Come and join the walking pilgrimage and visit the holy sites of Buddha, blessed by the Buddha, holy saints of the past, and celebrate the anniversary of the Buddha’s descent from Trayastrimsha heaven (after teaching his mother who had taken rebirth there, for three months) with His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa and his spiritual entourage, against the backdrop of historical sites, meditation caves, and archaic frescoes of meditational deities.
Just like the ancient times when the Buddha walked with his disciples and taught them through his physical actions and verbal expressions, His Holiness and his spiritual sons and daughters will help us relive the ancient traditions of spirituality as well as connect this ancient wisdom with our modern life.
A pilgrimage to holy places is also a practice of devotion. By showing veneration at the holy sites, one is able to purify one’s body, speech and mind. With this correct understanding, the pilgrim would be endowed with Right Motivation, Right Speech and Right Action. Visiting the holy pilgrimage sites with correct attitude will help us in the practice of Buddhadharma.
The most important places of pilgrimage in Buddhism are located in the Gangetic plains of Northern India and Southern Nepal, in the area between New Delhi and Rajgir. This is the area where Lord Buddha lived and taught, and the main sites connected to his life are now important places of pilgrimage for both Buddhists and Hindus.
Since the Mahaparinirvana of the Buddha, these four holy sites of Buddhism have become the focal points for pious disciples to rally around and seek inspiration. By the time of King Ashoka, four more places, namely: Shravasti, Sankasya, Rajgir and Vaishali, that were closely associated with the Buddha and scenes of his principal miracles, were added to the pilgrimage itinerary. Together they make the Eight Great Places of pilgrimage.
SIX OPTIONS including those shorter duration, have been carefully designed so that as many people as possible could join us in this blessed journey.
|Option||Dates||Holy Sites To Be Covered|
|A||Nov 1-30*||Varanasi, Bodh Gaya, Nalanda, Vulture Peak, Vaishali, Kushinagar & Lumbini|
|B||Nov 7-13*||Bodh Gaya|
|C||Nov 11-18*||Bodh Gaya, Nalanda & Vulture Peak|
|D||Nov 24-30||Kushinagar & Lumbini|
|E||Nov 1-18*||Varanasi, Bodh Gaya, Nalanda & Vulture Peak|
|F||Nov 11-30*||Bodh Gaya, Nalanda, Vulture Peak, Vaishali, Kushinagar & Lumbini|
**NOTE: A special prayer will be performed in Bodh Gaya on Lhabab Duchen (November 13), the anniversary of Buddha’s return from Trayastrimsha Heaven, after preaching the Abhidharma to his mother who took rebirth there. In addition, the points of convention will be further finetuned as the dates draw closer.