8 Holy Buddhist Pilgrimage Sites – Part 1

Jul 4, 2016 | Views: 13,959

Dear readers,

Buddhism is not only an established religion, but also a way of life. Buddhists visit temples and sacred places to obtain blessings, look within themselves and be inspired by their potential to gain higher realisations. Sacred Buddhist sites are typically places where highly realised beings were born, turned the Wheel of Dharma (which means to teach the Buddhist teachings), engaged in extensive retreats, attained enlightenment, or entered Mahaparinirvana when an enlightened being leaves their physical body). They can also be places where enlightened beings are known to reside, for example Wu Tai Shan, which is known as the abode of Manjushri, the Bodhisattva of Wisdom.

Buddha Gautama, more commonly known as Buddha Shakyamuni, is said to have identified four most worthy pilgrimage sites for his followers. He indicated that in these places, practitioners will be inspired on their spiritual path:

  • Lumbini – the birthplace of Prince Siddharta Gautama who would later be known as Buddha Shakyamuni
  • Bodh Gaya – the place where Prince Siddharta Gautama reached enlightenment
  • Sarnath – the place where Buddha Shakyamuni turned the Wheel of Dharma for the first time
  • Kushinagar – the place where Buddha Shakyamuni entered Parinirvana

In addition to the four holy places mentioned above, many countries that are predominantly Buddhists or who have a rich Buddhist history have very remarkable pilgrimage sites. I hope by visiting these places, people will be inspired to the spiritual path and gain realisation. Through this article, I would like to share with all of you just eight of these sites.

Tsem Rinpoche and Novka Kuaranita

 


 

1. LUMBINI, NEPAL

Lumbini, the birth place of Prince Siddharta Gautama

Lumbini, the birth place of Prince Siddharta Gautama

Lumbini is the place where Prince Siddharta Gautama was born in 563 BCE. One day, the pregnant Queen Mayadevi, the wife of King Suddhodana of Kapilavastu, was enjoying the marvelous landscape of Lumbini when she suddenly felt labour pains. She held on to a branch of a sal tree and gave birth to a baby, Prince Siddharta Gautama. This historical moment can be seen in a depiction of the event on a bas-relief in Lumbini.

The Mayadevi Temple in Lumbini

The Mayadevi Temple in Lumbini

The Ashokan Pillar

The Ashokan Pillar

The holy site of Lumbini is surrounded by many monasteries. On its east side there are Theravadan monasteries and on its west side, Mahayana and Vajrayana monasteries. In addition to the monasteries of various Buddhist traditions, Lumbini is known for its sacred Bodhi tree, Mayadevi Temple, an Ashokan pillar and an ancient bathing pond. This beautiful archaeological site is also a UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site.

Situated in the foothills of the Himalayas, the scenery around Lumbini is breathtaking. Undoubtedly this place has become a very strong magnet for countless pilgrims and also nature lovers.

 

How to get there?

Lumbini is about 300 kilometers south-west of Kathmandu. From Kathmandu or other major cities, visitors can take buses or flights to Siddharthanagar (previously known as Bhairawa), which is approximately 22 kilometers from Lumbini. Getting to Lumbini from Siddharthanagar is relatively easy as there are many transportation services available.

 

Nepali visa requirements

To obtain tourist visas to visit Nepal, you can apply for a visa in the Nepalese Embassy or Consulate in your country of residence prior to your visit. Alternatively you can also purchase a tourist visa upon arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu or if travelling by land, at border entry points such as Kakarvitta, Jhapa District.

 

2. BODH GAYA, INDIA

The Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya

The Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya

Bodh Gaya is an important site relating to Prince Siddharta Gautama’s journey to attain Buddhahood. This is the place where he attained supreme Enlightenment. Before moving to Bodh Gaya, he had been practising austerities for six years with five other ascetics at the banks of the Nairanjana River. However, he did not obtain the results he was hoping for through his self-imposed suffering. Therefore, he abandoned that place and the austere ascetic practices.

The great Buddha Shakyamuni statue in Bodhgaya

The great Buddha Shakyamuni statue in Bodh Gaya

Upon leaving the banks of the Nairanjana River, Siddharta Gautama met a Brahmin girl who offered him rice-milk and a grass-cutter who gave him the gift of kusha grass to use as his meditation mat. Then, under a pipal (Ficus religiosa) tree, Gautama sat cross-legged and entered deep meditation. During the course of that night, he attained full enlightenment and reached Buddhahood. Enlightenment is the state of being in which one has purified all negative karma that leads to suffering and uncontrolled rebirth within the Six Realms of existence. It is free of all delusion (e.g. ignorance, attachment and anger), in which one realises the true nature of existence, and is marked by Bodhicitta (ultimate compassion) and the understanding of Shunyata (the empty nature of all phenomena).

