Going on pilgrimage is a sacred duty for many faiths. For Buddhists the journey to a holy site is part of the larger quest for enlightenment.
What is a pilgrimage?
A journey of spiritual importance
A rite of passage
The place which marks the birth of the religion's founder
Why is Bodh Gaya important for Buddhists?
It is the place where the Buddha gained enlightenment
It is the place where the Buddha was born
It is the place where the Buddha died
What is the name of the main temple at Bodh Gaya?
The Temple of Enlightnment
The Kushinara Temple
The Mahabodhi Temple
What is important about the Bodhi tree at Bodh Gaya?
The Bodhi tree is the type of tree under which the Buddha meditated
It is believed to be a descendent of the tree under which the Buddha achieved enlightenment
The Bodhi tree is believed to be sacred
What do Buddhists believe took place at the Deer Park at Sarnath?
The Buddha was born in the Deer Park at Sarnath
Buddhists believe that the Buddha first began to try meditation at the Deer Park at Sarnath
Buddhists believe that this is where the Buddha first taught after he achieved enlightenment
Why do Buddhists believe that the journey to a place of pilgrimage is important?
It reflects the loyalty of the individual Buddhist
Buddhists believe that they can see lots of sights on the way to the place of pilgrimage
The journey gives the Buddhist the opportunity to meet with other Buddhists and socialise
What important relic can be found at the main temple in Kandy in Sri Lanka?
The imprint of the footprint of the Buddha
The tooth of the Buddha
The ashes of the Buddha
Why do Buddhists walk around the stupa?
It is a sign of respect to the Buddha
So they don't have to meditate
So they don't have to go inside to worship
Why might a Buddhist meditate at Bodh Gaya?
To understand God
To become a Bodhissata
To follow the example of the Buddha who meditated at Bodh Gaya and managed to achieve enlightenment
What is the name of the main place of pilgrimage in Java?