Holy Places of the Buddha Crystal Mirror 9 (Crystal Mirror by Elizabeth Cook

By Elizabeth Cook

An illustrated consultant to the 8 holy areas of the Buddha - Lumbini, Bodh Gaya, Sarnath, Kushinagara, Shravasti, Samkashya, and Vaishali - and the six Dharma areas of the Sotuh Asian subcobntinent.

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Although little remains to be seen at many of the sites described in this book, the holy places still have much to teach us. It is helpful to appreciate the centuries of devotion to enlightenment the holy places represent and to understand the transformative power expressed _in the art and architecture of Buddhist India. If we can evoke the quality of this devotion and experience its 1. John Huntington. "Pilgrimage as Image: The Cult of the A~ta­ mahapratiharya, Part 1," in Orientations 18:4 (April 1987), pp.

Even if we cannot achieve realization ourselves, we can support and promote the realization of others. Introduction xxxi What else that we might accomplish in this transitory life could be of equal significance? Because there is so much to be gained from such practice, we encourage all Westerners to pay tribute to the sacred places of the Dharma and express our wish that all Tibetans who follow the Dharma also honor the holy places. Such acts of reverence and appreciation will benefit our Nyingma lineage and also all schools of Buddhism, for all followers of the Dharma share the same origins, and we can all-show our respect to the holy places in the same way.

This site, located near the bank of the Banganga River (formerly known as the Bhagirathi River), was proposed as the location of Kapilavastu as early as 1901. Excavations at Tilaurakot have revealed extensive remains of ancient stiipas, monasteries, and shrines. Seals recently found at Tilaurakot indicate that the remains of two stiipas discovered there were known in Gupta times as the stiipas of Suddhodana and Mayadev1, the Buddha's father and mother. However, final identification will require more complete excavation and research.

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