Monday, June 12, 2006

Buddha's 2,550th and spiritual tourism

India seems intent on becoming a modern nation. Tourism authorities there hope to attract Buddhists who want to celebrate the 2,550th birthday of Buddha. A spokesman said this won't be an ordinary compeletly world-bound type of tourism:

The emphasis will be on "spiritual" tourism that is "aimed at uplifting the soul and finding peace by following in the footsteps of the Buddha," said a top Indian tourism official, Amitabh Kant.

Few Buddhists outside India have visited various holy sites because of poor infrastructure. The country is spending $1 billion dollars to improve transportation routes and shrines. India is home to Buddhism's most sacred shrine the Mahabodhi Temple.

May the karma be good.

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