Buddha Shakyamuni statue at the Mahabodhi Temple

Buddha Shakyamuni statue at the Mahabodhi Temple

The pipal tree became known as the Bodhi (enlightenment) tree. The Bodhi tree which flourishes inside Bodh Gaya’s Mahabodhi Temple complex is the most sacred spot for Buddhists. In addition, there are many monasteries and temples in that area.

Usually, from November to March Tibetan pilgrims come down from Dharamsala and other Tibetan settlements in India to visit Bodh Gaya. The high season is from December to January. This is also the period when His Holiness the Dalai Lama often visits the site.

 

How to get there?

The nearest airport is Gaya, approximately of 17 kilometers distance from Bodh Gaya. There is a road that connects Gaya to the town of Bodh Gaya. The second nearest airport after Gaya is Patna, about 135 kilometers away from Bodh Gaya. There are tourist organisations that operate bus services from Patna to Bodh Gaya. Apart from Patna, bus services are also available from Nalanda, Rajgir, Varanasi and Kathmandu.

If you want to take a train, the nearest station is Gaya Junction, 13 kilometers away from Bodh Gaya. Bodh Gaya is well-connected to other major Indian cities through the railway network. Once you arrive at Gaya Junction railway station, you can reach the holy town by using a local taxi.

 

India visa requirements

To enter India, foreign nationals are required to possess a valid international travel document (i.e. passport) with a valid visa obtained from an Indian Embassy or Consulate before travelling to India. Currently, the Indian government offers two types of visas for tourists, a traditional tourist visa or an electronically issued e-tourist visa.

 

3. SARNATH, INDIA

Chaukhandi Stupa in Sarnath

Chaukhandi Stupa in Sarnath

Sarnath is the place where Buddha Shakyamuni turned the Wheel of Dharma for the first time after attaining enlightenment. The main reason Buddha Shakyamuni traveled from Bodh Gaya to Sarnath was to find his former companions, the ascetics who practised austerities with him. He found these men and preached his first discourse to them in the deer park there. As a result, these men also became enlightened. It also marks the founding of the first community of monks, known as the Sangha.

The ruins of an ancient Buddhist monastery near Dhamekh Stupa in Sarnath

The ruins of an ancient Buddhist monastery near Dhamekh Stupa in Sarnath

In Sarnath, Buddha Shakyamuni taught the Four Noble Truths: suffering exists, suffering has its causes, there is an end to suffering and the way out of suffering is to practise the Dharma. Buddha Shakyamuni also prescribed the Eight-Fold Path to remove the causes of suffering:

  • The Wisdom Group – right view and right resolve
  • The Moral Virtues Group – right speech, right action and right livelihood
  • The Meditation Group – right effort, right mindfulness and right concentration
Dhamekha Stupa

Dhamekha Stupa

Several Buddhist structures were built in Sarnath between the 3rd Century BCE and the 11th Century CE. The museums and temples in Sarnath are all within walking distance from one another. Pilgrims and visitors should not miss visiting the most impressive structure in Sarnath: Dhamekha Stupa, the great stupa to commemorate the first turning of the Wheel of Dharma to Buddha Shakyamuni’s first five disciples. Many devoted Buddhists circumambulate the structure. Visitors can also visit Chaukhandi, the monuments to mark the meeting of Lord Buddha with his five former companions, the Ashokan Pillar that contains the edicts of King Ashoka, the monasteries and the Digambar Jain temple, the temple that depicts the life of Lord Mahavira.

The Ashokan Pillar

The Ashokan Pillar

How to get there?

Sarnath is located 12 kilometers from the holy Hindu city of Varanasi where many transportation services are available. Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport or Varanasi International Airport is located 24 kilometers from Varanasi and 29 kilometers from Sarnath.

The nearest major railway station is Varanasi Cantt, which is connected to most major cities in India. Long-distance buses usually arrive at the station situated across from Varanasi Cantt. From this station, you can either transfer using a local bus to Sarnath or take a taxi or rickshaw.

 

India visa requirements

To enter India, foreign nationals are required to possess a valid international travel document (i.e. passport) with a valid visa obtained from an Indian Embassy or Consulate before travelling to India. Currently, the Indian government offers two types of visas for tourists, a traditional tourist visa or an electronically issued e-tourist visa.

 

4. SRAVASTI, INDIA

Anathapindika Stupa in Sravasti

Anathapindika Stupa in Sravasti

Depiction of Buddha Shakyamuni’s miracles in Sravasti

Depiction of Buddha Shakyamuni’s miracles in Sravasti

Sravasti is the place where Buddha spent much of his monastic life, gave discourses and engaged in debates. He also began to perform a series of miracles to convince non-believers in this place. One of his most compelling miracles is when he levitated on a 1000-petalled lotus, caused flames to flare up from his shoulders and water to pour down from his feet. He then multiplied himself into an infinite number of manifestations.

