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Importance of Pilgrimage

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Importance of Pilgrimage

Postby clw_uk » Wed Feb 04, 2009 4:34 pm

I know there is a sutta where the Buddha recomends Pilgrimage (apologies for not providing it, i cant find it) but to me Pilgrimage does not seem all that important to Dhamma practice.

Does anyone else agree with me?
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Re: Importance of Pilgrimage

Postby David N. Snyder » Wed Feb 04, 2009 8:44 pm

Maha-parinibbana sutta, Digha Nikaya 16:

Ananda, there are four places the sight of which will arouse strong emotion in those with faith. Which four? Here the Tathagata (enlightened one) was born, this is the first place. Here the Tathagata attained Enlightenment, this is the second place. Here the Tathagata set in motion the Wheel of the Dhamma, this is the third place. Here the Tathagata attained final Nibbana without remainder, this is the fourth place. The monk or nun, layman or laywoman, who has faith should visit these places. And anyone who dies while making a pilgrimage to these places with a devout heart will, at the breaking up of the body, be reborn in heaven.

I like pilgrimage, but that's me. It is not a requirement, like say, for the Muslims where it is one of the 5 pillars of Islam.

But if you have the means and the interest, it is a great devotional practice and a chance to meditate in the same spots the Buddha and the arahants did. It was very humbling and pleasant to be in the company of other pilgrims from around the world.

But by no means will one be any the lesser for not going. Practice can be done anywhere, in an apartment, house, even a basement.
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Re: Importance of Pilgrimage

Postby mikenz66 » Wed Feb 04, 2009 10:03 pm

I'd certainly like to visit the historical sites in India when/if I get a chance. I'm sure it would be an uplifting experience. On the other hand, spending a few weeks on retreat instead would also be very beneficial. To me it's a matter of timing and priorities.

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Re: Importance of Pilgrimage

Postby Placid-pool » Wed Feb 04, 2009 11:17 pm

I agree - while going to a place may be an experience, staying home and having a thoroughly enriching experience in your own practice could be of more benefit.

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Re: Importance of Pilgrimage

Postby jcsuperstar » Thu Feb 05, 2009 12:40 am

a monk friend of mine told me about his time in india (all the monks i study under spent long periods of time in india as monks) and he told me one time he was sitting there in bodhgaya meditating as a buddhist monk in the same spots the buddha taught and meditated and tears just rolled down his face.

it a very inspiring thing , to be there "close" to the buddha, to walk where he walked etc
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Re: Importance of Pilgrimage

Postby mountain » Thu Feb 05, 2009 6:33 pm

Dear Everyone,
I was lucky enough to visit Sri Lanka in the 80's. A place I often visited was the Temple of the Tooth. Very inspiring. It was a portal to a further place in ----. You feel such a profound community there. Perhaps there is such a place as a dhamma twilight zone. Please go if you can. Also in Kandy one finds the BPS.

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Re: Importance of Pilgrimage

Postby clw_uk » Thu Feb 05, 2009 6:53 pm

I do plan to make one someday, looking to go to bodh gaya mostly but will prob go other places as well, I can imagine how inspiring it must be to go there.

need to save up the cash first though lol

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Re: Importance of Pilgrimage

Postby retrofuturist » Sun Feb 15, 2009 7:58 am

Greetings,

I don't think I'll ever go to these places unless I happen to be in the vicinity for some other purpose... and that seems unlikely.

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Re: Importance of Pilgrimage

Postby thornbush » Sun Feb 15, 2009 2:26 pm

Would be nice though....but I agree with the OP, its an optional part and not a vital essence to Dhamma practice.
But I heard of some who came back from pilgrimages 'revitalised' in their commitment and zeal for Dhamma, so case by case basis huh :shrug:

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