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The Buddhist Diaspora in North India
Known as the Buddhist “capital” of the world, Bodhgaya is an important destination for pilgrims who come from distant locations to visit the hallowed site of Gautama Buddha’s enlightenment and to worship at the sacred Mahabodhi temple (recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2002). Look for the temple in two images here, and for Buddha’s footprint on stone.
The small and secluded geography of Sikkim makes logical its equation with mythical accounts of a Himalayan utopia known as shangri-la, paradise on earth. Today, it exemplifies India’s cultural diversity and religious tolerance by its graceful hybridization of Buddhism and Hinduism. Well over three hundred years ago, the famous Pemayangtse monastery (Sublime Lotus) in Pelling, featured here, was built for monks of Tibetan descent.
The photographer would like to thank and recognize those whose enthusiasm and generosity made this exhibition possible. These include: Chris Nayve (CSL) for believing in the project, Allen Wynar (Media Services) for help with printing and production, Mary Whelan and Andrea Cutlip (University Design) whose ingenuity and swiftness found a space for these pictures, and Carmen for her humor and professionalism during the installation itself.
Event sponsored jointly by the Offices of Community Service-Learning and the Vice Provost. Comments and enquiries can addressed to Dr. Atreyee Phukan (English) at firstname.lastname@example.org.