A Buddhist Sunday – #Buddha #Relics

After the Buddha reached Parinirvāṇa (he passed away) his body was cremated. The remaining ashes and pieces of bone where distributed amongst his most influential followers. The relics spread across south-east Asia. For example to the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple in Singapore. I’ve seen relics in a museum in Kolkata, India in 2005 and most recently in the National…

A Buddhist Sunday – Punakha Dzong and Lopön Tsechu Rinpoche

Punakha Dzong was built in the early 17th century, making it the one of the oldest Dzongs in Bhutan. As with any other Dzong (རྫོང་) it houses government administrative offices and a monastery. A Dzong is shaped as a fortress with a very high wall surrounding it and a tower in the middle of the courtyard….

A Buddhist Sunday – Boudhanath Stūpa (बौद्धनाथ) or

About 10 kilometers east of Kathmandu city centre you will find Boudhanath  (Baudhanātha) Stūpa. It is said the stūpa contains the remains of the third Buddha Kāśyapa, the predecessor to Śākyamuni Buddha who is said to be the fourth Buddha and the Buddha of our time. According to legend, after the demise of the third Buddha his…