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Buddha

In ancient India, the term "buddha" referred to an enlightened being, and while there has long been a debate about the exact year when Siddhartha Gautama, now known as Lord Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, was born, legends about his journey to enlightenment affirm that India was his true home.

Buddha

Born into a royal family in Kapilvastu, today believed to comprise the villages of Piprahwa, Ganvaria and Salagarh in Uttar Pradesh, Siddhartha Gautama's early life was one of luxury and plenitude. A trip into the world the common man inhabited outside the royal palace, however, changed his life. When he beheld the struggles and vagaries of life in the visages of his people, he renounced his family and all royal comforts, deciding to lead the life of an ascetic. Pragbodhi in Bihar is believed to be the site where he meditated with severe penance for six years.

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MONASTERIES
OF BUDDHA

MONASTERIES

OF BUDDHA


Key Monastery


One of the oldest and largest monasteries in the valley, it is also a centre for Buddhism studies.

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Bomdila Monastery


Bomdila monastery (also known as the Gentse Gaden Rabgyel Lling monastery) is a replica of the Tsona Gontse monastery at Tsona, southern Tibet.

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Mindrolling Monastery


The Mindrolling monastery is considered to be one of the largest centres for Buddhist studies and culture preservation today. About 300 monks live and study here.

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Key Monastery


One of the oldest and largest monasteries in the valley, it is also a centre for Buddhism studies.

Read More

Bomdila Monastery


Bomdila monastery (also known as the Gentse Gaden Rabgyel Lling monastery) is a replica of the Tsona Gontse monastery at Tsona, southern Tibet.

Read More

Mindrolling Monastery


The Mindrolling monastery is considered to be one of the largest centres for Buddhist studies and culture preservation today. About 300 monks live and study here.

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