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Eighteen Days
Availability : 20 Feb - 7 March
New Delhi
Bodhgaya
Min Age : 12
Attending 35TH Kagyu Monlam and mindfulness retreat in Bodhgya.
Date: 20 Feb – 07 March 2018. Cost: $2100 USD per person

BIEFING

Welcome to inner voyage into the realms of spirituality, an inward journey that will awaken the seed of Bodhichitta, the Buddha nature: an inherent quality in every sentient being, realization of which will led you to the ultimate liberation of yourself.
This divine tour is a window into the esoteric world of Tibetan Buddhism: a lifetime opportunity to receive blessings and teachings of His Holiness th 17th Karmapa Ogyen Thinley Dorjee ; guided pilgrimage with experienced Buddhist masters to the sacred Buddhist sites in and around Bodhgaya; introduction on mindful meditation; partaking in Green Tara Puja for removing any obstacle in your life; participation in Chod prayer session, a tantric ritual for cutting through one’s ego and we assist you in your search for inner peace, expand your mental horizon and its well being.

YOUR DAILY ROUTINE

We will keep our schedule relatively flexible to accommodate your immediate needs. However, we will still follow a lenient program as detailed below:

DAWN:

  • Waking up to the hot steaming cup of cleansing Tibetan herbal tea will invigorate your mind and generate positive energy.
  • Sitting Meditation at dawn to revitalize your mind and body throughout the day and calm down your chattering mind. You also have an option to combine the practice with daily morning puja if you wish.
  • Walking meditation around the Mahabodhi Tree & Temple: where the Buddha achieved enlightenment. The circumambulation or kora is an age-old religious tradition followed by the Tibetan. Circumambulation is done to cleanse the bodily defilement. It is also to pay your reverence to the sacred place.

 

MORNING:

  • To Attend the His Holiness the 17th Karmapa’s Pre-Monlam Teachings on The King of Samadhi Sutra from 22nd to 24th Feb 2018
  • To Attend 35th Kagyu Monlam from 26th Feb – 5th March 2018.
  • Pilgrimage tour to Bodhi tree, Mahabodhi temple, Nalanda, Vulture peak, Sarnath and Varanasi.

 

EVENING:

  • Recapitulation of daytime teachings, penal discussion and Q&A sessions
  • Introduction to Buddhism by Geshe or scholar on Tibetan buddhism
  • Green Tara Puja: This prayer is done to remove any obstacles in your life, be it spiritual or mundane. Participation in these rituals may benefit you from clearing the obstacles that deters you from achieving success.
  • Chod ritual is an esoteric tantric practice aiming at cutting your ego or attachment to your body by mental visualizing the offering of your body to all sentient being especially to the restless hungry creatures of the spirit world. Highly realized tantric masters perform this ritual.

HOLY SITES TO BE VISITED:

  • Mahabodhi Tree & Temple: where the Buddha achieved enlightenment
  • Vulture’s Peak: where the Buddha taught the Perfection of Wisdom Sutras turning the 3rd wheel of Dharma
  • Nalanda: it is said to be one of the earliest universities in the world, founded in the 5th century, where renowned Buddhist scholars such as Nagarjuna, Chandrakirti and Shanti deva studied.
  • Sarnath: Sarnath is the place where Buddha delivered his first sermon to his disciples on four noble truth
  • Varanasi: the city draws Hindu pilgrims who bathe in the Ganges River’s sacred waters and perform funeral rites. Along the city’s winding streets are some 2,000 temples.

 

Transportation, Departure & Return Location

New Delhi International Airport (Google Map)

  • Return airport and round trip transfers.
  • By flight from Delhi – bodhgaya and Bodhgaya to Delhi.
  • All ground transport are provided by car.
Itinerary

DAY 1BODHGYA (Arrival) (20th Feb 2018)

• Arrival in Bodhgaya
• Evening meeting with fellow pilgrimages
• Introduction session with your fellow pilgrim and Teacher.
• Overnight stay at Hotel
• Dinner provided

DAY 2BODHGAYA (Registration) (21st Feb 2018)

• Morning begins at 6:30am with steaming a cup of cleansing Tibetan medicinal herbal tea, followed by guided meditation for 45 min
• After breakfast registration for Kagyu Monlam
• Visit to Mahabodhi Temple and Walking tour or circumambulation (Kora) of Mahabodhi Temple.
• Evening Introduction of His Holiness teaching .
• Overnight stay at Hotel
• Breakfast and Dinner provided

