“BUDDHISM, A PATH TO ENLIGHTENMENT”
Buddhism is a path for transforming the mind, for going from ignorance to wisdom, from self-centeredness to altruism and compassion. The mind is the source of all happiness and it is also the sources of the experience of suffering. Buddhism offers methods to free the mind from delusion and harmful mental states such as hatred, obsession, jealousy and pride. The buddhist teaching are very vast and encompass both philosophical views and spiritual practice aimed at dispelling and erroneous view of reality and uprooting the very causes of suffering
“PLACES ASSOCIATED WITH BUDHA’S LIFE:“
- LUMBINI (NEPAL): Birthplace of the Buddha
- BODHGAYA: Site of Buddha’s Enlightenment
- SARNATH: First turning of the Wheel of Dharma
- RAJGIR: Second turning of the Wheel of Dharma
- NALANDA: Site of the great monastic university
- SRAVASTI: Teachings in the Jetavana Grove
- KUSHINAGAR: Where Buddha entered Mahaparinirvana
- SANKASYA: Sankasya is where the Buddha, together with Brahma and Indra, descended to earth from the Trayastrimsa heaven after preaching to his deceased mother, Mayadevi.
- VAISALI: Records indicate that the Buddha made several visits to Vaisali for the purpose of preaching to the monastic community (sangha) and setting down many instructions and rules (suttas).
BUDDHIST CIRCUIT TOURIST TRAIN: THE MAHAPARINIRVAN EXPRESS
The Mahaparinirvan Express is a special tourist train that takes passengers on a spiritual tour through Buddhist India, where Buddhism originated more than 2,500 years ago.
The train gets its name from the Mahaparinirvana Sutra, which contains the Buddha's final explanation of his teachings. Its sacred journey includes visits to the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites of Lumbini (where the Buddha was born), Bodhgaya (where he became enlightened), Varanasi (where he first preached), and Kusinagar (where he passed away and achieved nirvana).