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Saṃvejanīya Suttaṃ

(A.ii.120)

Inspiring Places to Visit

“These four inspiring places, monks, should be visited ¹ by the child of a good family ² with faith. What four? The place were the child of a good family with faith can reflect, ‘Here the Tathāgata was born.’ ³ The place were the child of a good family with faith can reflect, ‘Here the Tathāgata awakened to the incomparable perfect enlightenment.’ ⁴ The place were the child of a good family with faith can reflect, ‘Here the Tathāgata set in motion the incomparable wheel of the Dhamma.’ ⁵ The place were the child of a good family with faith can reflect, ‘Here the Tathāgata passed away attaining the element of nibbāna without any remainder.’ ⁶ These four inspiring places, monks, should be visited by the child of a good family with faith.”

Notes:

1. Dassanīya, lit., should be seen. In case you cannot visit, photographs can be seen below.

2. The child of a good family (kulaputta). These places can be visited by monks and nuns, and lay people. This discourse is repeated in the Mahāparinibbāna Sutta.

3. Lumbinī, Nepal. © Creative Commons. Author: Bibek Raj Pandeya. A pillar discovered in 1896 (and erected thereafter at Rummindei) is believed to mark the spot of Asoka's visit to Lumbini.

Asokan Pillar at Lumbini

4. Bodhgaya, India. © Creative Commons. Author: Bpilgrim

Mahābodhi Temple at Bodhgaya

5. Sarnath, India. © Creative Commons. Yusuke Kawasaki

Dharmekh Stūpa at Sarnath, near Benares

6. Kushinagar, India. Buddha image inside Mahaparinirvana Temple © Creative Commons.

Image in Mahparinirvana Temple at Kusinagara

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