Living in the Land of the Buddha

Map of the Buddha's ancient India

As we read the suttas, it is important that they happened in specific places, many of which we can visit today. Below is a simple map that shows the major kingdoms and cities we learn about in the suttas. Download the pdf with two on each page and place a copy in whatever book you are working with. If you use it as a bookmark, it will encourage you to pay attention to the palaces you read about. You can make a determination to check each time you read about a place and try and find it on the map. Not every city or kingdom is listed, by you will find most of them.

Jambudipa is the name in the suttas that the Buddha used for India. It can be translated as Rose Apple (jambu) Island (dipa).

Feel free to use this map as a handout in classes. This map was originally based on one found on BuddhaNet.net. If you put this on a website, please link back to this page.

Cities and places

Click the links below to go the the Dictionary of Pali Proper Names entries

And here is a link to the Index of the Dictionary of Pali Proper Names.

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