Bodhgaya Buddha Pilgrimage

Birth of Enlightenment

The Vajra Seat is the place where the 1002 Buddhas of this fortunate eon will gain enlightenment. It is the place where Buddha Shakya Muni the fifth Buddha came down from his meditation cave in the local area after practicing Austerities. As he was frail from not eating he sat under a Banayan tree. A woman named Sujata offered him food. He accepted and a divine truth entered him that neither extreme self indulgence nor self abasement is the right way to attain enlightenment. Buddha attained the knowledge that follow the middle path was required to attain the supreme Nirvana.