By Kory Goldberg, Michelle Décary
This particular guidebook presents sensible and encouraging details for meditators who plan to go to the sacred websites the place the Buddha lived and taught in India and Nepal. The booklet bargains a wealthy anthology of news on the subject of all of the pilgrimage websites attached to the Buddha's lifestyles and educating, in addition to precious maps, inventive paintings, and non secular narratives from skilled tourists. each one website access comprises insider details and information with special descriptions of transportation, lodging, and native food; urged tours and actions within the area; and highlights of demonstrated Vipassana mediation facilities most fitted to deal with vacationing meditators.
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One thing you can count on is that all travel will be much, much slower than if you were alone. You’ll find that some aspects of travel become easier with kids. Without any inhibitions, they walk into someone’s house, and then, when you go looking for them, you make friends with the local granny. People instantly trust you. In Dhamma Giri there is a residential area where families can stay. Where, say, the mother can sit or serve while the father stays with the child and vice-versa. It is crucial that you make arrangements with the management before your arrival.
We re-evaluate everything that makes up our life back home—relationships, work, time—and decide we need to make some changes. Or, if we’re lucky, the changes may just happen on their own. Travel, however, can be especially moving when it is taken as a pilgrimage (yatra), not only through the outer world, but more so in discovering the inner world and the dark mazes of the mind. It seems to be in the nature of a pilgrimage to test our limits. But if we surrender to the journey, without looking for the final goal, we can find peace and joy in the present moment.
To begin with, we feel that it’s important while on pilgrimage to consciously cultivate devotion towards the Triple Gem: Buddha, Dhamma and Saṅgha. Embracing these as centres of refuge means finding inspiration and protection in the quality and process of enlightenment. Without a sense of confidence and protection, one will find it difficult to plumb the depths of the mind. Taking refuge in the Buddha does not imply that the Buddha is a saviour or will extinguish one’s suffering. ’ When we take refuge in the Buddha, we are taking refuge in the qualities of the Buddha, and not in the person himself.