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"The Buddha's First Sermon" Top 5 Page for this destination Sarnath Things to Do Tip by NedHopkins

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  The Buddha delivers his first sermon
by NedHopkins

Under a bodhi tree planted from a sapling brought from Sri Lanka in 1931 -- itself said to have been planted from a sapling taken from the tree under which the Buddha preached his first sermon in Sarnath -- Tibetan Buddhists have erected this bigger-than-life-size impression of that sermon.

It's a bit hokey, but probably more true-to-life than any representation of the Crucifixion. And people who've been to the "Holy Land" may well have been taken to the exact spot on the River Jordan where Jesus was baptized, the exact location of his execution, and so on -- places with much less historical validity than these associated with the Buddha.

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  • Updated Jan 13, 2005
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