The earliest Buddhist sources make it clear that pilgrimage is both a journey within and without, one that involves both the mind and the body. Traveling to a sacred site on foot, often across long distances and difficult terrain, is demanding both mentally and physically. It is the pushing of these limits that makes it possible for a pilgrim to achieve spiritual growth. Many artworks present pilgrimage sites in a manner that makes them seem accessible, even though the journey required to reach them is a difficult one.
Sarnath, The Site of the Buddha’s First Sermon
Pilgrims visit the Dhamekha Stupa in Sarnath.
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The Buddha Documentary
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