I must confess with being ashamed of myself that I had not had a strong consciousness and genuine interest of being a Buddhist or in Buddhism till recently. For a lazy person myself, who is lacking knowledge in everything, visiting Buddhagaya was a part of extended tourism.
However, something has changed in me since I made to the Mahabodhi Tree where Lord Buddha enlightened. The way too tinier than I had anticipated, the bodhi tree emitted an ethereal glow that lit up my mind, and I felt like I was led to find out the true self of being a Buddhist and even the significance of my existence.
Mahabodhi Temple stands amidst the dusty townscape, where immediately outward is an overwhelming Hindu world in the middle of a harsh condition of Bihari countryside towns. Nevertheless, sitting in the temple premises, one can feel specific, pure tranquillity among the silent pilgrims in all races came from all over the world.
It was as if a crisp October breeze blew in Buddhagaya, some slightest inspiration came into my subconscious and stirred my spirit. I felt a subtle force inside me. If I dare to describe what exactly happened in words, it was something made me strongly understand that living life means nothing but savouring the moment. Nothing close to this kind of feeling had ever occurred to me in my life until then. Visiting Buddhagaya at this stage of my life was thus correct.
I wished my late father could have made it to Buddhagaya when he was alive.
I hardly spotted a Japanese tourist during our stay, but many Thai and Myanmar pilgrims.
Next time when I am here, I want to extend my trip to other pilgrimage places, including Lumbini in Nepal, where Lord Buddha was born, and Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh, where he entered nirvana.
:: ASKSiddhi articles on Patna and Buddhagaya visit ::
Trip to NIT Patna: The Report 15 Oct 2018
10月9日、ビハール州のNITパトナで講義します 07 Oct 2018
プネーからパトナへ、1400キロメートルをひとっ飛び 08 Oct 2018
パトナNITでの講義の模様、クイックレポート：「日本で博士研究したい」 09 Oct 2018
ブッダガヤーのマハーボーディ寺院で、何もかもを飲み込むような圧倒的なインド世界を想う 10 Oct 2018
心の故郷にただいま、ブッダガヤー1泊2日滞在記 11 Oct 2018
心の故郷ブッダガヤー1泊2日訪問記：写真編 12 Oct 2018
インディラ・ガーンディー国際空港ターミナル3の様子、機内食、その他あれこれ：写真編 13 Oct 2018
ビハール州パトナとブッダガヤーを訪問して：まとめ 14 Oct 2018
1 パトナNITでの講義の模様、クイックレポート：「日本で博士研究したい」 09 Oct 2018
2 ブッダガヤーのマハーボーディ寺院で、何もかもを飲み込むような圧倒的なインド世界を想う 10 Oct 2018
3 ビハール州パトナとブッダガヤーを訪問して：まとめ 14 Oct 2018
4 シャー・ルク・カーンまたしても米国入国時に拘束、さすがのスター的あしらい 12 Aug 2016
5 インディラ・ガーンディー国際空港ターミナル3の様子、機内食、その他あれこれ：写真編13 Oct 2018