DAY 3BODHGAYA (Pre-Monlam Teaching) (22nd Feb 2018)

• Morning begins at 6:30am with steaming a cup of cleansing Tibetan medicinal herbal tea, followed by guided meditation for 45 min
• Teaching by His Holiness Karmapa’s Pre-Monlam Teachings on The King of Samadhi Sutra
• Free for lunch
• Afternoon Continues teachings by His Holiness on Pre-Monlam Teachings on The King of Samadhi Sutra.
• Evening teaching review and panel discussion with tour Teacher
• Overnight stay at Hotel
• Breakfast and Dinner provided (B+D)

DAY 4BODHGAYA (Pre-Monlam Teaching) (23rd Feb 2018

• Guided Breathing Meditation 45 min beginning at 6:00am
• Breakfast
• Continues teachings by His Holiness on King of Samadhi Sutra.
• Free for Lunch
• After noon Afternoon Continues teachings by His Holiness on Pre-Monlam Teachings on The King of Samadhi Sutra.

Evening attend private Green Tara puja at noon held especially for the group.
• Recapitulation of daytime teachings and panel discussion with your tour teacher.
• Overnight stay at Monastery guest house
• Breakfast and Dinner provided (B+D)

DAY 5BODHGAYA (Pre-Monlam Teaching) (24th Feb 2018)

• Morning begins at 6:30am with steaming a cup of cleansing Tibetan medicinal herbal tea, followed by guided meditation for 45 min
• Breakfast
• Continuous teaching by His Holiness on The King of Samadhi Sutra.
• Evening session1: Chod prayer session with Tibetan Yogi
• Evening session 2: Recapitulation of daytime teachings and panel discussion with your tour teacher.
• Overnight stay at Hotel
• Breakfast and Dinner provided (B+D)

DAY 6BODHGAYA (Pilgrimage to Nalanda and Vulture peak) (25th Feb 2018)

• Early Breakfast
• Pilgrimage tour to Vulture’s Peak and Nalanda
• Overnight stay in Bodhgaya
• Breakfast and Dinner provided (B+D)

DAY 7BODHGAYA ( 35th Kagyu Monlam) (26th Feb 2018)

• Morning begins at 6:30am with steaming a cup of cleansing Tibetan medicinal herbal tea, followed by guided meditation for 45 min
• Breakfast
• Attend 35th Kagyu monlam.
• Evening session 1: Chod prayer session with Tibetan Yogi.
• Evening session 2: Recapitulation of daytime teachings and panel discussion with your tour teacher.
• Breakfast and Dinner provided (B+D)

DAY 8BODHGAYA ( 35th Kagyu Monlam) (27th Feb 2018)

• Morning begins at 6:30am with steaming a cup of cleansing Tibetan medicinal herbal tea, followed by guided meditation for 45 min
• Breakfast
• Attend 35th Kagyu monlam.
• Evening session 1: Green Tara puja with Tibetan Buddhist nun
• Evening session 2: Recapitulation of daytime teachings and panel discussion with your tour teacher.
• Overnight stay at Hotel
• Breakfast and Dinner provided (B+D)

DAY 9BODHGAYA ( 35th Kagyu Monlam) (28th Feb 2018)

• Morning begins at 6:30am with steaming a cup of cleansing Tibetan medicinal herbal tea, followed by guided meditation for 45 min
• Breakfast
• Attend 35th Kagyu monlam.
• Evening session1: Recapitulation of daytime teachings and panel discussion with your tour teacher.
• Overnight stay at Hotel
• Breakfast and Dinner provided (B+D)

DAY 10BODHGAYA ( 35th Kagyu Monlam) (1st march 2018)

• Morning begins at 6:30am with steaming a cup of cleansing Tibetan medicinal herbal tea, followed by guided meditation for 45 min
• Breakfast
• Attend 35th Kagyu monlam.
• Evening session1: Special audience with H.E the Yongay Mingyur rinpoche.
Evening session 2: Chod prayer with Tibetan Yogi.
• Overnight stay at Hotel
• Breakfast and Dinner provided (B+D)

