#44 Sacred Places

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Martin Gray
 is a seasoned explorer, photographer and travel writer renowned for his profound insights into pilgrimage to sacred sites around the world. He created the World Pilgrimage Guide website in 1996, which has received more than 100 million visitors and shares lists of places, writings and photos of sacred sites in over 160 countries around the planet. In 2004 National Geographic published “The Geography of Religion” of his photos. In 2007 Sterling published Sacred Earth, a collection of 200 of photographs. 

Sacred Sites / World Pilgrimage Guide

Mentioned in the episode: Shortcut to Nirvana by Maurizio Benazzo and Nick Day


  • 0:00 –  Introduction
  • 2:52 – Background and interest in sacred sites
  • 7:26 – Energetic experiences
  • 15:30 – Pilgrimages
  • 17:18 – Power places
  • 24:42 – Map of sacred sites
  • 29:54 – Tips for Western travelers at sacred sites
  • 35:28 – Cumulative energy of sacred sites
  • 37:24 – Sound at sacred sites
  • 41:55 – Schewedegon pagoda soundscape
  • 51:08 – Shortcut to nirvana
  • 54:40 – Martin’s most personal sacred sacred sites

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