Tuesday, February 10, 2009

4-5 February – Lumbini, Nepal

We are entering Nepal, the 30th country on our journey. We have now driven more than 40,000 km since our start from London, UK.

Learning about different religions seems to be somewhat of a theme for us on this journey. Now, the time has come for us to visit the birth place of Prince Siddharta Gautama. He was born in what is now Lumbini, in May 563 BC, and he became a very successful guy, assuming the name Buddha, The Enlightened One, after 29 days of serious meditation under a tree in India.
Today, many Buddhist communities around the world are financing Buddhist temples around the Lumbini Development Zone. The most impressive one to date is the German temple (and if you find out exactly how that fits with Germany’s religious history – please let us know).

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