Buddhism is a path of practice and spiritual development leading
to Insight into the true nature of life. Buddhist practices
such as meditation are means of changing oneself in order
to develop the qualities of awareness, kindness, and wisdom.
The experience developed within the Buddhist tradition over
thousands of years has created an incomparable resource for
all those who wish to follow a path — a path which ultimately
culminates in Enlightenment or Buddhahood.
India is the birth place of one of the most widely accepted
religions in the world - Buddhism. The four holy places associated
with Gautam Buddha in India are - Lumbini, his birthplace,
which now lies in Nepal; Bodhgaya, where he attained enlightenment;
Sarnath, near Varanasi, where he preached his first sermon;
Kushinagar, near Gorakhpur, where he achieved Mahanirvana.The
other important tourist places associated with Buddhism are:
Sanchi, Vaishali, Nalanda, Amravati and Nagargunakonda. All
these places together are known as the famous Buddhist circuit
in India.Bodhgaya is the most important Buddhist pilgrimage
amongst all these places in India.
Even though the entire Bihar is a big monastery (Bihar gets
is name from vihara that means monastry) with several Buddhist
sites and impressive Buddhist ruins, the leading Buddhist
Circuit of the state are: Bodh Gaya, Vaishali, Nalanda, Rajgir,
East Champaran, West Champaran and Jehanabad..