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Dalai Lama: Most-Photographed Man Prepares to Retire

Bodh Gaya, India. The 14th Dalai Lama, known to his followers for having a charismatic personality and universal values, is actually named Tenzin Gyatso.   Dalai Lamas are the most influential figures – Pope-like – in the Gelugpa line of Tibetan Buddhism.   Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, the current Dalai Lama is also […]

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Under the Bodhi Tree in Bodh Gaya Where the Prince Became The Buddha

Bodh Gaya — the place of Gautama Buddha’s enlightenment under a Bodhi tree considered the most sacred place in Buddhism — is not much to look at upon arrival.  Flat, dusty – I could be in Haiti.  I was amused on the flight here when I realized that Buddhists come in two classes: business and economy.  The […]

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Next Step of Indian Pilgrimage: Vultures’ Peak Where Buddha Preached

Rajgir, India.  Following several days in Bodh Gaya, where Buddha obtained enlightenment under the tree, we continue our pilgrimage to another holy site of Buddhism: Rajgir.  One of eight great places of the traditional Buddhist pilgrimage, Rajgir is located in a green valley surrounded by rocky hills. Here and nearby, especially at Vultures’ Peak, many important […]

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Photo Essay of Bodh Gaya, India Where Buddha Became Enlightened

Bodh Gaya, India.  I am in Bodh Gaya, in the state of Bihar, India where Siddhartha Gautama obtained enlightenment under the Bodhi tree.  I am a pilgrim following in The Buddha’s footsteps across eastern India and attending the gigantic Kalachakra here.  Bodh Gaya is a sleepy historic enclave of about 50,000 – swelled this week to what some have […]

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Following the Footsteps of the Buddha Across North East India

Americans have been flocking to India in search of enlightenment since before America was founded. Europeans, too, the conscientious objector E.M. Forster and psychoanalytic Herman Hesse among them. So my trip — my pilgrimage — to follow in the footsteps of Buddha across Northeastern India is nothing new. Except that it promises to be transformational to one person: me. […]

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