There are some attractions for both pilgrims and tourists in Sravasti. Many devotees meditate under the Ananda Bodhi tree. There is a belief that by doing so, they will be blessed by the Buddha himself. It is said that when Jetavana hosted Buddha Shakyamuni and his disciples, Ananthapindika covered the ground of the park with gold coins. Buddha Shakyamuni used these coins to build a vihara (monastery) in Sravasti.

Ananda Bodhi Tree

Ananda Bodhi Tree

How to get there?

Lucknow is the nearest airport and located approximately 151 kilometers from Sravasti. From here, one can either choose a train, bus or taxi as a mode of transportation to reach the destination. If you want to take the train, the nearest railway station is in Balrampur.

 

India visa requirements

To enter India, foreign nationals are required to possess a valid international travel document (i.e. passport) with a valid visa obtained from an Indian Embassy or Consulate before travelling to India. Currently, the Indian government offers two types of visas for tourists, a traditional tourist visa or an electronically issued e-tourist visa.

 

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  1. Nithish Prakash on Feb 3, 2020 at 5:11 pm

    Really you have explained well about 4 of 8 pilgrimage sites of Buddhism. I do think it is better to add additional some sites those are very important like Rajgriha ( now Rajgir) and Nalanda, Sankisa in Uttar Pradesh.

  2. sarassitham on Oct 30, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    Thank you for listing the holy Buddhist pilgrimage sites. They were amazing, all these places had its own historical story behind. Upon looking to all the photos of the sites, I believe the strong vibration of spirituality around and the dharma practice was widely spread has Buddha’s life journey is also fascinating.

    I have always been very interested in learning and experiencing different religious practices. Throughout my life I have experienced a variety of religions through people I have met. Pilgrimage also helps to express feelings of devotion and creates a relationship with the historical figures associated with the pilgrimage site.

    Thank you for the wonderful sharing and hope to visit any of the holy site when the opportunity arose. I had a good read and blessed to discovered many valuable an important aspect buddhism.

  3. sallybigsausage on Jun 19, 2019 at 1:40 am

    this helped with by homework. thanks

  4. Lin Mun on Dec 2, 2018 at 9:06 pm

    Interesting and informative article on the holy Buddhist pilgrimage site. I am very grateful to Rinpoche for your blessing where a few friends and I have the opportunity to visit Lumbini early this year. The whole trip went so smoothly. And we now have the opportunity to engage in pilgrimage in Malaysia itself in Kechara Forest Retreat. Thank you Rinpoche for making it is convenient for everyone.

  5. Ananda on Jul 1, 2018 at 9:37 am

    You must add Rajgir , Nalanda and
    Kushinagar into this information sector,

  6. Ananda on Jul 1, 2018 at 9:35 am

    You must add Kushinagar TYour also, as you have missed it here,

  7. Irene Lim on Nov 16, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    These Buddhist power places are holy places where the natural elemental energies are particularly pure and powerful. Is is a place where it is easy for us to become ‘whole’, and to harmonise and integrate the energy of our body and mind o the gross, subtle and very subtle levels.

    To make a connection with pre energies, lands, beings and reality which is the purpose of visiting a holy place. It is just not enough to go as a tourist, we need an open heart and mind and willingness to learn in order to be able to recognise the keys to unlock into the outer and inner holy places of purity.

  8. Wan Wai Meng on Nov 13, 2016 at 1:13 am

    Pilgrimage places are power places for one to put the spark into our spiritual practices, to inspire us to be really convicted to do dharma practice and really get some results from spiritual practices.

  9. Alice Tay on Nov 10, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Novka Kuaranita sharing this interesting article about holy places to visit and how to go there.

    By visiting these 4 important and holy places, Lumbini, BodhGaya, Sarnath and Kushinagar, may the people will be inspired to the spiritual path and gain realisation.

  10. Anne Ong on Sep 28, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    Very beaautiful pilgrimage sites!!.Some of the sites that got me attracted are… 4. SRAVASTI, INDIA,3. SARNATH, INDIA,1. LUMBINI, NEPAL.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these wonderful places and information for pilgrimage. 🙂 _/\_

    • Ananda on Jul 1, 2018 at 9:41 am

      No. This is wrong it should be –
      (1) Lumbini
      (2) Bodhgaya
      (3) Sarnath
      (4) kUSHINAGAR (PLACE OF BUDDHA PARINIBBAANA)

  11. Samfoonheei on Aug 24, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    Wow…beautiful and informative article on these Holy Buddhist Pilgrimage Sites .Its great to know all about these places …a must visit for all Buddhist As these places where highly realised beings were born,engaged in extensive retreats, attained enlightenment to mention a few.May more people able to visit all the holy places , be blessed and benefited. I have not been to any of these yet ,hoping in the near future.
    Thank You RInpoche and Novka Kuaranita for sharing this wonderful post.

  12. Eric kksiow on Aug 5, 2016 at 10:10 am

    From very young age, these few holy places ( India, Tibet and Nepal ) i would like to visit for this lifetime, to do prayers and circumambulate to all the holy Buddha statues and stupas.

