||BUDDHA AND BUDDHISM
||Buddha gave his first discourse on four noble truths at Sarnath,
1. Suffering (Unsatisfaction)
2. The origin of suffering (craving for selfish desire).
3. The cessation of suffering (Nirvana).
4. The way leading to cessation of suffering (The noble eight fold path).
Suffering is Birth, Diseases, Old age, Death, not getting what one desires
or getting what one does not desires. The origin of suffering is however
craving (selfish desires) which is a result of ignorance. Nirvana (Cessation
of Suffering) can be achieved by extinction of craving, greed, hate and
delusion & consummation in peace and understanding. To achieve this
he suggested 'the noble eight fold path.' These are understanding, thought,
speech, action, livelihood, action, mindfulness, concentration.
If we wish to have inner peace, if we wish to live in a peaceful world,
here and now & in the future, we must abandon the causes of suffering
and cultivate love and understanding.
He also preached five percepts or rules of conduct:
1. Abstain from intentionally harming living beings.
2. Abstain from taking what is not given.
3. Abstain from sexual misconduct.
4. Abstain from lying & unkind speech.
5. Abstain from intoxiting drinks and drugs.
Loving Kindness Meditation May I be well and happy, May you be well and
happy, May all beings be well and happy Peace, Peace, Peace.
Destinations Covered :
Delhi - Lucknow -
Sravasti - Lumbini - Kushinagar - Varanasi - Bodhgaya - Patna
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Delhi / Lucknow / Sravasti
Leave Delhi by flight or train for Lucknow arrive Lucknow, meeting and assistance
and straight proceed to Sravasti by bus / car (170 kms). Arrive Sravasti, transfer
to hotel. Overnight in Sravasti.
Day 2 -
Sravasti / Lumbini
at hotel. Morning visit Sahet Mahet, capital of ancient Kingdom of Kosala, Jetvana
Vihar & Buddhist temples. Leave Sravasti for Lumbini (in Nepal, 225 kms).
Arrive Lumbini, transfer to hotel. Overnight in Lumbini.
where Lord Buddha was Born.
Day 3 -
visit Mayadevi temple, Ashokan Pillar & stupas. Leave Lumbini for Kushinagar
(161 kms.). Arrive Kushinagar, transfer to hotel. Overnight in Kushinagar
The place where Buddha entered perfect tranquillity the
state of MahaPariNirvana.
Day 4 -
Kushinagar / Varanasi
visit MahaPariNirvana temple & Ramabhar Stupa (cremation place of Lord Buddha).
After breakfast leave Kushinagar for Varanasi (260 kms), On arrival transfer
to hotel. Overnight in Varanasi.
the place where Lord Buddha preached First Sermon
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Day 5 -
Varanasi / Bodhgaya
morning boat ride on river Ganges to see the Bathing & Cremation Ghats.
Breakfast at hotel. Morning city sightseeing tour visiting Bharat Mata temple,
and Banaras Hindu University. Leave Varanasi for Bodhgaya (242 kms), enroute
visiting Sarnath- The buried Buddhist city where Lord Buddha gave his First
Sermon. Visit Buddhist temple, Stupas, Museum and ruins. On arrival at Bodhgaya,
transfer to hotel. Overnight in Bodhgaya
the place where Lord Buddha attained Enlightenment under the
sacred Bodhi Tree.
Day 6 -
Bodhgaya / Patna
at hotel. Morning visit Mahabodhi Temple. Leave Bodhgaya for Patna enroute visiting
Rajgir & Nalanda. Rajgir is a site of great sanctity and significance for
Buddhists. Afternoon visit Gridhakuta Hill, Bimbisara jail. Drive to Nalanda
which is 14 kms drive and it was one of the oldest University of the World &
International Centre for Buddhist Studies. Drive to Patna which is 90 kms, on
arrival at Patna transfer to railway station / airport to connect train / flight
Day 7 -
Delhi / Onward destination
Leave Delhi for onward destination.
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