India
Bodh Gaya

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  • Day199

    Bodhgaya

    November 21, 2017 in India ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Took a short flight to Gaya then a tuk-tuk to Bodhgaya.
    According to Buddhist belief, Bodhgaya is where the Buddha attained enlightenment while meditating under a Bodhi tree. Now, this small town is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Buddhists from around the world.
    We’d visited here before and attended an introduction to Buddhism course ~8 years ago. Having enjoyed it, we decided to return to the same monastery/temple for another retreat – this time for teachings about the human mind.
    Over 4 days, with participants observing silence, we meditated a few times a day and attended a Tibetan monk’s lectures discussing Buddhist’s concept of ‘what is the mind’. The summary, following several days of esoteric discussion on the nature of the human mind - and probably the bottom line for most Buddhist teachings - was: BE NICE (god-dammit!!) or your mind will not be at peace. The monk did not say ‘god-dammit!’ we added that for comedic value. Clearly we still have a ways to go on our dharmic road.
    Accommodation at the Root Institute was very basic, but clean. Unfortunately, there were lots of huge mosquitos since in Buddhism it’s forbidden to kill or harm any living being. Fortunately we had a large lizard in our room, which hid behind a portrait of the Dalai Lama and helped to keep the mosquito count down.
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  • Day189

    Buddha's enlightenment

    February 5 in India ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Bodhgaya is the most important pilgrim place for all Buddhists around the world. Here beneath a bodhi tree Prince Siddartha found his way to enlightenment through meditation and became Buddha.
    Wandering through its streets, temples and monasteries we met a lot of inspiring people. We both felt really sick and ill the first time for a longer period. So it was Sven (a nice belgian guy following tibetian Buddhism) who taught us that sickness in Bodhgaya is a positive sign and the healing energy of this holy city will make us even stronger :)

    The best moments we spent together with Dinu and his heartful family. We played and danced with the kids whenever possible. Dinu explained us a lot about the village aswell as Buddha's life. The doors were always open for a chai, chat or some holy milkrice. We came as friends and left as family members. Thank you so much brother!
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Buddh Gaya, Bodhgaya, Bodh Gaya, বুদ্ধ গয়া, বোধ গয়া, Bódhgaja, بوده گایا, बोधगया, Bodh-Gaja, ブッダガヤ, ಬೋಧ್ ಗಯಾ, 부다가야, Bodhgaja, ဗုဒ္ဓဂါယာ, बोद्ध गया, Bodh Gaja, Бодх-Гая, බුද්ධගයා, புத்தகயா, พุทธคยา, 菩提伽耶

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