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December in Bodh Gaya

Butter lamps are a conspicuous feature of Tibetan Buddhist temples and monasteries throughout the Himalayas. The lamps traditionally burn clarified yak butter, but now often use vegetable oil or vanaspati ghee. Accredited Lecturer Zara Fleming takes a look at butter lamp festival celebrating the new year – and her very first visit to Bodh Gaya during December 1973, when she saw the place the Buddha was enlightened, joined pilgrims lighting butter lamps and listened to teachings by the Dalai Lama.


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Thank you Zara! It must have been a dream-like experience and totally enriching!

Francesca Bratley Tue, 28/12/2021 - 12:49 Permalink

What a wonderful experience. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Mary Bradley Tue, 28/12/2021 - 12:34 Permalink

A wonderfully evocative talk that made me feel as if I were there. Such a wonderful experience that Zara had to be there and to hear the Dali Llama. Made me feel the peace and harmony. Thank you.

daphne Tue, 28/12/2021 - 12:21 Permalink

Fascinating talk. What an experience for you, Zara

Linda Tue, 28/12/2021 - 11:37 Permalink

Thank you Zara for relating this evocative and enlightening account of your special Christmas in Bodh Gaya, sharing with everyone who travelled from all over the Himalayas to listen, spell bound, to the teachings from the Dalai Lama.

Morvyth Tue, 28/12/2021 - 11:34 Permalink

Reminded me how helpful meditation can be. Thank you

Clare Tue, 28/12/2021 - 11:33 Permalink l
Fortunate to see and hear the Dali Llama.

Cynthia.king Tue, 28/12/2021 - 11:07 Permalink

Thank you for such an evocative talk Zara.

Barbara p Tue, 28/12/2021 - 10:45 Permalink

That was wonderful, Zara, you are always so very interesting and the presentation was crystal clear.
I hope you have a really good New Year.

BIlly Dawson Tue, 28/12/2021 - 10:20 Permalink

That was so fascinating Zara, and you yourself were most enlightening - thank you. Wonderfully delivered.

Diana Clement Tue, 28/12/2021 - 09:57 Permalink