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 for such a wide-ranging and fascinating collection of subjects. Very thought-provoking. Excellent
Fascinating Thank you
Thank you Zara. Peace and harmony for the New Year - a wonderful feeling.
A beautiful talk. Thank you.
Reiterating others' thanks for an enlightening, heart-warming and hope-full account
What an interesting talk and how fantastic for Zara to have been there at that time. I have the greatest respect for the Dalai Lama.
So good to hear about other religions and cultures, and this was explained and described so well. Wonderful images too. Thank you
What an amazing building. Wonderful talk Zara
Thank you Zara for making us feel part of that wonderful electric experience.