Walk in the Footsteps of the Buddha
Wether you are a Buddhist or world traveler, this trip combines pilgrimage with historical perspectives on the Buddhas culture and teachings. This journey ingredients of a truly transformative experience to expand consciousness and deepen you understanding This is an opportunity explore the Buddha's life and what he taught while standing in the places where his words changed the world. The Buddha himself suggested that it would be of great benefit for devoted followers to visit four prominent sites where he lived and taught including: Lumbini, in present day southern Nepal where he was born; Bodh Gaya where he attained enlightenment; Sarnath where he delivered his first discourse after his enlightenment; and Kushinagar where he died.
The Buddha discovered the way to overcome suffering and bringing happiness to the individuals, families, and world more then 2600 years ago. Before he died, He suggested that it would be of great benefit to those that practiced the Dhamma to make a pilgrimage to the places associated with his life. On this journey we touch a culture and civilization that are both ancient and contemporary. We take an inner and an outer journey through a fascinating and mysterious India in air conditioned comfort.
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With Ven. Bhante Vimalaramsi
Bhante will offer daily presentation of selected discourses by the Buddha at each landmark site where the Buddha spoke the original teachings.
On our first day at Sarnath, the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta will be read and discussed. Also known as the Setting in Motion of the Wheel of the Dhamma or Dharmachakra Sutra, it is considered to be a record of the first teaching given by Gautama Buddha after he attained enlightenment.
According to tradition, the Buddha gave this teaching in Sarnath, India, to the "five ascetics", his former companions with whom he had spent six years practicing austerities. The main topic of this sutra is the Four Noble Truths, which are the central teachings of Buddhism that provide a unifying theme, or conceptual framework, for all of Buddhist thought. This sutra also introduces the Buddhist concepts of the Middle Way, impermanence, and as dependent origination or dependent arisings.
Day 1: New Deii Orientation
Day 1&2 Varanasi & Sarnath:
Day 4&5 Bodhgayā:
Day 6 Rajgir (Rajagaha):
Day 7 Vaishali & Kushinagar:
Day 8 Kapilavastu & Lumbinī:
Day 9: Sravasti
Day 10; Agra
Day 11 Return to New Deli