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Phrapalad Thanwa reads from Buddhist scriptures during the Buddha statue consecration ceremony

For years, I’d been searching for a bronze Buddha statue to place on my home altar. I knew the pose I preferred, the one known as Calling The Earth to Witness....

Auspicious Buddhist Symbols on the Roof of Phuntsoling Monastery in Tibet

On day seven of my overland journey through Tibet, we turned off the main highway and followed a narrow lane to the remote Phuntsoling Monastery. This little-known monastery was built in...

Tibetan monastic debate at Sera Monastery in Lhasa, Tibet

They lunged, red robes flying and prayer beads swinging. They clapped hands loudly in the faces of their partners. Forefingers shook in front of noses and voices were raised. This sea...

Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya, is the site of the Bodhi Tree beneath which Buddha attained enlightenment

It started with a single shiver. In the 90 degree temperatures of Bodh Gaya, India, I suddenly felt chilled. I pulled my sweatshirt jacket close and snuggled into it. A few...

Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya, is the most important Buddhist pilgrimage site in India

Click on title to view photo in large format. Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya, India, is the most important Buddhist pilgrimage site in the world. The original temple that stood upon this...

Priest blesses worshipers by sprinkling them with holy water

I’m a sucker for Buddhist temples. The sometimes subtle, sometimes not-so-subtle design differences from country to country fascinate me and the pagodas of Cambodia were no exception. In contrast to the lavish...