    Thank You RInpoche and Novka Kuaranita for the excellent information.
    _/\_

  13. Jace Chong on Aug 4, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    Thanks RInpoche and Novka Kuaranita for sharing this article about the sacred pilgrimage sites.

    I really love pilgrimages no matter the trips go to which religions’ sacred sites. It’s inspiring to read about the stories and what happened at that location spots.

    The 4 sites that mentioned in this post, I yet to visit Sravasti, the place were Buddha spent most of his monastic life there. I have the fortune to visit Lumbini, Bodh Gaya and Sarnath. The place I feel very connected to and would like to go back if I have chance is Bodh Gaya.

    After Buddha enlighten, the Buddha then spent the succeeding seven weeks at seven different spots in the vicinity meditating and considering his experience. Several specific places at the current Mahabodhi Temple relate to the traditions surrounding these seven weeks.

    The place is fulled of sincere visitors from all over the world come to experience the powerful energy that Buddha left behind.

    Thanks again. May I able to visit all 8 Holy Buddhist Pilgrimage Sites in my life _/\_

  14. Pastor Chia on Aug 4, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    I had fortunate visited Bodhgaya twice and Sarnath at Varanasi. Both palaces are lord Buddha Shaykiamuni enlightenment place and Buddha first turn the dharma wheel. At such holy place havd blessed with enlighten being aspiration player,you felt peaceful and calm when you arrived at the holy place. H.E.Tsem Tulku Rinpoche has advised us when we visit holy palace, Is good we can do purification practices,like recite 35 confessional buddha sutra, recite Vajrasattva mantra, do prostration ,circulate stupa able to help us quickly purify our body,speech and mind negative karma.

  15. June Kang on Aug 4, 2016 at 9:42 am

    《法华经》里说;“若人散乱心,入于塔庙中,一称南无佛,皆共成佛道。”所以只要曾经留有佛菩萨的圣迹,能力许可,身为佛教徒我们都应前往朝圣这些圣地,感悟佛菩萨足迹和教化及感受圣地的加持。

    对我个人来说,能够前往印度朝圣来说比任何地方更重要一点。因为是佛陀“成佛之道”的地方,希望能完成这个心愿。

    感谢这篇文章的作者提供了重要的信息和简要说明以及如何到达那里。

  16. nicholas on Aug 4, 2016 at 6:46 am

    8 Holy Buddhist Pilgrimage Sites – Part 1

    It’s interesting to be able to visit the holy places especially places where the Buddha had left his imprint of his deeds. It’s such a blessing where one visited and is an inspiration for one to gain the same potential as the holy being.

    It’s good for one to know the background of the holy place and we can set a great motivation before we go and also do some prayer when we are at this place. I understand many people would do meditation, retreat or even purification practice at such places for blessing and purification. It’s beneficial for our spiritual practice.

    This articles gave a brief explanation of the 4 important historical info and how we can get there. Very informative and beneficial article.

  17. Khoo Hou Haw on Aug 4, 2016 at 4:12 am

    Thank you for this useful article of the Holy places for pilgrimage with information of how to get there as well. I came across what Buddha had said about 4 holy places for pilgrimage and would like to share it here:

    “Lord Buddha said:

    Monks, after my passing away, if all the sons and daughters of good family and the faithful, so long as they live, go to the four holy places, they should go and remember: here at Lumbini the enlightened one was born; here at Bodhgaya he attained enlightenment; here at Sarnath he turned twelve wheels of Dharma; and here at Kushinagar he entered parinirvana.

    Monks, after my passing away there will be activities such as circumambulation of these places and prostration to them.

    Thus it should be told, for they who have faith in my deeds and awareness of their own will travel to higher states.

    After my passing away, the new monks who come and ask of the doctrine should be told of these four places and advised that a pilgrimage to them will help purify their previously accumulated negative karmas, even the five heinous actions.”

    Thank you

  18. Mingwen on Aug 3, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    These holy spots are definetely “must visit” spots, regardless of one’s religious. These places are where a great being, Buddha Shakyamuni, borned and spent his times. Personally, I would like to visit the other great beings’ dedicated places, such as Jesus Christ, Nabi Muhammad S.A.W and more. Know more about the other religious’ history, their teachings, reasons behind doing something, has no harm, but it would create an understanding among the practitioners, especially in Malaysia, a diverse country with bunch of religions. Understanding is the key to peace.

  19. Julia Tan on Aug 3, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    Back to 2600 years, Buddha took rebirth in India, gave up everything, went through all the hardship, overcome all the obstacles achieved enlightenment. Because Buddha taught the holy Dharma for 40 over years, hence Buddhism exist today. Since then countless people benefited and many became enlightened. Hence we are now being able to meet our guru, H.E. the 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche one of the enlightened gurus and learning Dharma from him.

