Lumbini – Birth and Rebirth

by Bhante S. Dhammika, The Buddhist Channel, May 7, 2022

Lumbini, Nepal -- As is well-known, Lumbini is the first of the four major holy places of Buddhism, it being where the person who was to become the Buddha was born. Almost every account of the Buddha’s life, traditional or contemporary, recounts the incidents that supposedly occurred at his conception and birth: his mother dreaming of a white elephant before or as she conceived; giving birth to him while grasping the branch of a tree; and he emerging from her right side. Some later accounts even add that Mahamaya was a virgin when she gave birth. None of these stories are mentioned in the Tipitaka.

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Stolen Bodhisattva Statue Recovered and Returned

The Buddhist Channel, April 30, 2022

Bihar, India -- Officials in India have received a Buddha statue that had been missing for more than two decades from its altar at the Kurkihar Temple in Bihar, one of the country's most important Buddhist pilgrimage destinations.

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Oldest Buddhist stele discovered in Tibet

PTI, Jan 9, 2018

Beijing, China -- Chinese archaeologists believe that the ninth century Purang stele which was discovered in northern Tibet to be the oldest in the Himalayan region. SharganWangdue, of Tibet Cultural Relics Protection Institute, said the stele was discovered in Ngari prefecture in northern part of the Tibet Autonomous Region.

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1,700-year-old sleeping Buddha found in Pakistan, evoking diverse heritage

Reuters, November 16, 2017

HARIPUR, Pakistan -- Pakistan unveiled the remains of a 1,700-year-old sleeping Buddha image on Wednesday, part of an initiative to encourage tourism and project religious harmony in a region roiled by Islamist militancy.

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Buddhist Monastery Site Uncovered in China

Archaeology, November 14, 2017

JINGCHUAN COUNTY, CHINA -- An excavation in northwest China has uncovered a 1,000-year-old ceramic box containing cremated human remains said to have belonged to Siddhartha Gautama, also known as the Buddha, according to a report in Live Science.

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