"This book is my gesture of gratitude to India, the Mother of Knowledge, the Aryadesa, where the Bhagawan Buddha performed magnificent deeds at holy places. In this volume, we have gathered together much useful information to help the pilgrim enter each sacred space with awareness of the great acts performed at each historic site in the past, and appreciation for the present invitation to enter into the Dharma.
The Dharma Bell offers this invitation: It represents Sambhogakaya, the Buddha's Awakened Speech communicated through sound. Communication through sound speaks truth directly to heart and mind, enabling the teachings to continue by bringing them alive for individuals. When the bell is rung at holy places, the sound transmits the blessings inherent in this essential message. I hope that each pilgrim takes a moment to ring the bell and receive these blessings. May each and every one awaken from the ignorance of not knowing why we are here on this earth..."
Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche