Tag Archives: Buddhism

Myanmar – Beauty in Sagaing

Sagaing is a small hill overlooking the Irrawaddy River outside Mandalay.  But it’s no ordinary hill. . . . the slopes of this hill are covered with Buddhist monasteries and convents overflowing with young novices and experienced monks and nuns.  … Continue reading

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Myanmar – The Hidden Buddha

In February 2011, I wandered around the stupas that  cover the hill from the little village of Indein to the Shwe Indein Pagoda. The stupas are in various states of deterioration.  Crumbling.  Overgrown with vegetation.  Filled with years of dirt and soil … Continue reading

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Myanmar – Magical Shwedagon

Shwedagon Pagoda is the most sacred of the Buddhist pagodas in Myanmar.  Enshrined within are relics of 4 past Buddhas:  the staff of Kakusandha, the water filter of Konagamana, a piece of the robe of Kassapa, and eight strands of … Continue reading

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Myanmar – Novice Monks at Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery

If you visit Inle Lake, in northern Myanmar, on your way from the airport in Heho to the village of Nyaung Shwe where you will likely board a longboat and head south for the villages and resorts on the Lake, … Continue reading

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Myanmar – Evening Light on the Bagan Plain

  Bagan, the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Pagan. The various historical names for the city translate to “The City that Tramples on Enemies” – and to the especially fitting, “parched land” or “bronzed country”.  On these dry plains in … Continue reading

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Myanmar – Playing in the Light at Shwezigon Pagoda

Bagan, Myanmar.  The ancient capital of the Kingdom of Pagan.  From the 11th to the 13th centuries, over 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries were built.  2,200 remain today.  One of these temples, Shwezigon Pagoda, was where we spent an … Continue reading

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INDIA: On the Ganges in Varanasi

Varanasi.  The oldest continuously inhabited city in India – and possibly, the world.  Hindu lore says the city was founded by Lord Shiva himself and stands on his Trident (weapon) making Varanasi the holiest of the seven sacred cities of … Continue reading

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