Siddhartha Festival 2023
Immerse yourself in the serene embrace of Bodhgaya for the Siddhartha Festival, a tribute to the Buddha’s teachings beneath the Bodhi Tree where he attained enlightenment. Inspire your heart with Triratna Sadhana practice, enlightening talks, captivating performances, a Buddhist art exhibition and more.
📅 28-29th October 2023
🌍 Bodhgaya, India
Connect with the sangha and honour the wisdom that illuminates our path.
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ABOUT SIDDHARTHA FESTIVAL
Siddhartha was born an Indian prince, but he wasn’t born enlightened. It’s tempting to deify him; to say a God walked amongst us, but that would go against every teaching of his. The moment Prince Siddhartha encountered suffering, he dedicated his life to find a way out of it; for himself and everyone else. When he became the ‘Buddha’, he laid out the path he followed so all human beings could attain enlightenment themselves.
Two millennia later, the Buddha’s wisdom and teachings have been integrated into various cultures all around the world. His knowledge, informed by the wisdom and cultural traditions of the land around him, have become an invaluable gift to humankind. Siddhartha is an Indian-style Buddhist festival that celebrates the Buddha’s life and his teachings at the very place where he attained enlightenment: under the Bodhi tree in Bodhgaya, India.
The festival evokes a gentle awakening, planting a seed of Indian Wisdom in our minds. A small impetus, to realise how priceless the Buddha’s profound understanding is in our modern lives. This land has a legacy of wisdom and we are its inheritors.
SIDDHARTHA FESTIVAL VISION
We offer our sincere most gratitude our Guru, Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche for hand holding us to manifest the Siddhartha festival yet again, for the third time this year with the main vision to inspire us as Nepalese and Indians to reclaim our heritage and celebrate this prince from the past who some might call a Nepalese from Lumbini and some Indian.
The vision of the Siddhartha festival is to come together and pay homage to Siddhartha Gautama and to introduce the Buddha’s legacy and wisdom to those who are seeking the truth. To unite and bring together spiritually inclined Indians and Non-Indians who share the motivation to benefit others. To remember that the Buddha chose to do the most important thing in his life under tree.
About the Place
Bodhgaya is a spiritual place of monumental importance to pilgrims, academics, philosophers, artists and seekers from all over the world. In the Gaya district of Bihar, it is situated on the banks of the river Niranjana, at a place that was formerly known as Uruwela.
King Ashoka was the first to build a temple at this site. It is the most important of the four main pilgrimage sites related to the life of the Buddha, the other three being Kushinagar, Lumbini and Sarnath.
THE MAHABODHI TEMPLE
The Mahabodhi Mahavihara, more commonly known as the Bodhgaya Temple or the Great Stupa, was erected by King Ashoka in the third century BC at the spot where the Buddha attained enlightenment. Now several centuries old, the Mahabodhi Temple retains its deep spiritual energy and continues to inspire pilgrims from all over the world. The Temple has undergone several restorations, renovations and repairs in subsequent periods by a number of devout kings, donors and philanthropists from India and abroad.
Most recently, the Khyentse Foundation, Deer Park Institute and Vana Foundation have facilitated a state-of-the-art Lighting the Mahabodhi Temple Project. This would be a first for any place of historical and religious significance in India. In pursuit of realizing this lighting project, the first ever professional architectural survey of the Mahabodhi Temple Complex was also carried out by Vana Foundation and Deer Park Institute.
THE BODHI TREE
The Buddha decided to do the most important thing in his life under a tree, not in a palace or sitting on a diamond throne. The Bodhi Tree, known as the Peepal tree in India, is directly connected to the life of the Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama—who attained enlightenment or perfect
insight when he was meditating under it. The Mahabodhi Temple is built directly to the east of the Bodhi Tree, which is a descendant of the actual tree under which the Buddha sat.
Dharamshala is a religious resting place or sanctuary, specifically meant for religious travellers and built at pilgrimage sites. It is a time-honoured tradition in Buddhism. The Birla Dharamshala is situated right across the Mahabodhi Temple and will be hosting some of the performances, dinner and a film screening during the Siddhartha Festival..