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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Bodh Gaya: Temples

 Bodh Gaya is one of the major pilgrimage places of Buddhism, perhaps the most significant. Therefore, one would expect that this would be considered a sacred space and an auspicious site for temples and monasteries.

Following is a selection of a few in the area.

First off is the Root Institute, a terrific resource with ongoing teachings, two lovely gompas (one large, one small). The Root is a flagship institution of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) under the spiritual direction of Lama Zopa Rinpoche. It's also a socially engaged center, as well:

Memorial stupas. A beautiful place to meditate on impermanence.

One huge prayer wheel!

Vajrasattva/Dorje Sempa

Green Tara/Drolma

This statue of Nagarjuna is now finished. But here it is being painted.
This is the entrance to the meditation hall of the Nyingma monastery next to the Heritage Hotel. 
 Following are shots of the Thai temple which is pretty breathtaking.

Apologies for the blur, but this will have to do until I can get back there.

Switching gears, this is the interior of the Nyingma Monastery's gompa with Shakyamuni to the left, Buddha Amitabha center and Guru Rinpoche on the right.

Another blurry Shakyamuni!

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