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Sarnath – a quiet corner of India

There are many places throughout Northern India and Nepal that are connected to Lord Buddha. The most significant include—Lumbini Province in Nepal where Buddha was born, Bodh Gaya where Buddha obtained enlightenment, and Sarnath where Buddha gave his first sermon to his five companions who later became monks and spread the faith. These were also the sites where the 7th century Chinese monk, Xuanzang was eager to explore during his twenty-year pilgrimage. He had secretly left China in the night because he believed that some of Chinese Buddhism had been misrepresented.

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