Saturday, November 16, 2013

Famous Buddhist Temple: A Dome of Gold?

The Mahabodhi Temple, pictured above, is one of four holy sites related to the life of the Buddha. It's located in Bodh Gaya in India where the Buddha attained enlightenment. Emperor Asoka built the first temple at this site in the 3rd century,CE and this temple was built in the 5th or 6th century. 

Now a group of people, including the king of Thailand, want to cover the dome with 660 pounds of gold that they plan to donate. What would would the Buddha think?  That's what many Buddhists, including the Dalai Llama, are now asking, according this article in the Huffington Post.

It might be interesting to see how students respond to this story.  

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