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The Eight Places of Buddhist Pilgrimage
by Jeremy Russell

First published in 198, by Mahayana Publications, Tushita Mahayana Meditation Centre
This article first appeared in Teachings from Tushita,
Journal of Tushita Mahayana Meditation Centre.
Jeremy Russell was born in England and received his degree in English Literature from London Universiy. He studied Buddhist philosophy at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, Dharamsala, for four years. Jeremy teaches in Japan where he has resided for the past twenty years, editing Cho-Yang, the Journal of Tibetan Culture, and translating other material from Tibetan.

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Lord Buddha said:

Monks, after my passing away, if all the sons and daughters of good family and the faithful, so long as they live, go to the four holy places, they should go and remember: here at Lumbini the enlightened one was born; here at Bodhgaya he attained enlightenment; here at Sarnath he turned twelve wheels of Dharma; and here at Kushinagar he entered parinirvana.

Monks, after my passing away there will be activities such as circumambulation of these places and prostration to them.

Thus it should be told, for they who have faith in my deeds and awareness of their own will travel to higher states.

After my passing away, the new monks who come and ask of the doctrine should be told of these four places and advised that a pilgrimage to them will help purify their previously accumulated negative karmas, even the five heinous actions.



Updated: 1-7-2000

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