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Published on Feb 7, 2012
Buddhist Sites in Bihar and in Uttar Pradesh (January 2012) 1. Deer Park in Sarnath: Here the Buddha delivered his first ever sermon to five Bhikkhus (his first disciples) 2. Bodhgaya: The place of Buddhas Awakening 3. Rājagaha/Rajgir: One of Buddha´s favourite places. The Bamboo Grove was a present of King Bimbisara (important supporter of the Buddha, King of the Magadha empire) 4. Hill of the Vultures near Rajgir: Important place for the Mahayana Buddhism (in respect of the Heart Sutra/ Buddha Avalokiteshvara). Vulture Peak was a favourite meditation place of the Buddha and his disciples. 5. Vesali: Mango Grove was a donation to the Buddha by the royal courtesan Ambapali. Place of the Second Buddhist council 6. Kesariya, where the Buddha spoke to the Kalama: "Come, Kalamas. Do not go upon what has been acquired by repeated hearing; nor upon tradition; nor upon rumor; nor upon what is in a scripture; nor upon surmise; nor upon an axiom; nor upon specious reasoning; nor upon a bias towards a notion that has been pondered over; nor upon another's seeming ability; nor upon the consideration, 'The monk is our teacher.' Kalamas, when you yourselves know: 'These things are bad; these things are blamable; these things are censured by the wise; undertaken and observed, these things lead to harm and ill,' abandon them..." 7. Savatthi: Jetavana - where the Buddha spent 19 Vassas (Rains Retreats) - was a donation of Anathapindika. 871 suttas are said to be given in Savatthi (most of them in Jeta Grove) PS:Angulimala, a mass murderer, became a famous discilple of the Buddha.... Andanda, a relative of Siddhattha Gotama, was one of Buddha´s principal disciples and his devout attendant.