|Us vs. them - our driver decided to turn around and |
drive against the flow of traffic. This was the result.
On the 12th, we (Me, Sandeep, Veera, Cindy) arrived in Gaya, a few hours late, which was okay because both the people (Chris and Riya) on the trains we were to meet were several hours late as well. We checked into a hotel and went to the tree for evening meditation.
|Maha Bodhi Cetiya, Bodh Gaya|
|Maha Bodhi Cetiya in the morning light|
|Throngs vying to get into the |
tiny cave - torture in itself
|Harmony under the bodhi tree|
|Sri Lankans in the Maha Bodhi society temple, Saranath|
|Panoramic view of the Ganga river ghats - Varanasi|
|Under the iconic Dhammek Stupa|
|Smiling, Happy People|
|Lots of Smiling, Happy People|
|Pictures inside the Buddha's birthplace are forbidden for some reason. |
This monk scolded me right after this picture was taken. Now he's on the Internet.
|Those bricks on the bottom left are all that's |
left of the great gate of renunciation.
|The peace of enlightenment|
|Kids playing cricket.|
|Kesariya Cetiya in the early morning mist.|
|Somehow managed to snap a picture of Gijjhakuta without any |
people. It was much more busy than this makes it look.
|The long and winding staircase to the Saptaparni Caves|
24th went early to the tree, meditation, then almsround. Almsround in Bodh Gaya consists of circumambulating the cetiya with your almsbowl - two-for-one puja :) Got a full bowl of food, donated it to the Burmese monks, got a blessing. 25th another alms round, then flew back to Bangkok.
|Random image of me with some kid. |
He touched my face, I touched his back. Pictures were taken.
Also, kudos to my fellow pilgrimees for being awesome; small pligrimagings made up of dedicated meditators are definitely the best.
|Panorama of awesome meditators|
In Chiang Mai, heading to Chom Tong and maybe Mae Hong Son. Hopefully will finalize a means of broadcasting live audio talks to our meditation app soon and set up a schedule for talks. Would be a nice accent to our meditation sessions, I think.
Blessings all, best wishes, be well!