    All these places are extremely holy and powerful for blessings and healing because from here the holy Dharma had spread to the world. Hence it’s very beneficial and meritorious to be able to lay our hands there.

    I was very fortunate to visit Lumbini with my daughter and a few Dharma brothers and sisters. It was the most meaningful and blessed trip. May I be able to visit Bodh Gaya, Sarnath and Sravasti in my life to receive the blessings.

  20. Pastor Antoinette on Aug 3, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    These are so holy places and a must for every Buddhist to visit. I have not yet been at any of these places but they are for sure on my list. I rejoice for the beautiful pictures and the many details and information to find it easy to organise one’s trip.

    Buddha’s life story is very inspiring and together with being at the same place and doing meditation and aspirational prayers is very meritorious.

    Thank you Novka Kuaranita for the article and thank You Rinpoche for giving us Dharma and providing this blog so that we can improve and improve the life of others.

  21. Pastor Henry Ooi on Aug 3, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    I have visited Lumbini twice, once by car and the other time, by air. I would highly recommend you to take a plane unless you wish to travel 7 hours on the road. And that was in a comfortable, air conditioned car driven by a Nepalese friend. The roads in Nepal are pretty ‘interesting.’ Let’s say you don’t need to go for a massage when you travel by road in Nepal. Do not visit in summer, it is scorching hot. Lumbini is a must visit holy site.

    It is the same if you plan to visit Bohdgaya, not in summer or during the rainy season. I heard the place has improved a lot since my last visit, years ago. I have also visited twice. I heard from some monks who were with me on my first visit that Bihar, the state where Bohdgaya is in, was notorious for bandits in the olden times. But not now anymore. Bohdgaya must be added into your bucket list if it still is not.

  22. pammie yap on Aug 3, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    Thank you Novka Kuaranita for such an informative post. Especially the traveling tips for people who would like to visit, like myself.

    I must say, it’s a must to visit the places mentioned above at least once in this lifetime. To be able to go there to make strong aspirations, circumambulate, meditate, prostration and most of all, to get the blessings.
    The places look so inviting and peaceful in the photos. And I am sure it is more beautiful if one is there physically.

    We are lucky that these places are well maintained and preserved after so many years. It is such an inspiration for many who are on their spiritual path.

    We are so blessed that we have Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia (http://retreat.kechara.com) to also do meditation, prostrations, circumambulations and many more.

    May all these spiritual places be well preserved and grow for many generations to come.

  23. Pastor Ong Moh Mei on Aug 3, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    Whether one is a believer or not, most people cannot deny the powerful presence and pull of historical sacred places of pilgrimage. These places seem to contain a certain energy that remained from the presence of a holy being or from the occurrence of an incident of holy nature such as Buddha achieving Enlightenment. Some people believe that visiting these sacred places can deepen one’s faith, others believe it can trigger a person’s imprint and open up certain karmic seeds that are beneficial towards one’s spiritual path.

  24. So Kin Hoe (KISG) on Aug 2, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    Thank you Novka Kuaranita and Rinpoche for sharing the important details about the holy Buddhist pilgrimage sites at Lumbini, Bodh Gaya, Sarnath and Sravasti. These information are very helpful for those pilgrims who have yet to visit the holy places. The background of each holy site is clearly described to give us the profound insights of Buddha’s teachings and historical events happened during Buddha’s time.

    May many people able to visit all the holy places and receive the blessings from Buddha to gain spiritual attainments and develop stronger aspirations to work more for Dharma.

    Thank you Rinpoche for giving us so much opportunities to learn the Dharma and Buddha’s teachings through the Dharma works carried out by Rinpoche. May Rinpoche lives long with stable health to continue to turn the wheel of Dharma to benefit many sentient beings. With the Dharma teachings continue to exist, more sentient beings can be saved from samsara.

  25. So Kin Hoe (KISG) on Aug 1, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    Thank you Novka Kuaranita and Rinpoche for sharing the important details about the holy Buddhist pilgrimage sites at Lumbini, Bodh Gaya, Sarnath and Sravasti. These information are very helpful for those pilgrims who have yet to visit the holy places.

    May many people able to visit all the holy places and receive the blessings from Buddha to gain spiritual attainments and develop stronger aspirations to work more for Dharma.

    Thank you Rinpoche for giving us so much opportunities to learn the Dharma and Buddha’s teachings through the Dharma works carried out by Rinpoche. May Rinpoche lives long with stable health to continue to turn the wheel of Dharma to benefit many sentient beings. With the Dharma teachings continue to exist, more sentient beings can be saved from samsara.

    Thank you with folded hands,
    kin hoe

  26. Sharon Ong on Jul 29, 2016 at 12:35 am

    From this post, I learnt that Buddhists visit temples and sacred places to
    1) obtain blessings
    2) look within themselves
    3) be inspired by their potential to gain higher realisations.

