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Maha Bodhi Temple

Postby David N. Snyder » Mon Apr 20, 2009 6:21 pm

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The "holiest" place in Buddhism, the spot marking the enlightenment of the Buddha, Bodh Gaya, India.
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Re: Maha Bodhi Temple

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Re: Maha Bodhi Temple

Postby David N. Snyder » Sun Jun 21, 2009 10:46 pm

I added a date and time clock for Bodh Gaya, which can be seen here:

http://dhammawiki.com/index.php?title=Maha_Bodhi_Temple

If you click on the clock you can even get the weather forecast for Bodh Gaya.
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Re: Maha Bodhi Temple

Postby David N. Snyder » Sun Jan 23, 2011 6:18 pm

I have recently acquired another Buddhist domain name which I use as a redirect to a Dhamma Wiki page on another 'passion' of mine: Maha Bodhi Replicas

Here is the domain, which redirects to an article with a list of all the known Maha Bodhi Temple replicas:

http://www.mahabodhireplicas.com/

I think there may be more, so I will be adding the others as I find them. If you know of any that I missed, you can let me know here.
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Re: Maha Bodhi Temple

Postby Ngawang Drolma. » Sun Jan 23, 2011 6:29 pm

David, thanks so much! :thumbsup:
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Re: Maha Bodhi Temple

Postby David N. Snyder » Mon Mar 26, 2012 11:41 pm

The Maha Bodhi Temple under the provisions of the Bodh Gaya Temple Act 1949 has been under the control of Hindus, even though this is the "Mecca" of Buddhism. The provisions call for 4 Buddhist members on the Board, 4 Hindus, and a Chairman who must be Hindu, effectively making it majority Hindu control. Now a Public Interest Litigation has been filed by a Buddhist in India to attempt to finally bring the Temple to Buddhist control.

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php ... 04,0,0,1,0

Anagarika Dharmapala, founder of the Maha Bodhi Society spent most of his life attempting to get the Temple and area under Buddhist control, but never got to see it happen. Hopefully his dream may finally come true.

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Re: Maha Bodhi Temple

Postby Ben » Tue Mar 27, 2012 12:00 am

Indeed! Thank you David for bringing news of this important development to our attention.
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Re: Maha Bodhi Temple

Postby pilgrim » Tue Mar 27, 2012 1:12 am

An excellent site for up to date news on Bodhgaya
http://www.bodhgayanews.net/index.html
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Re: Maha Bodhi Temple

Postby David N. Snyder » Thu Sep 27, 2012 3:56 am

One more step closer to Buddhist control of the Maha Bodhi Temple:

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php ... 04,0,0,1,0

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Re: Maha Bodhi Temple

Postby Hanzze » Thu Sep 27, 2012 4:07 am

The share with Hindus is maybe some more buddhistic. Wish all that there are not more steps as nessesary. Maybe it would be real merit to make a step aside and give those in "need".
Just that! *smile*
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BUT! it is important to become a real Buddhist first. Like Punna did: Punna Sutta Nate sante baram sokham _()_
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Re: Maha Bodhi Temple

Postby thomaslaw » Tue Jul 02, 2013 2:18 am

Dear Dhamma friends,

In the Mahabodhi Temple there are ‘seven places’ clearly marked for the Buddha’s stay at each place for seven days after his attaining Enlightenment:

First week on the throne (pallanka sattaha), second week of the unblinking gaze (animisa sattaha), third week on the walk (cankama sattaha), fourth week in Jeweled House (ratanaghara sattaha), fifth week at Ajapala Nigrodha tree (ajapala sattaha), sixth week at Mucalinda (mucalinda sattaha), and seventh week at Rajayatana tree (rajayatana sattaha).

These places are rather meaningful for visitors. I hope these are not just created (by someone) for pilgrims. Are these the actual places of the ‘seven weeks’? Does anyone know how scholars/archeologists find out the seven places?

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Re: Maha Bodhi Temple

Postby David N. Snyder » Tue Jul 02, 2013 2:42 am

The story of Mucalinda is in the suttas:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html

I don't think the other stories / legends are there. I read in a blog by Ven. Dhammika that the other things were added by legend (or perhaps they are in the commentaries?) to add to the allure of the significance of this spot.

Even if they are just legends, the significance of this spot is already good enough for me, the first turning of the new dispensation, of a new samma-sam-Buddha and his full enlightenment, the start of a new Dhamma era.
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100kg Thai gold for Shrine

Postby plwk » Wed Nov 13, 2013 11:32 am

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The spire of the heritage Mahabodhi Mahavihara will soon be covered in gold.
Devotees from Thailand will donate 100kg of the yellow metal to Buddhism’s holiest shrine, which was rocked by a series of explosions last month.
At today’s prices, the cost of the gold needed would be approximately Rs 33 crore.

