Ancient Temple at the Buddha’s Birthplace

2D9769872-131125-coslog-buddha-9a.blocks_desktop_largeCheck out this news story on NBCnew.com (link) about new archaeological evidence for an ancient Buddhist temple at Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha. The story mentions this conclusion from archaeologist Robin Coningham:

“For the first time, we actually have scientific evidence leading to the establishment of a major Buddhist shrine,” he said. It’s not beyond the realm of possibility to speculate that the ancient tree at the center of Lumbini’s holy site was the same tree that Buddha’s mother held onto when he was born, as described in Buddhist tradition.” This is one of those rare occasions when belief, traditions, archaeology and science come together,” Coningham said.

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