Could anyone lend some small insight on The Dhamek Stupa at Sarnath.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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For Buddhists, Dhamek Stupa at Sarnath holds tremendous meaning.  It is said that the Stupa marks the location where the Lord Buddha gave his first sermon to his disciples after achieving enlightenment.  It is considered to be a site where all followers of the Lord Buddha should visit.  It is quite significant because it is the first point where the Lord Buddha's enlightenment translated into discussion with his disciples.  From this point, the Lord Buddha was able to answer the fundamental questions of what shall be done and how human beings shall live.  This message included the discussion of the path to Nirvana. His first disciples sat and heard his message at Dhamek Stupa.  For Buddhists, this has to be considered holy because it marks the first steps on the voyage that the Lord Buddha set out for all disciples in seeking to better understand this world and their place in it. The stupa itself is stone monument built on a pedestal, seeking to use architecture to enhance the idea that the Lord Buddha was on a spiritual plane that demonstrated enlightenment, something that all his followers would seek to emulate, if only in a small manner.

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