Photo essay: Celebrating the Buddha in India

Buddhist Conclave 2014, India, Buddhism, Buddha, monks, Bodhgaya, Sarnath

Buddhist Conclave 2014 in India.

Photo essay of the Buddhist Conclave 2014 on the occasion of Buddha Purnima

SIDDHARTHA GAUTAMA was a prince in India more than 2,500 years ago. He lived in a city called Kapilavatthu in the foothills of the Himalayas and was a protected youth, never allowed to venture beyond the palace walls. But one day, curiosity drove him out, into the streets and the market, where he saw the realities of life: sickness, old age, death.

This was enough experience for him to realize he wanted to be free from suffering, and to help others find a way to be free, too. He left his family and became a wandering ascetic, looking for answers. Eventually he gained Nirvana, or enlightenment, under a Bodhi tree in Bodhgaya, on the full moon of the month of Vaisakh.

This event is celebrated every year on Buddha Purnima.

All that we are is the result of what we have thought. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him. ~ Gautama Buddha

Today on Buddha Purnima, Breathedreamgo is celebrating this great spiritual leader with a photo essay from Andrew Adams. These photos were all taken during the Buddhist Conclave in September 2014, which was a three-day event held in India to highlight the Buddhist history of Bodhgaya, Sarnath and Varanasi.

Buddhist Conclave 2014, India, Buddhism, Buddha, monks, Bodhgaya, Sarnath

Buddhist Conclave 2014 in India, opening ceremony.

The Buddhist Conclave 2014 opened with a spiritual ceremony under the Bodhgaya Tree, followed by an opening night ceremony with beautiful cultural performances. Lectures by political leaders, tourism industry professionals and Buddhist scholars followed the next day, along with a Tourism and Trade Fair. It was hosted by Bihar and Uttar Pradesh governments for increasing tourism between Buddhist countries.

About 120 delegates from 32 countries were escorted to various Buddhist historical sites including Bodhgaya temple, Sarnath, and a special evening aarti on the River Ganga in Varanasi.

All photos are by Andrew Adams Photography. Andrew is a Canadian photographer who excels at capturing “the magic moment” and who specializes in Indian travel and weddings. You can follow him on Instagram.

Buddhist Conclave 2014, India, Buddhism, Buddha, monks, Bodhgaya, Sarnath

Buddhist Conclave 2014 in India, opening ceremony.

Buddhist Conclave 2014, India, Buddhism, Buddha, monks, Bodhgaya, Sarnath

Buddhist Conclave 2014 in India, opening ceremony.

Buddhist Conclave 2014, India, Buddhism, Buddha, monks, Bodhgaya, Sarnath

Monks at the Buddhist Conclave 2014 in India.

Buddhist Conclave 2014, India, Buddhism, Buddha, monks, Bodhgaya, Sarnath

Monks at the Buddhist Conclave 2014 in India.

Buddhist Conclave 2014, India, Buddhism, Buddha, monks, Bodhgaya, Sarnath

Monks at the Buddhist Conclave 2014 in India.

Buddhist Conclave 2014, India, Buddhism, Buddha, monks, Bodhgaya, Sarnath

Contemplative monk at temple during the Buddhist Conclave 2014 in India.

Buddhist Conclave 2014, India, Buddhism, Buddha, monks, Bodhgaya, Sarnath

Monks at the Buddhist Conclave 2014 in India.

Buddhist Conclave 2014, India, Buddhism, Buddha, monks, Bodhgaya, Sarnath

Monk at the Buddhist Conclave 2014 in India.

Buddhist Conclave 2014, India, Buddhism, Buddha, monks, Bodhgaya, Sarnath

Monk at the Buddhist Conclave 2014 in India.

Buddhist Conclave 2014, India, Varanasi, aarti

Buddhist Conclave 2014 in India. The Ganga Aarti at Varanasi, India.

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11 Responses to Photo essay: Celebrating the Buddha in India

  1. Elenora May 4, 2015 at 7:35 pm #

    Another great post from you.

    And photos are simply amazing.

    Thank you!
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  2. Will Tang May 5, 2015 at 10:55 am #

    Great post Mariellen! Lovely photos from Andrew and love seeing Buddhism still having a presence in India. On my recent trip to China, it was enlightening to learn that Chinese Buddhism actually originated from India.
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  3. Lauren May 6, 2015 at 4:03 pm #

    Amazing photos of the Buddhist Conclave. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Rutavi Mehta May 8, 2015 at 3:50 am #

    Being a strong believer in Buddhism and since I teach in Ladakh every year to kids who follow buddhism, overwhelmed to see lovely pictures by Adam on the conclave. Glad to know there are visitors allowed to take photos.. I would love to be part of the coming year ..Lovely Post Darling:)
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  5. Renuka May 11, 2015 at 2:32 am #

    Beautiful photo essay! Loved each and every picture!
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  6. Linda McCormick May 14, 2015 at 9:40 am #

    Wow, such beautiful shots! It’s nice to see a different than usual side to India.
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  7. ivy kriste May 15, 2015 at 6:35 am #

    Superb clicks. Thanks for sharing

  8. Blaber Blogger May 17, 2015 at 6:57 am #

    Your pictures are all stunning.. seems like it was a great time… it was such a great celebration of buddha purnima in this part of India here in Darjeeling as well..

    Blaber Blogger

  9. Carlo from NextStopWhoKnows May 17, 2015 at 9:52 am #

    We’re heading to India in August. These are some cracking photos. They’ve given me some cool ideas for shots to get when we’re there 🙂

    Thanks.
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  10. Zoey Francis July 6, 2015 at 2:50 am #

    “Dear Mariellen Ward,
    I was very inspired after reading your article on the Buddha poornima celebrations. Your writing enthralled me and made me sit up and notice the plus points of Buddhism and the festival celebrations. I must also say you have put up lovely photos to go along with the article.”

  11. Ganesan August 25, 2015 at 6:43 pm #

    Beautiful words. A good phrase to start my day

    All that we are is the result of what we have thought. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him. ~ Gautama Buddha

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