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I met this little boy during the International Tipitaka Chanting Ceremony, under the Bodhi Tree which is behind the Mahabodhi Temple, the place of Gautama Buddha’s attainment of nirvana (Enlightenment), in Bodh Gaya (बोधगया), in the Indian state of Bihar.
He is a young Indian Buddhist monk and when he saw me taking pictures he started showing me an amazing state of happiness.
All his pictures came with a certain glow and I selected this one where his eyes are giving so much of joy and peace as if he has reached a kind of buddhahood which is the state of perfect enlightenment attained by a buddha.
In Buddhism, the term ‘buddha’ usually refers to one who has become enlightened.
The level to which this manifestation requires abstraction from ordinary life (ascetic practices) varies from none at all to an absolute requirement, dependent on doctrine.
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