Mahavihara (NNM) is a research institute that specialises in the
field of Pali and Buddhist studies. It integrates and unfolds
knowledge in threefold manner as per the Buddhist tradition namely: Pariyatti (Theoretical
Knowledge), Patipatti (Practice) and Pativeda (Experience).
NNM has started 10-day
courses of Vipassana at Nalanda. The objective is to facilitate opportunity to
the Vipassana meditationers worldwide to practice at Nalanda, the place where the
Buddha made his sublime wandering and gave important discourses.
Many Vipassana meditators
visiting Nalanda centre have expressed their desire to visit and meditate at the
places associated with the Buddha’s sublime wandering in and around Nalanda. NNM
has developed a small itinerary to most sacred places associated with the
Buddha in vicinity of Nalanda for the interested participants on the 12th and
13th Day of the 10-day course.
Dhamma Pilgrimage on 12th Day
1. Parwati (ancient
cave where the Buddha had discourse with Lord Indra.
|Aerial view of Parwati hill and the Buddha cave.|
2. Ayer-pathri (ancient Budhavana)
- Rock shelter where the Buddha spent one night.
|A view from the rock shelter where the Buddha spent a night. |
(ancient Laṭṭhivana) - The
place where Buddha after his enlightenment, on his maiden visit to Rajagriha
was received by king Bimibsara.
|New temple near the ancient Buddhist remains at Jethian|
|Silao- Ancient remains at place where the Buddha exchanged robes with Buddha.|
4. Silāo (Ancient Ambalatthikā)-
the place where the
Buddha exchanged robes with Mahakassapa.
Dhamma Pilgrimage on 13th Day
1.Griddhakūṭa (Vulture’s Peak) -Place where the Buddha gave very
|Griddhakuta (vulture's peak)|
2. Veḷuvana- Place where the Buddha spent
many rainy seasons and also delivered many sermons.
|Veluvana (Bamboo grove)|
3. Nālandā monastic site- Ancient monastic site and place
where Buddha did his 11th rainy season retreat.
|Mulagandhakuti (Temple no.3) at Nalanda|
NNM is encouraging the
communities of villages like Parwati (ancient Indraśailaguhā), Ayer-pathri
(Budhavana), Jeṭhian (ancient Laṭṭhivana), Silāo (Ancient Ambalatthikā)
etc to do Vipassana courses. We hope the interaction of visiting Vipassana meditationers
with the community of these sacred places will encourage the local people
to do Vipassana. Eventually it may help us in facilitating small
meditation places at all these places associated with the Buddha.
Many such sacred places
associated with the Buddha and his prominent disciples Sāriputta, Mahā Kassapa,
Mahā Moggallāna and Ānanda are in a deplorable condition.
facility at all these sacred places will allow devout followers and
practitioners to practice at these sacred places. This will not only benefit
the local community but also facilitate revitalization of sacred traces of the
|A group of Meditationer with the community of Parwati.|
|A group of Meditationers at Buddhavana.|
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