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A Pilgrim's Companion

Readings from Buddhist Texts to Enhance a Pilgrimage to the Sacred Sites

Edited by Ken and Visakha Kawasaki

Small enough to carry with you and read as you travel!
7 1/2" x 5" -- Same size as a Kindle! --334 pages

Part 1

Suttas, verses, and stories from the Buddhist texts related to each site visited on a pilgrimage to the sacred sites of India and Nepal

Lumbini, Kapilavatthu, BuddhaGaya, Sarnath, Gayasisa, Rajagaha, Nalanda, Baranasi, Savatthi, Sankassa, Kesariya, Lauriya Nandangar, Vesali, Kusinara

Part 2

Readings and reflections for more than a month of daily meditation

All the texts have been adapted for ease of reading.

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Click the button at the left to access individual recordings and text of the thirty-five days of Meditations and the Dedication of Merit in Part 2.
"Ken and Visakha Kawasaki's A Pilgrim's Companion is only the most recent of an ancient literary genus meant for Buddhist pilgrims. It is not a guide book, there are already several of these. Rather, it resembles the muttipotthaka that Sri Lankan pilgrims used to carry in ancient times. These little books listed the virtues of the Buddha so that pilgrims could read and contemplate them while on the road or at the sacred places. A pilgrimage should be more than just sightseeing, photo ops, and buying souvenirs for friends back home. It should also be seen as a unique opportunity to contemplate Buddha's Dhamma in the actual places where the Buddha delivered it. The Kawasakis' useful and inspiring book has been written with this understanding in mind."

From the Foreward by Ven. S. Dhammika

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