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  Sarnath

 

India

These are the remains of a former Buddhist monastery in Sarnath, the place where the Buddha held his first public discourse after he had attained Enlightenment.

 

When the Chinese monk Xuanzang or Tripitaka (fig.) visited Sarnath in 640 AD, he recorded that the then monastery had over 1,500 monks.

 

  Sarnath

 

  Sarnath

 

In the background stands the Dhamekha Stupa, which is said to cover the exact spot where this first sermon was given to the panjawakkie and which is believed to contain relics of the Buddha.

See THAILAND'S NEIGHBOURS & BEYOND and POSTAGE STAMPS (1), (2) and (3).