Tuesday, 4 March 2014

The Burma Pilgrimage: "A Great Pool of Contentment and Silence"

January 2014 pilgrims meditate for one hour at Maha Myat Muni Pagoda in Mandalay, the pagoda where SN Goenka first came in contact with dhamma, when he used to visit here with his grandfather.

"It is certainly true that a great pool of contentment and silence is felt all the time after the pilgrimage to Burma. It is an out of the world experience. Things have changed after the pilgrimage for the better. The fear of taking rebirth in the lower worlds have gone away after the pilgrimage. May be it is due to the learning of generating mudita (sympathetic joy) after doing a wholesome deeds of donation (nobody can match Burmese people in this regard), May be it is due to taking refuge in the triple gems with real intent and meaning, May be it is due to being with good companionship during the pilgrimage. We really cherish the great moments of our Myanmar pilgrimage. May all of our friends who were with us, enjoy real peace, real harmony, real love, real freedom. With lots of love and regards. If one can make it, one should visit Burma NOW!"

-- Gaurishanker Sharma, India