What is Hemis Gompa?

Hemis Gompa is a world heritage listed Hemis monastery located in the Himalayas. The Hemis Gompa has remained relatively untouched by ravages of modern life due to its high altitude – it is around 12,000 feet above sea level. This makes it one of the highest settlements in use by humans in the world. It […]

Ullambana – Saving Damned Souls

Religious legends offer some of the most interesting stories based upon morality. Buddhism has its fair share of interesting sutras and the Ullambana Sutra is one such story that is not only entertaining but forms the basis of a Buddhist festival known as the Ghost Festival. The Ullambana Sutra is about a Buddhist follower feeling […]

Buddha Purnima – Birth, Death and Enlightenment

Buddha Purnima is a unique religious holiday in the sense that it celebrates the birth, death and enlightenment of the central figurehead of a religion. Buddha Purnima is the name designated to the holiday that is in use by Buddhist India, Bangladesh and Nepal. However, despite the different names Buddhists globally celebrate this holiday in […]