    Four most worthy pilgrimage sites for Buddhists where Buddha indicated that practitioners will be inspired on their own spiritual path when visiting these places:
    * Lumbini – the birthplace of Prince Siddharta Gautama who would later be known as Buddha Shakyamuni
    * Bodh Gaya – the place where Prince Siddharta Gautama reached enlightenment
    * Sarnath – the place where Buddha Shakyamuni turned the Wheel of Dharma for the first time
    * Kushinagar – the place where Buddha Shakyamuni entered Parinirvana
    Another worthy mention is Wu Tai Shan, Manjushri’s abode in China.

    Thank you for sharing this, Rinpoche. May I be able to make a trip to all these places one day soon.

  27. Pastor KH Ng on Jul 14, 2016 at 10:21 am

    Wow! These sites are a wonder to visit for Buddhist and none Buddhist alike! Lots of history and they are very beautiful.
    As Buddhists, these are places that inspires our practice and places of positive energy.
    I visited Sarnath and Bodghaya and was AMAZING!

  28. Stella Cheang on Jul 11, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    It is very auspicious for Buddhist to venerate holy sites where Buddha Shakyamuni was born, reached enlightenment, first turned the wheel of Dharma and entered Parinirvana. These four holy sites are important because Buddhism practitioners can make connection with Buddha and be inspired to gain enlightenment, and attain the qualities of the Buddha. Buddhist should, if possible, at least make a trip to these holy sites in one lifetime to plant the seed for Buddha nature to ripen.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Novka Kuaranita for this article.

    Humbly, bowing down,
    Stella Cheang

  29. Sofi on Jul 10, 2016 at 12:40 am

    Thank you Novka Kuaranita for these Buddhist holy sites for pilgrimage. I was fortunate to have the merits to visit except for Lumbini. I personally would recommend for Buddhists if they have the opportunity, to visit and make strong aspirations as we walk the sites. The Mahabodhi Temple was especially offers such an incredible sense of peace even with so many pilgrims and activities going on.

    I agree with Sock Wan and now Kechara Forest Retreat is fast becoming a place for pilgrimage, with our holy Guru and all the many holy Buddha statues around. Where an enlightened Guru lives, teaches and where dharma activities are held, it becomes holy by virtue of the merits generated within. Thanks to our Guru, H.E. the 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche for providing the merit field for our practises.

  30. Sock Wan on Jul 9, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    There are many holy Buddhist sites around Asia where one has to visit to get the blessings. Many holy beings were here before and thus these places are full of positive energy. When we visit a holy site, we must make strong aspiration, this will help to plant a strong seed in our mind. Rinpoche explained very well in the this article why we should visit holy places. https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/nepal-pilgrimage-full-videos.html

    Do you know a Lama’s resident is also a very holy site? Why? Because the works a Lama does in his residence is not secular nor mundane, they are to bring benefit to all sentient beings. It is a place full of positivity. A Lama’s organisation is like a holy Mandala, whatever work we are doing big or small, if done with the right motivation will generate merits for our spiritual practice. We are very fortunate to have Kechara in Malaysia where we can do Dharma work and progress in our spiritual practice.

  31. Fong on Jul 4, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    Going to visit these holy places would be like walking the path of the Buddha Shakyamuni. This was his journey to enlightenment 2,500 years ago. And, these places are still around meaning to say that people revere the places and path of the Buddha.

    His teachings has benefited many and that’s why people are following his teachings and paying homage to the places that he has taught. Just reading this article, has made me think about a pilgrimage to these 4 holy places.

    But then again, I think, to even be able to go on these pilgrimages require merits. I remember a trip to Nepal and we tried for 2 days to get a flight to Lumbini. Unfortunately, the weather at Lumbini was such that no planes were allowed to land. So, we had to return home without visiting Lumbini.

    So, now I think I better concentrate on my daily practices before even thinking of another pilgrimage. But, that does not mean that I do not aspire to it.

