Practical Pilgrim

Magazine History & Philosophy

The Roots of Enlightenment

A traveller’s guide to Bodh Gaya, the site of the Buddha’s Awakening BODH GAYA IS Buddhism’s Mecca, Vatican, and Wailing Wall. Among the eight great Buddhist pilgrimage sites in India, Bodh Gaya is the most visited. But unlike the holy places of those other faiths, the great center of the Buddhist world revolves around not […]

By Allan Hunt Badiner

Magazine

Borscht Belt Buddhism

Soon after Shakyamuni began ordaining disciples, he instituted the practice of an annual rainy-season retreat (called varshika, or “belonging to the rains”), during which the community ceased its wandering and settled down to meditate.

By Rande Brown
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