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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 for such a wide-ranging and fascinating collection of subjects. Very thought-provoking. Excellent

Sylvia Chubbs Mon, 03/01/2022 - 19:59 Permalink

Fascinating Thank you

S. Hakin Fri, 31/12/2021 - 12:34 Permalink


Julia White Thu, 30/12/2021 - 10:07 Permalink

Thank you Zara. Peace and harmony for the New Year - a wonderful feeling.

Margaret Wed, 29/12/2021 - 18:06 Permalink

A beautiful talk. Thank you.

Dania Wed, 29/12/2021 - 10:24 Permalink

Reiterating others' thanks for an enlightening, heart-warming and hope-full account

Diana Gill Tue, 28/12/2021 - 21:31 Permalink

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.

Julie Ruffles Tue, 28/12/2021 - 20:35 Permalink

So good to hear about other religions and cultures, and this was explained and described so well. Wonderful images too. Thank you

Sheila Mason Tue, 28/12/2021 - 15:15 Permalink

What an amazing building. Wonderful talk Zara

Sylvia mccann Tue, 28/12/2021 - 14:02 Permalink

Thank you Zara for making us feel part of that wonderful electric experience.

Muriel Lowe Tue, 28/12/2021 - 13:53 Permalink