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Re: 100kg Thai gold for Shrine

Postby plwk » Sat Nov 16, 2013 12:52 am

I discovered that there are conflicting media reports on how much gold was involved. Ranging from 100-300kg...
Looks like some have gone ahead of myself... here
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Re: 100kg Thai gold for Shrine

Postby dagon » Sat Nov 16, 2013 1:43 am

Why are we surprised that there are conflicting media reports - maybe I could respectfully suggest that what they don’t know they soon invent.

in response to the second link provided in the thread -

The descendants of those who put food in the bowl of the Buddha will benefit because it will increase the number of people who come to the temple. That is not to say that I think the a gold coating will be advantageous for the development of any Buddhist who go there; nor do I necessarily believe that it will aid with the dissemination of true dhamma.

It is also a fact that the Royal family in Thailand has worked, and continues to work very hard for the poor and disadvantaged in Thailand - which is reflected in the high regard that the family is held in by the "Hill peoples' and the Isaan people that i know.

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Re: 100kg Thai gold for Shrine

Postby chownah » Sat Nov 16, 2013 4:18 am

I think there are two projects. One is to put gold leaf on a spire and the gold has been donated by Thai people (100 Kg)......and one is to put gold on a dome and the gold has been donated by His Majesty the King of Thailand (300Kg).
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Re: 100kg Thai gold for Shrine

Postby dagon » Sat Nov 16, 2013 6:05 am

Two projects - two temples

Several Buddhist temples and monasteries have been built by the people of Bhutan, China, Japan, Myanmar, Nepal, Sikkim, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Tibet and Vietnam in a wide area around the Mahabodhi Temple. These buildings reflect the architectural style, exterior and interior decoration of their respective countries. The statue of Buddha in the Chinese temple is 200 years old and was brought from China. Japan's Nippon temple is shaped like a pagoda. The Myanmar (Burmese) temple is also pagoda shaped and is reminiscent of Bagan. The Thai temple has a typical sloping, curved roof covered with golden tiles. Inside, the temple holds a massive bronze statue of Buddha. Next to the Thai temple is 25 meter statue of Buddha [9] located within a garden which has existed there for over 100 years.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bodh_Gaya# ... st_temples

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Re: 100kg Thai gold for Shrine

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Sat Nov 16, 2013 8:50 am

Mahāparinibbāna Sutta

5. And the Blessed One spoke to the Venerable Ānanda, saying: “Ānanda, the twin sala trees are in full bloom, though it is not the season of flowering. And the blossoms rain upon the body of the Tathāgata and drop and scatter and are strewn upon it in worship of the Tathāgata. And celestial coral flowers and heavenly sandalwood powder from the sky rain down upon the body of the Tathāgata, and drop and scatter and are strewn upon it in worship of the Tathāgata. And the sound of heavenly voices and heavenly instruments makes music in the air out of reverence for the Tathāgata.”
Yo kho, Ānanda, bhikkhu vā bhikkhunī vā upāsako vā upāsikā vā dhammānudhammappaṭipanno viharati sāmīcippaṭipanno anudhammacārī, so Tathāgataṃ sakkaroti garuṃ karoti māneti pūjeti apaciyati, paramāya pūjāya. Tasmātih'Ānanda, dhammānudhammappaṭipannā viharissāma sāmīcippaṭipannā anudhammacārinoti. Evañhi vo, Ānanda, sikkhitabba”nti.

“Yet it is not thus, Ānanda, that the Tathāgata is respected, venerated, esteemed, worshipped, and honoured in the highest degree. But, Ānanda, whatever bhikkhu or bhikkhuṇī, layman or laywoman, abides by the Dhamma, lives uprightly in the Dhamma, walks in the way of the Dhamma, it is by such a one that the Tathāgata is respected, venerated, esteemed, worshipped, and honoured in the highest degree. Therefore, Ānanda, thus should you train yourselves: 'We shall abide by the Dhamma, live uprightly in the Dhamma, walk in the way of the Dhamma.”
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Re: 100kg Thai gold for Shrine

Postby David N. Snyder » Sat Nov 16, 2013 6:41 pm

A large portion of the gold appears to be donated by lay devotees; not all from the King. If it inspires people to practice to have a beautiful temple, why not? The Shwedagon Pagoda and many other Buddhist temples have gold and gold plating. This is the Maha Bodhi Temple, the most significant place in Buddhism, the site of the Tathagata's enlightenment. I think it is great.
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Re: 100kg Thai gold for Shrine

Postby Virgo » Sat Nov 16, 2013 7:16 pm

I think it is wonderful too.

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