Thursday, March 6, 2008

A Pilgrimage Special: A Gathering of Monks

No wonder there were so many Tibetans at Mahabodhi Temple! When we were in Lumbini, Nepal, our group had visited a meditation centre and according to a Japanese nun there, the head monk was away in Bodhgaya. Apparently, he was attending a big gathering and three days later, when we were at Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya, we were confronted with a sea of Tibetans in their trademark red robes. A festival was going on, a gathering of monks, I suppose. The sixth gathering of Jonang Monlam Chenmo was on and indeed, I felt extremely lucky to be walking amidst the group of pious people! Bodhgaya has always been teeming with Buddhist activities relating to the Tibetans and I have read that the Dailai Lama himself had graced some of the events...

At the sixth Jonang Monlam Chenmo...








2 comments:

Liudmila said...

Some months ago there were different posts in different blogs (all about the same theme in the same period -miracolously). They told about Tibetan children that are obliged to live closed in monasteries like in a specie of concentrational champs. There were photos of the unhappy faces behind fences... Here I don't see so unhappy persons and seems they feel normal their monk-activities...

footiam said...

There are happy and sad moments in life. Perhaps, they took the photo at a sad moment! The ones shown here look just so so. But frankly, there is no reason for them to laugh and chat to show their happiness in such a solemn moment. Perhaps, the quiet faces tells of maturity and calmness!

Have another serving of Travel Pangs!