India is regarded as one of the most important places in Buddhism as Gautam Buddha was born here.
Ancient Buddhism in India incorporated the true nature of life into its followers by way of practice and spiritual development. Buddhist practices include meditation through which one can undergo transition in order to develop the qualities of knowledge, goodness and wisdom. Buddhism not only implies teaching or learning, but also to endure the sufferings of mankind.
In the history of Buddhism in India there is no practice of worshipping God in a physical form; hence it is truly not considered a religion as such. The Buddhist doctrines are straightforwardness and pragmatism – there are no fixed beliefs; every action has a result; and there can be alterations. It teaches practical methods like meditation thereby making people understand and use their learning to transform their lives. They are taught to be responsible and to develop wisdom and kindness.
Around the world there are over 360 million followers of Buddhism and a Buddhist tour to India, to Bodhgaya will give followers great satisfaction and peace of mind. Although they practice various forms of Buddhism, their traditions go by similar principles of non-violence, lack of creed, tolerance of differences through the practice of meditation.
Meditation, which is the main aspect of Buddhism India, helps one to instill a strong sense of awakening. Firstly, our 'delusions' or negative mental state can be identified in order to develop a peaceful and positive mental state or 'virtuous mind'. Our delusions become subdued when we get familiar with our virtuous mind, which should be preserved and use our wisdom to solve the problems of daily life. As we develop a positive mind, we tend to do good deeds and become contented and help others as well.
As people develop huge benefits from meditation they proceed way ahead of basic meditation thus acquiring belief in the Three Jewels - Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.
The Spiritual Path
By following the teachings of Buddhism in India anyone can gradually transform from a confused and selfish mind to perfect happiness like that of a Buddha. According to the famous Buddhist preaching: "Every living being is capable of becoming an enlightened Buddha, as long as the mind is clear of all delusions that materialize into positive qualities. Our mind is like a cloudy sky, in essence clear and pure but overcast by the clouds of delusions. "
On eliminating them one will experience greatest happiness of full enlightenment. Once enlightened, qualities such as universal love and compassion, wisdom and unlimited spiritual power will make one lead all living beings to the same elated state. Ultimately, it is the Mahayana Buddhism, which aims for the path to enlightenment.