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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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So the Persians baptized long before Alexander the Great conquered it in the fourth century BC, although the first inhabitants arrived seven thousand years ago. If in a previous article we talked about the beauty and uniqueness of the landscape of Pamukkale, in another part of the country, the landscape of this region of Turkey, Central Anatolia is not for less. Here again, nature is the protagonist. Cappadocia is a land full of...

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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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You do not have to think too much to find an adjective that defines to Florence, there are many, but for me it would be beautiful, this is a city that oozes beauty and romance on all four sides, in its streets, buildings, landscapes, and that has an artistic environment hard to forget. The first night I spent in this city, we went for a walk along the riverbank, between the bridge of the Trinitá and bridge Vecchio, it was winter and...

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While Varanasi is the ultimate pilgrimage place for Hindus, only 10 kms from the city we find another place of great importance to Buddhist philosophy, I am referring to Sarnath, holy city for Buddhism. There are four holy sites related to the life of Buddha: Lumbini in Nepal, where he was born, Bodh Gay, in India, where he became enlightened, Sarnath, India, where he gave his first sermon, and Kushinagar, India, where he died....

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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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Sadhus or holy men are inherent to the Hindu religion. The fourth phase in a Hindu’s life, after studying, being a father and a pilgrim, is asceticism. The word sadhu, or holy man refers to mystics, ascetics, yogis, and mendicant monks living on the margins of society. They cut all family ties, do not have possessions and reduce their needs to the minimum to focus on achieving a higher reality. They depend on the charity of...

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