World Peace Ceremony, Bodh Gaya :: The World Peace  Ceremony takes place at the Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya,  India. World Peace Ceremony, Bodh Gaya :: Monks participate in  the formal assembly at the World Peace  Ceremony. World Peace Ceremony, Bodh Gaya :: Flanked by a lattice of prayer flags, a man reads through one of his new texts. World Peace Ceremony, Bodh Gaya :: A group of monks participate in the formal assembly at the World Peace Ceremony.
World Peace Ceremony, Bodh Gaya :: A row of monks participate in aspiration prayers at the site of the Buddha’s enlightenment. World Peace Ceremony, Bodh Gaya :: A Bhutanese woman offers thanks and prayers. World Peace Ceremony, Bodh Gaya :: In ancient India, early Buddhist texts were handwritten on palm leaves. As Buddhism spread throughout Asia, the shape of the palm leaf page was retained to show authenticity and in reverence of the early Indian scriptures. World Peace Ceremony, Bodh Gaya :: A woman carries a box containing the first four volumes of the Kanjur, which are the direct teachings of the Buddha.
World Peace Ceremony, Bodh Gaya :: Standing in front of boxes of books, a lay person displays his own new book, bound in the Tibetan style. World Peace Ceremony, Bodh Gaya :: A torma is a traditional offering made of butter and flour. World Peace Ceremony, Bodh Gaya :: Offerings are made each day at the World Peace Ceremony for the benefit of all beings. World Peace Ceremony, Bodh Gaya :: Volunteers light sticks of incense.
World Peace Ceremony, Bodh Gaya :: A Bhutanese lay person  holds a deb-ther (bound Western-style) book in one hand and a mala in  her other hand. World Peace Ceremony, Bodh Gaya :: Monks help distribute texts at the World Peace Ceremony. World Peace Ceremony, Bodh Gaya :: Monks pose in a thankful gesture at the World Peace Ceremony. World Peace Ceremony, Bodh Gaya :: Monks participate in the formal assembly at the World Peace Ceremony.

 

Beyond the beliefs of any religion, there is the truth of the human spirit.

Beyond the power of nations, there is the power of the human heart.

-- Tarthang Tulku