    Thank you for sharing about these holy places. It renewed an aspiration.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 9. 2022 12:46 PM
    The Great Buddha of Kamakura ,is a bronze statue of Amida Buddha, which stands on the grounds of Kotokuin Temple in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, a temple belonging to the Jodo Sect of Buddhism. Wow…. it has long been the second tallest bronze Buddha statue in Japan,with a height of 11.4 meters. It is one of Japan’s most fascinating historical landmarks where thousands of tourist from all over the world visited yearly. The statue is an iconic sight and most visited by tourist in the area. Merely looking at this huge statue tells all and a blessing indeed.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing of a BIG Buddha Statue.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/daibutsuthe-great-buddha-of-kamakura.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 9. 2022 12:45 PM
    Found this old inspiring video briefly showing our Lama HE Tsem Rinpoche ‘s life and the stories behind Kechara organization. Interesting….. Beautiful and meaningful video.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this video.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/world-peace-by-tsem-tulku-rinpoche.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 9. 2022 12:44 PM
    The Dharma Bums were a U.S. garage band, formed in 1987 in Portland, Oregon, United States. The band had performed everywhere, and sing varies of subjects travelling around the world. The best is even Dharma songs as well revolving around Tibetan culture and religion. One of the band members is a long-time student of Tibetan Buddhism. Listening to the powerful Crystal Diamond Vajra Dakini, is a blessing.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/film-tv-music/dharma-bums.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Aug 7. 2022 03:05 PM
    Interesting spiritual journey of Venerable Longlian one of the best-known students of a famous religious leader of modern China. Venerable Longlian was a talented child, at the age of four she could read, write well and was fluent in Chinese poetry. She even could recite scriptures and Buddha’s name and had visited frequently to templesqith her grandparents. Ven. Longlian studied everything from poetry to Chinese medicine under famous teachers at that time. Received teachings from Tibetan scholars as well and took initiations of the three main Gelugpa tantric deities, Vajrabhairava, Guhyasamaja and Chakrasamvara from Changkya Khutukhtu, who was one of the highest authorities in the Gelugpa school of Tibetan Buddhism. She did composed more than 1000 poems, through her years.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Shin for this interesting write up of China’s most outstanding Bhiksuni.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/ven-longlian-modern-chinas-most-outstanding-bhiksuni.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Aug 7. 2022 03:02 PM
    In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, monastic vows are for life. But somehow Ci’en temple in Zhejiang province offers three-month course and part-time vows recently. Situated in the luxurious forest, Ci’en temple a small temple remains its charm with impressive landscape and Buddhist culture. The Buddhist temple decided to offer admission to civilians who wanted to experience a monk’s life, only to be overwhelmed with applicants. It’s a small temple , hence only those were interested in Buddhism were given a chance. Participants of the program will live as monks in the temple free of charge. They will learn about Buddhist culture, read its scriptures and will also perform all Buddhist activities as arranged. It’s a good training ground to live as a monk or nun to cultivate minds.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Shin for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/ven-longlian-modern-chinas-most-outstanding-bhiksuni.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Aug 7. 2022 03:00 PM
    Ditsa Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery of Gelug sect in the Huzhu County of Qinghai province. Interesting history of this Ditsa Monastery, been shared . How the reincarnated Lama’s body has shrunk into an incorruptible adamantine body. Nobody at the monastery has realised that the reincarnated Lama was a Great Bodhisattva who came to the world for all sentient beings, but as ordinary people. Its only after the Lama had passed away. Since then the monks in Ditsa Monastery became more serious in their practice and maintained pure moral discipline. Reading this post has gave me a better understanding of that Bodhisattvas come into the world with a variety of manifestations as explained by Rinpoche. Set as a reminder to devote ourselves to our teacher with sincerity and respect and everyone we encounter.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-miraculous-vajrayogini-of-ditsa-monastery.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Aug 4. 2022 12:19 PM
    Lama Ole Nydahl is a Buddhist teacher and author in the tradition of the Karma Kagyu lineage. After years of studying Buddhist teachings and meditating , he was ask to go back to the West set up Buddhist centers. He was also the founder of over 600 Buddhist centers worldwide. As advice by his teacher the 16th Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje whom he met at Kathmandu, Nepal he founded the first Buddhist center in the west. Had studied and took many more initiations under many highly attained Lamas such as Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Gyaltsab Rinpoche, Ogyen Tulku Rinpoche and so on.He was also the founder of over 600 Buddhist centers worldwide. Since then, he has travelled worldwide giving lectures, leading meditation courses and guiding Buddhist centers . Lama Ole is the author of several books and is one of the best known western Buddhist teachers. Through his activities the Karma Kagyu lineage is one of the most popular Buddhist traditions in the West. Lama Ole Nydahl received the transmission of the Phowa teachings from highest Tibetan masters and is today the most significant teacher of this practice in the Western world. Interesting biography .
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/lama-ole-nydahl.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Aug 4. 2022 12:18 PM
    Meditation on death awareness is one of the oldest practices in all Buddhist traditions. Buddhist meditation practice of remembering that death can strike at anytime and anywhere. We should practice diligently and with urgency in every moment, even in the time it takes to draw one breath. Over the centuries Buddhism has evolved many different techniques such as mindfulness, loving-kindness and visualisation. Death awareness can serve as a real aid to practice, the importance of using every moment wisely, while we still have the time.
    Reading this article again to refresh , it’s a profound teachings one should read and understand it what is all about. All it take us 10 minutes of our time to do the practice.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/ten-minutes.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Aug 4. 2022 12:15 PM
    So blessing seeing all those beautiful Tara at Kechara . Walking through the Tara walk feeling the calmness as if we are walking into the wilderness of a forest . One will surely feels it , all due the kindness of our Lama Tsem Rinpoche , sponsors and those involved in this meritorious project.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/21-taras-of-tara-walk.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Aug 1. 2022 02:33 PM
