any obstacle and create good conditions for our lives. You can learn a very short mind transformation teaching here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/eight-verses-of-thought-transformation.html You can couple this with formal practice. If you are interested, a very good practice to bring energies of increase and generate a long life, merits, wealth and prosperity in your life, is the the practice of Gyenze. You can find information about the practice here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/prayers-and-sadhanas/dorje-shugden-gyenze-to-increase-life-merits-and-wealth.html. I hope this helps. Thanks.
  • February 22, 2021 22:14
    Naseer asked: Hi My name is Naseer Ahmed 8th dec 1979. Life path 1 Im looking to add to my name slightly... change it too... Naseer Al Ahmed... Would this be more complimentary as far as for the business front... or would it not make any difference
    pastor answered: Hello Naseer, As per your question, your Life Path Number is 1. The Life Path Number according to the system of numerology used on our website is calculated using your date of birth. Therefore, a change in name will not affect your Life Path Number. Some of the other calculators on the same page do however use your name. One of the smaller calculators you may be interested in is the Achievement Number, but again, this only uses your date of birth for the calculation. You can find it here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/numerology/numerology-calculator.html You may also be interested in two of our other pages: Chinese Zodiac - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/horoscopes/the-chinese-zodiac.html Tibetan Astrology - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html Thank you for your question. I hope this helps.
  • February 20, 2021 18:36
    Sandra asked: After making a food offering to the three jewels (which we will eat for lunch etc), should we think of it as a blessing and partake?
    pastor answered: Hello Sandra, When making food offerings to the Three Jewels, which you eat yourself, when you recite the prayer and make the offering, you should visualise that the Buddhas receive your food offering and because you have made an offering, they are very pleased. It also fulfills one of the Refuge commitments, which is to offer the first portion of whatever we eat and drink to the Three Jewels, while remembering their kindness. You can then partake of the meal and consider it a blessing from the Three Jewels. Alternatively, you can set out a plate (which you reserve for this purpose) of food, which you can offer on your altar. Similarly, once the food has been left on your altar for a while, you can later remove it and consume it as a blessing. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 19, 2021 04:33
    Sandra asked: Is intovertedness a bad quality? Since Buddha is so altruistic and this is the opposite trait, it must be bad. How do you think one should lessen introverted tendencies?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Introvertedness is not a bad quality. Altruism and compassion are different from being an introvert or extrovert. Introverts are generally quieter people, less expressive of their emotions, while extroverts are the opposite. Buddhist practice is not about expression of emotion. Rather the altruistic and compassionate teachings are more about how you help other people and sentient beings, physically or emotionally. If the qualities of introverted-ness are stopping you from developing these, then they need to change. But this may not be necessary, depending on the qualities that you are talking about. You can do simple meditations to building up the energy of compassion in your mindstream and you will see that you actions will automatically start to be more compassionate and altruistic. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 18, 2021 03:28
    Sandra asked: How should one behave when negative karma is being purified? How can we know if bad karma is being purified? Do we accumulate positive karma simultaneously when doing purification practices? Many thanks for your response.
    pastor answered: Hello again Sandra, There are two ways in which karma can be purified, the first is through our own efforts alone and the second is through our own effort, combined with a purification practice. Through our own efforts: this means that you transform your mind enough to not react negatively in any situation and only react in a positive manner. For example, you may have the karma to get angry. So you get into situations which makes you angry. If you react normally, then you will get angry again, this will only lead you to create more karma of being angry. But if you make the effort not to get angry in those situations then you do not create or multiply that karma. The original karma you have may lead you to be in those types of situations again, but if you do not get angry then after a while you start to purify that karma. Through your own efforts, combined with a purification practice: as you are working on transforming your mind, you can rely on the practices that help you to purify your karma, such as the practice of Vajrasattva or the 35 Confessional Buddhas. This boosts your ability to purify negative karma, based on the enlightened energies of the Buddhas. This however is only truly effective when combined with the Four Opponent Powers. You can read more about that here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-35-confessional-buddhas.html In general, when karma is being purified then you should remain level-headed and not act out of emotion or habit, but from your understanding of the workings of karma and the Dharma. But actually, this should not only be when karma is being purified. You should act and behave in this way all the time according to the Dharma, then you are, up to a point, always purifying karma. It is one of the reasons that so much emphasis is placed on refraining from negative actions and engaging in positive actions using your body, speech and mind, because these are the three means or 'doors' with which you interact with the world. At our level, we cannot tell if karma is being purified or not, only those who are more highly attained can tell. However, that is one of the reasons the Buddhist texts advise study of and belief in karma. If there is karma, then it can be purified, and the way to do so is transform your mind and invoke upon the enlightened beings. So if you are doing both, you can rest assured that you are in fact purifying your karma. When you purify negative karma, whether just through your own efforts or combined with a purification practice you collect merit, not positive karma. If you simply do a good action, you collect good karma. But if you are practicing the Dharma with the intention of achieving enlightenment, you take refuge, engage in the practice, and dedicate at the end, then you develop merit, not positive karma. If you want to read more about how karma works and how to purify it in more detail, I suggest you read a Lamrim text such as Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand, which you can order from your local bookstore or get online here (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/lamrim-liberation-in-the-palm-of-your-hand).
