Bodh Gaya

  • Buddha Buzz: Birthday Celebrations for HHDL Draw Teargas and Gunfire in Tibet Paid Member

    Celebrations honoring the Dalai Lama’s 78th birthday were disrupted on Saturday in the Ganzi prefecture in Tibet when Chinese paramilitary forces fired on a crowd of 500 Tibetans, leaving at least six injured. More »
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    Bomb Blasts Rock Buddhist Pilgrimage Site in India Paid Member

    A series of low intensity bombs detonated inside the Mahabodhi temple complex in Bodh Gaya, India early on Sunday morning, leaving one Burmese monk and one Nepalese monk injured. One of the most-visited pilgrimage sites for Buddhists, the complex stands next to an iteration of the Bodhi tree under which Siddhartha Gautama, the historical Buddha, is said to have attained enlightenment. Four explosions went off inside the temple complex, three by a nearby monastery, and another by a Buddha statue, according to India's Home Secretary. At least two other bombs were defused.Although there were around 200 people in the temple complex when the bombs began exploding, no deaths and only two injuries have been reported. The temple complex and the Bodhi tree sustained minimal damage from the small blasts. More »
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    Is Bodh Gaya being threatened? Paid Member

    A disturbing development, via Sify.com Concerned at the looming Maoist threat in the region, authorities beefed up security around a revered Buddhist temple in Bihar's Bodhgaya town. Hundreds of security officials, armed with latest gadgets and weapons, have been deployed at the famous temple to prevent any eventuality. To enhance the efficiency level of the policemen, dozens of close circuit television cameras and metal detectors have also been installed at the temple. The temple marks the spot where Buddha is said to have gained enlightenment in eastern India some 2,500 years ago, making it one of Buddhism's holiest sites. Temple authorities revealed that Maoist ultras might have 'disguised' themselves as Buddhist monks to escape the security officials. More »