    n Buddhism, there are a variety of attitudes towards different forms of fasting . According to Buddhist tradition, Buddha’s holy form as the ‘Fasting Buddha’ serves as a reminder for us and inspiration of Buddha’s difficult journey to achieve enlightenment. Fasting Buddha Shakyamuni fasted for forty-nine days under the bodhi tree while subjecting his body to extreme conditions to achieve enlightenment. Although it is believed that the Buddha endured great agony because of prolonged fasting, he never gave up and had used the challenges to justify abandoning his spiritual pursuit. Interesting read. Looking at all those images of Fasting Buddha tells all.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing ….a reminder all of us nor matter what happen , never give up in our spiritual journey.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/fasting-buddha.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Aug 1. 2022 02:32 PM
    Reading this again, its worth as great teachings by great Masters and looking at those rare pictures is a blessings. More over listening the powerful Holy voices of HH Kyabje Zong Rinpoche is indeed rare and precious. Merely by hearing HH Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s voices and teachings is a blessings too. For everyone at the hall understands all about the Dharma Protector after hearing HH Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s explanations. The truth is the truth and it cannot be wrong. Interesting read with precious pictures tell us a thousands words. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s advice on Dorje Shugden’s Practice with Chinese, Japanese, Nepali and Spanish subtitles is incredible so many more people will come to know the thruth.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this great sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/kyabje-zong-rinpoches-advice-on-dorje-shugdens-practice.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Aug 1. 2022 02:30 PM
    They always say time changes things, yes true enough time has changed the view of many regarding the Dorje Shugden controversy. Finally we are allowed to practise Dorje Shugden. HH Dalai Lama was at Bodhgaya said that if people wish to practise Dorje Shugden would be fine for them. Great news indeed. H H Dalai Lama had said openly about Dorje Shugden .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/we-thank-his-holiness-the-dalai-lama.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 28. 2022 01:58 PM
    Wow…. Very special indeed seeing this Vajrayogini statue given to our Lama H E Tsem Rinpoche by a young Malaysian in Bodhgaya, India. More ever given at the most sacred place, under the sacred Bodhi tree. That’s wonderful and it was later consecrated by Kensur Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery. Hence this Vajrayogini statue is very blessed and special . Merely looking at this special Vajrayogini statue is a blessing.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/bodhi-tree-vajra-yogini.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 28. 2022 01:56 PM
    Pictures of His Holiness 16th Karmapa with His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche tells a thousand words. Karmapa is Chenresik , while Trijang Rinpoche is Vajra Yogini. This is a true display of spirituality of two greatest masters of Tibetan Buddhism. They are really close together and have a good relationship just for benefit of beings regardless of the traditions they belong as such as Gelupa or Karmapa. Together they even cross incarnation each other, working together for the growth of Dharma. We are fortunate to see this rare photo of this Great Dharma Master.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/mind-blowing-connections-between-two-high-lamas.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 28. 2022 01:56 PM
    Venerable Geshe Thupten a Tibetan great scholars and master from the Gelug tradition and was one of the pioneers who founded Tibetan schools in exile. He has upheld the lineage of Lord Buddha’s liberating teachings as well as continued his practice of Dorje Shugden. The Supreme Path to the Trikaya, text of quintessential Dharma was written by Geshe Thupten Lama. In the texts a very detailed explanations on the practice of the Six Paramitas or the Six Perfections, and other beneficial Dharma treasures was written. Geshe Thupten Lama has worked tirelessly for the Tibetan government in exile yet labelled as a spy. All because he has written a letter to HH Dalai Lama and expressing his view openly regarding the practice of Dorje Shugden. Reading this again more understandings and truth revealed. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this great sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-supreme-path-to-the-trikaya.html

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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
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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 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
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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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
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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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Siew Hong came with a basket of fruits while Choong, who is expert in baking offered tormas today for our Swift Return Puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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Committed and hardworking Kechara Penang members, Mr. Tang and Mr. Huey. Really appreciate having you both at our weekly puja . Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
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In 2021, we've encountered far too many challenges—Pandemic, months-long lockdown, landslide, and flood. We are proud to witness Malaysians helping one another as these agonies come sequentially. Looking back to 2021, Kechara Soup Kitchen has made significant progress, with more to come in 2022. Every year, we move a little closer to our vision. We are immensely thankful to have such dedicated teams of volunteers willing to go above and beyond for our clients. Not to mention our sponsors and donors; none of this would have been possible without you. Thank you. Thank you for being you. Thank you for helping the underprivileged to a better future. Have a blessed year ahead from our hearts to your hearts. #2022 #newyear #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
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Ipoh members were taking turns to offer Serkym and lights to Dorje Shugden. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Ipoh members were taking turns to offer Serkym and lights to Dorje Shugden. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Kechara Ipoh members were preparing for Dorje Shugden puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 4th Dec 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Jun, our new Ipoh member, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden & The Three Jewels. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Mexico 91,758
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