Latitude & Longitude: 26 degrees 19'58.55" N 84 degrees 51'18.17" E
Areas suitable for Meditation The stupa at Kesariya is surrounded by paths and grassy areas and trees that might be suitable for meditation. However, the complex is open for people to wander in, and some of the local staff can be aggressive in seeking Baksheesh even during ceremonies such as circumambulation. Their behavior can at times be intimidating when applied to lone or isolated pilgrims.
Kesariya (note the identical root used in modern and ancient times) has a huge stupa commemorating the utterance of Kalama Sutta, and the gift of the Buddha's bowl before his Parinibbana. It reminds us of Borobudur in that there is a well-excavated side of the stupa where you can see what's left of 5 tiers of Buddha rupa (now reduced to torsos and legs). You have to stand way way back to be able to see these residual rupa. Many visitors did not go far enough, and likely saw primarily five tiers of bricks.
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Wikipedia entry on Kesariya
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