The largest state of northeast, Arunachal Pradesh is an abode of some really significant Buddhist monasteries. A visit to them is high on the list of any Buddhist tourist to the state.
Buddhism is an ancient and one of the most followed religions in the world, which has its roots in India. Buddhism very simply gets its name from the Buddha, or the enlightened one. Buddhism is at least 2500 years old and the man now known and revered as the Buddha was born a prince, Siddhartha Gautama. This prince was to inherit and rule a region that now lies in Southern Nepal when growing discontent with his comfortable life and needing answers to many of life’s questions caused him to abandon all the material trappings of his life. Shielded from the harsh realities outside the palace walls, the prince escaped with his charioteer often and saw his people, some of whom were old and sick and he even saw a corpse. The charioteer then showed him an ascetic who had renounced the world and was therefore free of the fear of suffering and of death. This changed his outlook and he himself left his comfortable world and after days of meditation in Bodhgaya under a Bodhi tree understood the true path to spiritual enlightenment. It was after this that he set off to spread this awareness and was given the name of Buddha.
The most significant of these monasteries are Tawang Monastery, Bomdila Monastery and Urgelling Monastery. The first of these, established in 1860-61, is the largest monastery of India and second largest in Asia. Just five kilometres away from Tawang lies the Urgelling Monastery, the birthplace of His Holi Highness, the sixth Dalai Lama. Both these monasteries are associated with the Lamaistic faith of the Mahayana school of Buddhism and the Bomdilla Monastery, too, follows the same faith.
Apart from these three, other monasteries of Arunachal Pradesh include Taktsang Monastery and Rigyalling Monastery.
Details about all these monasteries are given in this section. The information will help you know more about them before you actually go there. Go through them and make your visit to Arunachal Pradesh Monasteries more interesting.
Buddhism has deep roots in India and this ancient religion is spread across many religious sites in India and across most of the Far East and Sri Lanka as well. The stories of the Buddha and of his teachings are all recorded in the many Buddhist Scriptures that have survived time that can be measured in centuries and these have been copied and intricately decorated with paintings. These paintings also have the 8 sacred symbols of Buddhism and there are many monasteries across India and the world that are dedicated to the work of maintaining and preserving these ancient texts. The best way to visit monasteries and libraries that keep these Buddhist scriptures is by looking for credible information online. Someone interested in research can also contact any of the many tour agencies that organize tours like ‘The Footsteps of the Buddha’ that takes guests to the places visited by Buddha. These places are also mentioned in all the important Buddhist scriptures.