Arriving Bodhgaya / 菩提伽耶 (1) 抵達

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The train stopped at early morning at a nice spot opposite a village.
火車大清早停在一個靜謐小村的對岸。

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Family waiting for train early in the morning in a station before Bodhgaya. In order not to miss our stop, we started waiting at 8am. The scheduled arrival time was 9:13 , but we didn’t make it until almost 11am.
快要到達菩提伽耶的前一站,清早就很多人在等車。為了怕錯過下車,我們從8點就開始對車窗外乾瞪眼,說是9:13分到,其實晚了一個小時不只。

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First thing in Bodhgaya is to find a place to stay for the next few days. We chose the Chinese Temple because it is close to the main site Mahabodhi Temple and I was told that their guest room facing Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche’s stupa. My room’s view is so nice that I can even see the Mahabodhi Temple in distance.
到了菩提伽耶首先是找住處,卸行李。我們看了幾個地方,最後決定住中華寺,因為它離大覺寺近,而且據聞客房窗口可以看到頂果欽哲仁波切的舍利塔。我的房間雖然又舊又髒,但是景觀真的很好,不但迎面就是舍利塔,遠處還可清晰見到大覺寺的塔頂。坐在床上對著佛塔發呆就覺得很殊勝。   

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This is the Vajra Seat, where Shakyamuni attained enlightenment 2500 years ago. This is one of the 4 holy sites for Buddhists (the other three being Lumbini, Saranath, Kusinagara). The bodhi tree is the 4th generation from the original one!
這裏就是位於大覺寺內的金剛座——釋迦牟尼就是在這裡坐在菩提樹下獲得覺醒而成佛。佛經上說所有的佛都會在金剛座成佛,因此菩提伽耶是佛教最殊勝的四大聖地之一(其它地點就是佛陀誕生的藍毗尼、佛陀初轉法輪的鹿野苑、佛陀涅槃處拘屍陀羅)。這棵菩提樹是原來那棵的第四代,是從斯里蘭卡傳回來的,才30年就如此壯大。想到佛陀曾經坐在這,非常撼人。

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Mahabodhi Temple was said to be built by Ashoka  It was buried in the dirt, which help avoid being destroyed by the Muslim. The main shrine room housing the central statue is especially peaceful. Once you enter, devotion seems to be flowing naturally from the heart. As long as the space allows and you do not block the pathway, it is allowed to sit inside the shrine room for a while. It is so great to see this place for people to pay homage instead of being a museum type of environment. They are always devotees from Shrakavayana, Mahayana or Tibetan Vajrayana prostrating or chanting prayers in front of the statue.
大覺寺是阿育王所建,由於被埋在土裡而沒有被回教徒破壞,後來由英國人根據玄奘的西遊記而找到此處。寺內的釋迦牟尼佛像並不是極大的那種,但是內室氣氛非常安詳寧靜。只要有空位、坐的地方不妨礙人,就可以自己帶個墊子進去做功課。看到各派出家、在家人士皆在此虔誠禮佛,非常隨喜贊歎。

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