Pilgrimage in Sri Lanka - Anyone interested?

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Pilgrimage in Sri Lanka - Anyone interested?

Postby puppha » Sat Sep 08, 2012 8:03 am

Dear All,

I would like to do a pilgrimage in Sri Lanka, probably in March 2013 for 2 weeks. I don't have a fixed itinerary yet, except that I want to go to Anuradhapura and probably Kandy too.

I read that monasteries in Sri Lanka are generally welcoming and that the monks often accept pilgrims spending the night in the monastery. Is that true?

All suggestions, travel tips, things a westerner should be aware of, good places to visit, etc. are most welcome! :anjali:

Also, if anyone is interested in joining me, please PM me! The dates are not fixed yet.

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Re: Pilgrimage in Sri Lanka - Anyone interested?

Postby Ben » Sat Sep 08, 2012 8:53 am

Very interested but financially restrained.
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Re: Pilgrimage in Sri Lanka - Anyone interested?

Postby James the Giant » Sat Sep 08, 2012 10:40 am

I'm going too, but towards the end of 2013, for three months.
Here's a good booklet showing good places for laypeople to visit. It was updated in 2006, but it should give an idea of some good monasteries and their contact details. http://what-buddha-said.net/library/pdfs/Meditation_Centers_in_Sri_Lanka.pdf
When I go, I'm going to climb Sri Pada, Image

and go to Sigiriya,
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And of course visit the tooth relic in Kandy. If you go at the end of July you can catch the Tooth Relic festival, from what I have been told they have more than a hundred decorated elephants in the parade... some of them carrying their own generator to power the lights strung on their harnesses!
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Re: Pilgrimage in Sri Lanka - Anyone interested?

Postby David N. Snyder » Sat Sep 08, 2012 5:23 pm

James the Giant wrote:When I go, I'm going to climb Sri Pada,


:thumbsup:

Beautiful mountain, is there a monastery or temple at the top?

I definitely want to see Sri Lanka someday, perhaps in the next few years or so.
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Re: Pilgrimage in Sri Lanka - Anyone interested?

Postby James the Giant » Sun Sep 09, 2012 12:06 am

David N. Snyder wrote:Beautiful mountain, is there a monastery or temple at the top?

There's some temple buildings covering an imprint of a foot, a biiig footprint. Supposedly the Buddha's footprint, although the Muslims, Christians, and Hindus have all claimed it as made by one of their prophets or gods too.
I think a caretaker may have a little room somewhere, but nobody else lives up there. Lots of pilgrims sleep the night on the ground, as it's a long climb and a long descent.
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Re: Pilgrimage in Sri Lanka - Anyone interested?

Postby puppha » Sun Sep 09, 2012 6:42 pm

Ben wrote:Very interested but financially restrained.

That's a shame... Maybe next time!
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Re: Pilgrimage in Sri Lanka - Anyone interested?

Postby puppha » Sun Sep 09, 2012 6:46 pm

Dear James,

James the Giant wrote:I'm going too, but towards the end of 2013, for three months.

So I'll go before you. If I find anything that a pilgrim have to know, I'll keep you informed!

James the Giant wrote:Here's a good booklet showing good places for laypeople to visit. It was updated in 2006, but it should give an idea of some good monasteries and their contact details. http://what-buddha-said.net/library/pdfs/Meditation_Centers_in_Sri_Lanka.pdf

Thanks for the link!

James the Giant wrote:When I go, I'm going to climb Sri Pada, and go to Sigiriya,

Yes, I heard about those. I'll probably visit those, especially Sigiriya.

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Re: Pilgrimage in Sri Lanka - Anyone interested?

Postby James the Giant » Sun Sep 09, 2012 10:21 pm

puppha wrote: If I find anything that a pilgrim have to know, I'll keep you informed!
Metta

Yes, please do. You can email me or PM me or post here. Thanks.
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Re: Pilgrimage in Sri Lanka - Anyone interested?

Postby Viscid » Sun Sep 09, 2012 11:39 pm

Highly recommend Sigiriya and Sri Pada.
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