Preparing for Pilgrimage in India
by Ven S. Dhammika
Suggested Itineraries: I suggest one of two itineraries, both circular routes from Delhi and back again. The first will allow you to go to the main destinations while the second is for the more enthusiastic pilgrim who wants to see more or all of the known places associated with the Buddha and his disciples. Taking the first itinerary, you will go from Delhi to Sarnath, Bodh Gaya, Rajgir, Nalanda, Patna, Vesali, Kusinara, Lumbini, Kapilavatthu, Savatthi and then return to Delhi; ten places altogether.
Pilgrimage to Sri Lanka
By MAJORIE CHIEW, The Star, March 27, 2007
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- To a group of devotees on a recent eight-day pilgrimage to Sri Lanka, the trip was no ordinary sightseeing tour of beautiful temples and ancient cities. We learnt about the country’s historical background and the places related to the Lord Buddha.
by JARUNEE TAEMSAMRAN, Bangkok Post, June 9, 2005
Seoul, South Korea -- Dressed in loose grey robes like those worn by monks in South Korea, we clearly looked out of sorts. Feeling funny, we giggled unabashed and then decided to pose for a group photo that we thought would keep alive our memories of this temple tour in the years to come.
Ladakh - the land of Vajrayana Buddhism
by Rohan L. Jayetilleke, Lanka Daily News, Feb 2, 2005
Leh, Ladakh (India) -- With the holding of the Second Buddhist Council by Monks of Vaisali, known as Vajjaputtakas, the Maha Sangha came to be divided into twelve sects. Vajrayana and Mahayana were two of such sects. In Ladakh, Vajrayana persisted even after the Buddhist missions of Emperor Asoka.
In and around Lumbini
Story by NISSARA HORAYANGURA, Bangkok Post, Nov 9, 2004
Lumbini, Nepal -- Architect Kenzo Tange's master plan for Lumbini's development is large in scope - it covers an area of 2.56 square kilometres - yet minimalist in terms of aesthetics. It avoids the erection of monumental structures and is instead heavy on symbolism.