“It’s very unfortunate, actually there should be no need for security in a religious place,” a Dalai Lama aide told the Times Now.
The Hindustan Times reports that for years Pakistan-based, al-Qaeda-linked militants have considered Bodh Gaya as a potential target of suicide bombings.
The Times added that Sunday’s attack is believed to be a retribution for the atrocities committed by militant Buddhist monks Myanmar on Rohingya Muslims.
The Mahabodhi temple, particularly around the Bodhi tree, is one of the most peaceful places imaginable (this author has been there).
For more than a millennium Buddhists from all over the world have meditated at the site, where the Buddha is said to have “attained the unattained supreme security from bondage” (i.e. enlightenment, Nirvana) in 531 BCE.
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