  • February 17, 2021 23:06
    Sandra asked: Hello pastors, thank you for your response to my earlier question. Do divination predictions change frequently? Why does that happen?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your question. Divinations, compared to astrological predictions, are much more accurate. There are many types of divination, but those based on the practice of enlightened beings are very accurate. Three of the most well-known in Tibetan Buddhism are the divination practices of Manjushri, Palden Lhamo and Dorje Shugden. You can read more about Dorje Shugden's dice divination here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugdens-dice-divination.html Questions that are asked during divinations are much more specific than the types of topics that astrological predictions can help with, therefore are based on very specific types of karma. This means that if you asked a divination question twice, without taking remedial actions in between, then the answer would most likely be the same, given that all the prerequisites have been held by the diviner and the divinations are genuine. However, if a divination is done and then remedial actions recommended, such as various practices or pujas, and these are done to the letter, then if the question is asked again, then the results would differ. This is because when engaging in these practices or pujas, either you generate the merit necessary to overpower the negative effects of the karma, or you purify the negative effects of the karma creating the situation. This however, is generally not done. You wouldn't ask the same question twice or over and over again. The reason for this is because one of the factors that comes into play when seeking divination is faith. This is faith in the fact that the remedial actions recommended will help whatever situation you are facing. Having seen H.E. Tsem Rinpoche do countless divinations for people, I can attest to this. Those who have faith and follow through with the advice, see a great improvement in the situation that led them to ask the divination question in the first place. Those that did not follow the advice either at all or not fully, did not see any improvement. And this makes sense, because they did not purify the effects of the karma enough, or generate enough merit. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • February 15, 2021 04:09
    sandra asked: How much importance should we give to astrological predictions or chart readings? Are these readings susceptible to change all the time,i.e, in the context of planetary movements? Can our own effort/actions supercede what is predicted in our birth chart?
    pastor answered: Dear Sandra, Thank you for your interesting question. You are absolutely correct about the universal principle of change. According to Buddhist practice, astrological predictions are based upon a fixed point in time. Take for example, your moment of birth, which most astrological readings take as the main point of reference. At that specific moment, there would have been various energies or planetary alignments, etc. Combined together, they are said to give an accurate prediction of what will occur to a person throughout their life. This however, is based on one's birth karma, to be born at that specific point in time and location. This birth karma also provides the driving force behind what will occur in a person's life, if that karma is not changed somehow. Hence, that is why astrological predictions can give very accurate readings on someone's personality, as well as life events. Birth karma provides the main force behind all other karma to come into play. That is why it is given importance in astrology. There are also more advanced methods to take into account planetary and energetical movements to give even more detailed and precise predictions that can even be made down to the month, day or hour of a person's life. In Buddhism, however, we believe that karma can be changed. It can multiply, be purified or exhausted, or the effects of that karma can be overpowered by another karma or spiritual merit. In these cases, the outcome will change. The way in which this happens is varied. It can be as simple as doing some prayers (to generate spiritual merit) or changing your behaviour, environment or location, the way you think, and the ways in which you react in various situations. That is why in Buddhist astrological systems, emphasis is placed on remedial measures to counteract negative outcomes. For example, someone may be born with an angry disposition from an astrological point of view. If this person goes through life acting from this anger, then the predictions based on the time of birth will occur. However, a remedial action can be undertaken, such as the person pracitising Chenrezig, who is the Buddha of compassion, or the person doing some form of charity work. These remedial actions generate compassion in the mind of the person, which counteracts the anger. As this happens and the karma is changed, then the person no longer needs to feels the negative effects of any bad astrological (or more correctly - karmic) situations. There are even some practices that specifically help to counteract negative astrological influences and help you to change things. Such an example is Black Manjushri. Within Tibetan Buddhism, according to your time and date of birth, you also have what is known as a 'Birth Buddha'. This is basically an enlightened being that you have an affinity with in this life. General remedial actions include making images of this particular Buddha or engaging in this Buddha's practice. This combined with a change in how we live - otherwise known as Mind Transformation in the Buddhist context - changes astrological outcomes. However, if we continue living without controlling our actions, words and thoughts, the predictions made using astrological readings will most likely still occur. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
  • February 7, 2021 00:16
    Purna Tamang asked: What is my lucky number and color ?
    pastor answered: Dear Purna Tamang, Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, none our horoscope apps on this page gives this information at this moment. However, you may find some of the other information provided useful. Below are the links: For Chinese Zodiac: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/horoscopes/the-chinese-zodiac.html For Tibetan astrology: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/tibetan-astrology/tibetan-astrology.html For Numerology: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/numerology/numerology-calculator.html For Fortune cookies: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/fortune-cookie Thank you and I hope you find something interesting in one of the apps.
