- Dear Venerables Sirs,
my question below which I mailed to you October 13, may not have reached your attention.
Please allow me to repeat it again with all respect :
' Dear Venerable Sirs,
I was contemplating recently about whether there is something like a Buddhist pilgrimage and found indeed a Canon reference ( please see quotation below) , confirming that .
Obviously numerous lay people have taken such journey, meanwhile - seemingly - well organised by travel agencies.
May I kindly ask you , whether there is an ' offcial ' recommendation by the Order for the laity and how the disciples of the Order, in particular , you, Venerable Sirs, participating in the List , consider themselves a travel , the Master said ( a pious person) should visit ?
Thanks in advance for your kind advise
With Metta Dieter
D.N. 16 Maha Pari Nibbana Sutta (similar Anguttara Nikaya IV ..) '
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- The venerable members of the holy bhikkusangha,
My question is similar to that asked by Dieter Moller. In the
Maharparinibbana Sutta, the Tathagata says four holy places must be visited
by a kulaputta (Lumbini, Bodhgaya, Sarnath and Kusingar). If he visites
these places, he attains merit. I have myself visited three out of these
four places. I have visited Bodhgaya, Sarnath, and Kusinager. I was not able
to visite Lumbini because of the Maoist disturbances in Nepal. While
visiting these places, I was filled with immence reverence and lot of
feelings to be seeing the spots where the Tathagata attained enlightnement,
where the tathagata set the Dhamma chakra rolling and where he attained
anupadisesa mahaparinibbana. What should be a lay upasaka's approach towards
- I think that the Buddha meant that if one wishes to make a pilgrimmage,
these four places are the most important to visit. It is not obligatory
for all Buddhists to make any such pilgrimmage to visit one or all of the
Holy Sites. There are many wholesome deeds that might be done by a devout
Buddhist. No one can do them all. The most important wholesome deed is the
practice of insight meditation. All Buddhists should try to do that one.