Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Welcome to "Enlightenment Grove," India (video)

Mel Van Dusen; DOI; FT; Lonely Planet edited by Ashley Wells, Dhr. Seven, Wisdom Quarterly
The Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya, India a visual tour of the site of the historical Buddha's great enlightenment under the bodhi (Ficus religiosa, fig, pipal, banyan) tree
The Buddha's "Enlightenment Day" was the same day as his birth and passing: Vesak
(Fenixtrip) "Enlightenment Grove," or Bodh Gaya, was where Siddhartha woke up to reality under the bodhi tree to become the Buddha. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a popular place of pilgrimage for visitors from all over the world.

The center of Buddhism, "Enlightenment Grove" or Bodh Gaya, is where the Ascetic Siddhartha attained his "Great Enlightenment."

Mahabodhi Temple and remnant of tree
This Maha Bodhi took place beneath the bodhi (enlightenment) tree. He thereby became the Buddha, the "Enlightened/Awakened One," ~2,600 years ago.

In terms of blessedness, this tiny temple town is to Buddhists what Mecca is to Muslims or Jerusalem to Christians.

(Discovery of India) Bodh Gaya is the most famous and holy place for followers of Buddhism the world over. It is where the Buddha Gautama, Shakyamuni, is thought to have reached enlightenment on a platform (bodhi-mandala) under what came to be called the bodhi tree.

Tibetan monks meditate, Maha Bodhi Temple
Not surprisingly, it attracts tens of thousands of pilgrims from around the world every year.

They come for meditation, study, prayer, personal sacrifice, enlightenment, as the fruition of a spiritual pilgrimage or quest. More

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