Burma / Myanmar


The venerated Mahamuni image,  located in a temple  in Mandalay, is also known as “Rakhine Buddha”, as it is in this state of western Burma known before as the kingdom of Arakan where they brought the image from (now sadly in the news for ethnic conflicts between Muslims and Buddhists). It is the most venerated image of the country by its historic and religious significance and is a must-see for any “pilgrim” passing...

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In Mon State, about two hundred kilometers away from Yangon we will find the second of the most sacred Buddhist shrine in Burma. Reaching the top of Mount Kyaiktiyo, where we find the peculiar Golden Rock, is to enter into the rural life of the country, through small villages dotted along the main artery of the state, a one-way road, shared by all types of vehicles and road traffic, both animal and human traction. You will find...

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Burma is a country of deep Buddhist convictions, since Buddhism arrived to the country almost a thousand years ago. King Anawratha was persuaded by Arahan monk to convert to Buddhism that we know today, Theravada branch, which is practiced in Thailand, Sri Lanka, Laos and Cambodia. So, in 1057, Anawratha sent an army to subdue the Mon ethnic group, whose capital was Thaton, which conserved the Tripitaka Buddhist canon. From this...

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Actually the Kandawgyi Festival is the annual festival of the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the biggest in Inle Lake, this Burma magical place located in the Shan State, where people live in floating villages on the lake itself, and where crops are obtained in small floodplains stolen to it. The intha people have perfected a technique that allows cultivating on the surface of water. Based on successive layers of dry silt, algae or hyacinths,...

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In today’s Myanmar, formerly Burma, 89% of the population has got deep Theravada Buddhist beliefs as in Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Thailand, among other countries. But decades of isolation that has hit the country, have made their practice differs from that of neighboring countries. Of all Buddhist countries, Myanmar is the only one having monasteries with more than 1,000 monks. In particular, a monastery in Mandalay (Maha Ganayon)...

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