  • January 20, 2021 03:32
    Sangita. asked: i want to buy my own house.which mantra i should chant to have my own house.kindly reply.
    pastor answered: Dear Sangita, Thank you for your question. Everything in our lives, whether good or bad is due to our karma. This is karma we have accumulated either in previous lives or earlier on in this life. You can learn more about this here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/discovering-yourself-a-teaching-on-karma-mindstream.html Sometimes, we go through obstacles or need some form of spiritual help to assist us in improving our situations. In these circumstances we can rely on the practice of certain deities. One of these deities is the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden. You can read more about this deity and his practice here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/beginners-introduction-to-dorje-shugden.html You can learn more about Dorje Shugden's practice here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/dorje-shugden-teaching-videos.html. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • January 12, 2021 00:32
    Laurence Brahm asked: Hello la. I would like to get in touch with Rinpoche. My name is Laurence Brahm and I've directed the two films including Searching for The Lotus Born Master. I would like to get in touch with Rinpoche in hopes he would kindly agree to an interview with our third production on Guru Rinpoche and also I would like to ask some questions concerning Shambala. I would be most grateful if Rinpoche would email me at himalayanconsensus2@gmail.com Thank you. With respects
    pastor answered: Dear Laurence Brahm, Thank you for your questions. This section is actually answered by Kechara's Pastors who were trained by His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche. Unfortunately, Tsem Rinpoche is no longer with us physically. He passed into Parinirvana in 2019. You can read more about this here: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/the-parinirvana-of-kyabje-tsem-rinpoche.html If you would like to ask questions to any of the pastors regarding this, please email care@kechara.com with more information and mention that you would like to talk to one of the pastors. Thank you
  • December 31, 2020 14:46
    Jose Ajuria asked: What are the qualities of the Buddha Dharma and Sangha
    pastor answered: Dear Jose Ajuria, Here is a short article that discusses the qualities of the Three Jewels: https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/taking-refuge-by-pabongka-rinpoche.html For a more in-depth text regarding this, please read Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand (https://www.vajrasecrets.com/lamrim-liberation-in-the-palm-of-your-hand). The text describes the qualities and benefits of taking refuge in each, in much more detail. I hope this helps. Thank you.
  • December 30, 2020 09:55
    Dan asked: Dear pastors, some vegetarians said egg can eat. While some say no. What is your opinion on this. Thank you
    pastor answered: Dear Dan, Thank you for your question. There are differing views on eggs as part of the vegetarian diet. Some people would say that since eggs we get these days are not fertilized, then they are vegetarian since there is no life involved at that point. His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche was vegetarian but consumed eggs, as long as they were free-range and organic, because Rinpoche was against the battery farming system which produces the majority of eggs these days. There is a lot of animal cruelty involved with battery farming. Most people who do not include egg in their vegetarian diets do this because of the harm is causes the hens during the farming process, and also because they can view eating eggs as taking a life. That being said, within Buddhism, there are certain practices that strictly prohibit the consumption of eggs, as with other types of food. This can be for a number of reasons, which are too long to be discussed here. I would say that most people in the Kechara organisation eat eggs although vegetarian, but that may also be a cultural thing. Some people however, have taken the extra step and live a vegan lifestyle, which definitely does not include egg, as an extension of their practice of compassion for other sentient beings. I hope this explanation helps. Thank you.
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Philippines 412,822
Indonesia 391,055
Germany 300,066
France 280,192
Brazil 211,094
Vietnam 189,148
Thailand 186,557
Taiwan 186,279
Italy 148,111
Spain 138,615
Mongolia 136,708
Portugal 131,123
Netherlands 127,714
Turkey 121,132
United Arab Emirates 113,217
Russia 100,876
Sri Lanka 97,864
Hong Kong 92,945
Romania 92,806
South Africa 92,049
Mexico 84,346
Myanmar (Burma) 78,454
New Zealand 77,179
China 75,352
Japan 74,119
Switzerland 73,754
South Korea 64,661
Cambodia 62,345
Pakistan 60,319
Bangladesh 57,456
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