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Blogging from Buddhaland #6

Nalanda and the Bamboo Grove October 27 – 28, 2008 A short ride from Rajgir, one arrives at Nalanda, where is found the vast red brick ruins of a great Buddhist university, and one of the first institutions of higher learning in the world, dating back to 400 AD. Flourishing under Emperor Harsha in the […]

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Blogging from Buddhaland #5

Rajgir & Vulture Peak October 26, 2008 [Click photos for a closer look.] The sunlight was barely discernible as we boarded the musty buses in Bodghaya for what became a six hour trip to Rajgir.  A bridge on the main road between the two cities, only 30 miles apart, was inexplicably closed and thus the […]

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Blogging from Buddhaland #4

Sujata’s Village – Bodhgaya October 24 – 25 Bodhgaya is the most holy, best known, and undoubtedly the most dangerous stop on the Buddhist pilgrimage route in Bihar- the poorest state of India that takes its name from the Sanskrit word vihara, or Buddhist monastery. India’s highest cultural achievements in math, science, astronomy, philosophy, and […]

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Blogging from Buddhaland #3

Under the Bodhi Tree with Thich Nhat Hanh Bodhgaya – October 21-22 Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay) looked amazingly refreshed on the heels of a 7 hour bus ride from Banaras to Bodhgaya, site of the Bodhi Tree under which the Buddha sat until he had achieved his long sought enlightenment.  Accompanied by a delegation of […]

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Blogging from Buddhaland #2

The Four Noble Inter-Truths Thich Nhat Hanh at Sarnath, October 21-22, 2008 No fewer than 50 monks and nuns from Plum Village, and another 50 more monks from the local Tibetan Institute, as well as 200 lay members of his delegation, and other lucky onlookers sat on the landscaped lawn opposite the imposing Dhamek Stupa […]

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New Delhi, India – October 19-20 India is an assault to the senses from the moment you land– the worn enclosed walkway on the jetport as you deplane seems unchanged from the first days of jet travel, and the unmistakable acrid smell of insecticide and industrial cleaning solvent are the first welcome to the paradox […]

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