About This Site
14th Annual Report
Canberra, 30/04/2014. Since January 2013 I have been teaching Hindi/Urdu at the Australian National University. In the last year I have not had much chance to update this site with news about Bodhgaya but have added the occassional update to my publications and conference attendences. If you are interested to learn more about me you might like to also read some of the following articles related to my life.
Article about my experiences in India from Saptahik Outlook 2004 (Hindi)
Hindi in Banaras & how
I learned Hindi
I've learned three types of Hindi
Interview with Sunanda
Interview with Atmaram
My current contact details are:
Melbourne, January 23 2012. I have run this site now for coming up on ten years I realise. Unfortunately I am not working much on Bodhgaya at the moment so I am not updating the news that much these days. However, I hope to keep the site running and put other sorts of things up that reflect my current activities. Nowadays I am again teaching Hindi and Buddhist Studies at La Trobe University in Melbourne. My contact details are:
Singapore, (September 14, 2009). It has now been seven years that I have kept this site running. The main content continues to be stories about Bodhgaya, there are around two hundred and fifty or so. The other main thing on the site is the database version of the Pali text of the Pali canon, which many people have found useful. There are also some miminal Hindi glossaries which learners may find useful.
This site is run by Peter Friedlander who taught Hindi and and a course called Language Culture and Identiy in South Asia at the National University of Singapore in Singapore from March 2008 to June 2010.
New Search Translations Facility
Sorry that the frequency of updates is low nowadays, but remember
there are still lots of stories in the archives and I still keep a
watch on stories in the Hindi press on Bodhgaya, so do visit again.
Melbourne, (23 March, 2005). It has been three years now since I began this site. For the last year I also have to say my enthusiasm for updating it with stories about Bodhgaya has also been low as I have been involved in lots of other projects. However, I have found a new, more economical web hosting service, and so will maintain the present pages for the moment. I also hope to add articles as and when I see things that excite me.
First Annual Report
Original introduction to the website.
This website aims to present a picture of what's happening in the Buddhist pilgrimage centre of Bodhgaya in the state of Bihar in India.
The intention is to cover four main areas of news about Bodh Gaya: what's in the press, both English and Hindi, about Bodh Gaya, what events are happening there, what kind of meditation programs are scheduled and news about development activity in Bodh Gaya.
News about Bodh Gaya is not prominent in the international Media.
Every so often there are articles in the Indian English language newspapers.
But, everyday there are articles about Bodh Gaya in the local Hindi
For the most part these are not available on the net, however, the
Dainik Jagran's internet edition often includes news from Gaya which
sometimes includes news from Bodh Gaya. However, the news often needs
some commentary to to be comprehensible if you are not following the
kind of stories which are curent in Bodh Gaya.
What I intend to provide here is a collection of past and current stories
from the Hindi press, mostly in the forms of translations or summaries,
with some notes to help explain the context of the story in some cases.
I have a lot of older stories from Bodhgaya, mostly in the form of Hindi texts with vocabularies and notes for students learning Hindi.
This site is run by Peter Friedlander. I have a long standing interest in Bodhgaya and have been visiting it off and on since the late 1970s when I first set eyes on the Mahabodhi Temple.
Currently I am interested in what is happening in Bodhgaya on many levels, spiritual, social and historical. My intention is through this website to foster awareness of the complexity of Bodhgaya as a sacred site.
Texts and Translations © Peter G. Friedlander unless otherwise indicated.