Monastery unearthed in Taxila

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Monastery unearthed in Taxila

Postby Indrajala » Tue Apr 02, 2013 6:40 am

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Re: Monastery unearthed in Taxila

Postby Wayfarer » Tue Apr 02, 2013 10:29 am

Neighbourhood has gone downhill since, I think......
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Re: Monastery unearthed in Taxila

Postby pemachophel » Tue Apr 02, 2013 7:47 pm

"They are hoping for a tourism boost"

Good luck with that.

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Re: Monastery unearthed in Taxila

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Re: Monastery unearthed in Taxila

Postby pueraeternus » Wed Apr 03, 2013 5:14 am

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Re: Monastery unearthed in Taxila

Postby oldbob » Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:16 am

:namaste:

Visited Taxila, and other sites, while I was working in Pakistan in 2002. The monastery was unearthed then, and had piles of sculpture parts heaped up in piles, in the open air, covered by corrugated metal roofs.

The Pakistanis protected the site with a single guard with a shotgun. Looked like there has been much looting over the millennium. There was a small flow of tourists, mostly Japanese. I was the only Westerner. The site is large and awesome.

Did not find any Pakistani Buddhists. Saw several Ashoka columns and texts carved on rocks.

Took a 2 day taxi ride up into the Swat Valley, from Peshawar, and found some small museums with world class relics, inducing charged ribu from Buddhist saints, and possibly Lord Buddha, and a very small exquisitely detailed, 24 caret gold leaf covered Vajrakilia statue, labeled, "Hindu Diety."

The Gandarvan art was impressive and interesting. Lots of saints with mustaches. My kind of folks.

The Pakistani museum system does have a workshop where they make very cheep, very fragile, plaster copies of some of the sculptures for sale to tourists. Don't remember where it was or how to contact them.

Brought home a Gandharvan Buddha head and a small "starving Guatauma under the Bodhi tree" statue, $2 each. You might be able to get plaster copies sent through the mail, if you can locate a POC.

Margarita, where I am now, is a walk in the park compared to the risks in Pakistan.

DO NOT GO TO PAKISTAN AS A TOURIST.

Trust me, no matter what their tourist board says. I was there under a Diplomatic passport and felt reasonably protected. They would send us out for shopping, in Karachi, with 3 armed guards in the car.

See the movie. Read the book. Not a bucket list place. :smile:

Wrong place, wrong time time, in Pakistan, and you die. Just like Margarita, but with many more wrong times and wrong places. Don't want to go there.

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Re: Monastery unearthed in Taxila

Postby Indrajala » Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:35 am

I have a Pakistani friend who insists travel in Pakistan would be safe.

I don't think so, but then at least he's being optimistic. :smile:

In the future if Pakistan settles down and it becomes safe to travel, then I'd happily go visit all the ancient sites.

Afghanistan is another location I'd like to visit.

We'll see if that ever happens.

Failing that, though, Xinjiang and China and the -stans in Central Asia are full of ancient Buddhist sites.
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