DAY 11BODHGAYA ( 35th Kagyu Monlam) (2nd March 2018)

• Morning begins at 6:30am with steaming a cup of cleansing Tibetan medicinal herbal tea, followed by guided meditation for 45 min
• Breakfast
• Attend 35th Kagyu monlam.
• Evening session : Recapitulation of daytime teachings and panel discussion with your tour teacher.
• Overnight stay at Hotel
• Breakfast and Dinner provided (B+D

DAY 12BODHGAYA ( 35th Kagyu Monlam) (3rd March 2018)

• Morning begins at 6:30am with steaming a cup of cleansing Tibetan medicinal herbal tea, followed by guided meditation for 45 min
• Breakfast
• Attend 35th Kagyu monlam.
• Evening Recapitulation of daytime teachings and panel discussion with your tour teacher.
• Overnight stay at Hotel
• Breakfast and Dinner provided (B+D)

DAY 13BODHGAYA ( 35th Kagyu Monlam) (4th March 2018)

• Morning begins at 6:30am with steaming a cup of cleansing Tibetan medicinal herbal tea, followed by guided meditation for 45 min
• Breakfast
• Attend 35th Kagyu monlam.
• Evening session1: Special audience with H.H the 17th Karmapa.
• Evening session 2: Recapitulation of daytime teachings and panel discussion with your tour teacher.
• Overnight stay at Hotel
• Breakfast and Dinner provided (B+D)

DAY 14BODHGAYA ( 35th Kagyu Monlam) (5th March 2018)

• Morning begins at 6:30am with steaming a cup of cleansing Tibetan medicinal herbal tea, followed by guided meditation for 45 min
• Breakfast
• Attend 35th Kagyu monlam closing ceremony and Marmay monlam prayer
• Evening session 2: Recapitulation of daytime teachings and panel discussion with your tour teacher.
• Overnight stay at Hotel
• Breakfast and Dinner provided (B+D)

DAY 15BODHGAYA – VARANASI (6th March 2018)

• After early breakfast drive Varanasi.
• Evening participate in Ganga Aarti. Get a glimpse of the spiritualism at the Ganga Ghats. Relish Ganga Aarti on boat
• Overnight at Varanasi hotel.
• Breakfast and Dinner prsovided (B+D)

DAY 16Varanasi (7th March 2018)

• Early moring boat ride on the Ganges to experience Ganges as devotees offer water to the Sun God and believers taking holy dip in the Ganges.
• Visit some Hindu temple
• Breakfast at Hotel
• Pilgrimage tour to Sarnath (Buddha temples, the Dhamekha stupa, Chaukhandi stupa and the archaeological museum)
• Overnight at Varanasi hotel.
• Breakfast and Dinner provided (B+L)

DAY 17VARANASI – DELHI (8th March 2018)

• After Breakfast drive to airport and fly Delhi
• After arrival check into hotel at Delhi
• Evening prepare for your international flight. Transfer to International Airport for outbound flight in the late evening.
• Breakfast provided (B)

Price Includes

  • Assistance upon arrival and departure
  • Accommodation on Twin sharing basis as per listed above
  • 14 nights accommodation in Bodhgaya
  • 02 nights accommodation in Varanasi
  • 01 night accommodation in Delhi.
  • 17 Breakfast and 17 Dinner
  • Transportation from Bodhgaya to Varanasi.
  • Air ticket from Varanasi to Delhi
  • All sightseeing tours by Deluxe AC Bus vehicle/Ac car
  • Airport drop in delhi during your departure
  • 01 mineral water bottles per person per day
  • Environment fee / Entry fee to all sites
  • All applicable present government taxes
  • Guidance of tour teacher
  • All the tour guides with a local guide.
  • Meditation and Prayers teacher.
  • Cushion for meditaion and teaching
  • FM radio for teaching translation

Price Excludes

  • Single room supplement ($650 USD) (If you wish to stay a single)
  • *Medical and Travel Insurance (Compulsory)*
  • International flight ticket
  • Visa fee (You must obtain your own Visa)
  • Drinks (Alcoholic)
  • Any Kind of Personal Expenses, Optional Tours
  • Tips
  • Anything not specified under the head "Prices included"
  • Extra meals above Itinerary, Laundry, Telephone Charges
  • Any type of Natural Crises, Road Blocking and Flight Delay Charges
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