2018-01-07~08 Great Rajgir
Rajgir which was built by donation of a King is called 王舍城 in Chinese character.
At Rajgir, Buddha’s teaching was widely accepted by people.
At hillside of Youngchuk mountain in Rajgir, there was a large statue of Buddha.
I took a picture of Buddha with beautiful sunset in the background.
Tourist guide map of historic relics at Rajgir.
This is the entrance of Venu Van temple (Juklimjeongsa), which was donated by a pious King who took good care of Buddha at that time.
There were bamboo groves here and there.
This statue seemed to be built recently.
A pond inside Juklimjeongsa.
I came out of Juklimjeongsa and went to a place where many Hindu people visit.
The feature of Hindu people is the red dot on forehead.
This man is a specialist to put red dot.
Gridhkut Vulture Peak means “look like an eagle” which was translated as 영축산(靈鷲山).
Youngsanhoesang where Buddha preached about Lotus Sutra was held at this place.
I was deeply moved.
This place kept good harmony with surrounding mountains.
By standard of Korean geomantic principles, this place is a superfine spot.
A group of Buddhists from Korea are offering Buddhistic mass at the place of Youngsanhoesang.
I took a picture of Buddha with beautiful sky at sunset.
I guess Buddha stayed at this cave.
It was recorded that Samjang monk (三藏法師) stayed at this cave too.
Next day, I walked to Nalanda temple which was 15 km apart.
The road was foggy. I was sure Buddha walked this road.
I arrived at Nalanda temple.
Nalanda was college campus which accomodated more than 10,000 scholars and monks once.
Nalanda was huge area.
I investigated by internet, and found out that Nalanda was 5km x 11km wide.
This campus was known as Nalanda sutra, and it was famous for high-quality teaching.
See site below.
Though Nalanda campus was supported by many kingdoms, it must be a huge task to manage such a large organization.
Moreover, Nalanda enriched Buddhistic theory in quality.
I was struck with reverence when I stood at Nalanda.
Rajgir was great.
Categories: 09-1. India, Course and Diary