Introduction to Buddhism in India:
Two of the most prominent qualities associated with Buddhism are compassion and loving-kindness. It is important to cultivate these qualities and integrate them into one’s daily life.
The no 7 article explores the two main Buddhist approaches to meditation – samatha (calm) and vipassana (insight), with particular emphasis on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness.
The sixth in this series of ten articles introduces some key Buddhist concepts. These are
impermanence, suffering, not-self and dependent origination. This fifth in a series of ten articles looks at the five precepts, the bedrock of the Buddhist moral code. It also touches on two specific moral issues – abortion and voluntary euthanasia. This fourth in a series of ten articles examines two key concepts: karma and rebirth. Both are very important to understanding Buddhism’s moral dimension. The essence of the Buddha’s teaching is encapsulated in the Four Noble Truths: the Noble Truth of Suffering, the Noble Truth of the Origin of Suffering, the Noble Truth of the Extinction of Suffering, and the Noble Truth of the Path that leads to the Extinction of Suffering. This second in a series of articles explores the life of the Buddha.
Detailed Itinerary of Buddhist India Tour :
DAY- 01 DELHI
Arrival in Delhi. Transfer to hotel. Overnight stay at hotel
Morning transfer to airport to board flight to patna. Upon arrival transfer to Bodhgaya. Overnight stay at hotel.
Full day for religious activities at the Mahabodhi Temple – where Gautam Buddha got the supreme enlightenment under a Bodhi tree 25 centuries ago. The 55m high temple is substantially the same temple that existed in the 7th century.
Overnight stay a hotel.
DAY 04 BODHGAYA-RAJGIR-NALANDA-PATNA
After breakfast, drive to Patna covering a distance of (150 kms / 3 hours). En route visit Rajgir – the town where Buddha meditated and preached. Here at Gridharkuta Hill, visit the monastry Venuvan Vihar, built by King Bimbisar as an offering to Buddha, also visit Nalanda – the great Buddhist university which came up after Buddha passed into Mahaparinirvana, on arrival check into the hotel at Patna. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast, drive towards kushinagar (en route visit Vaishali – the town Buddha visited on three occasions and where he announced his approaching Nirvana. Visit the monasteries. Later drive to Gorakhpur and check in at hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
After breakfast drive to Lumbini covering a distance of (161 kms. / 4 hours). On arrival check in the hotel. After fresh-up proceed for sight seeing tour of Lumbini where you will see the Ashoka Pillar, Sacred Pond, Maya Devi Temple, Temple of Lords and the ruins of an old Monastery. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast, drive to Sravasti via Kapilavastu, the place where Buddha spent his early childhood (240 kms. / 7-8 hours). Afternoon – sight seeing tour of Sravasti, the capital of the ancient kingdom of Kosala. Overnight at hotel
After breakfast drive to Varanasi to catch flight to Delhi. Upon arrival Delhi, transfer to International airport to board flight to onward destination.