Nepal-Tibet-Kailash-Manasarovar Pilgrimage

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 August 18 - September 8, 2020

We follow the path of the spiritual practitioner, visiting ancient power points and sacred spaces in Nepal and Tibet.

Our journey follows the spirit of the spiritual researcher, who surrenders to the spiral of life, follows the eternal energy of the earth, practices the teachings of inner transformation, and strengthens the connection with their divine spirit and power. We will practice and share ancient teachings through history, Buddhist and Sanskrit philosophy, the practice of evil and ancient Himalayan shamanism, to seek a deeper awareness and open the doors to spiritual rebirth. Below are some of the places we will visit. The pilgrimage will also include shamanic ceremonial work.

 

The itinerary:

18 August 2020 arrival in Kathmandu. We will spend a few days in the city visiting sacred sites before flying to Lhasa. In Lhasa we will visit:

Jokhang Temple, a Buddhist temple in Barkhor Square in Lhasa. This temple is considered the holiest and most important in Tibet, the place where the Data Lamas studied.
The Drepung monastery, located at the foot of Mount Gephel, is the largest of all Tibetan monasteries. It was here that the first Dalai Lama was proclaimed and until the 5th Dalai Lama Tibet was ruled from here. Drepung is one of the "big three" university gompas of Gelug of Tibet. The other two are the monasteries Sera and Ganden.
Sera Monastery - The largest learning center, with the largest number of monks. The Yamantaka Chapel is the main shrine and the most important place of the monastery.
Potala Palace - The administrative and religious center of Tibet and residence of the Dalai Lamas from the 5th to the 14th century.

After a few days exploring Lhasa, while we get used to the altitude, we will travel to Gyantse. Visits to Pelkor Chode, the main monastery in the Nyangchu River Valley and Kumbum Monastery. Kumbum in Tibetan means 100,000 images. There are nine levels, 108 cells and 75 chapels in the sanctuary. Each chapel is decorated with murals, some have various statues of Buddha, Bodhisattva and deities.

From Gyantse, we travel to Shigatse, Tibet's second largest city. We visit the Tashilunpo Monastery, home to the Panchen Lama, Tibet's second most important spiritual leader, the reincarnation of the Buddha Amitabha, the Buddha with infinite lights. A huge temple complex with hundreds of resident monks.

Then we travel to the monastery of Sakya, home of the Sakya Tibetan School of Buddhism. The highlights here are the "Right-turning conch shell" (a traditional Vedic instrument), the library that houses thousands of volumes of sacred Buddhist writings, and the Tara temple on the other side of the river.

Our journeys take us to the monastery of Chiu Gompa, the Palace of Guru Rinpoche at the base of Mount Kailash, near the revered sacred lake Manasarovar, where we will spend a few days. There is a cave in the monastery where Milarepa and Padmasambhava meditated.

Mount Kailash is also Shiva's domain. The August full moon is the most powerful spiritual moment to visit the lake and the mountain. We will do the purification ritual on the lake and also the ritual of the full moon. Here we have a mix of traditions that merge: Buddhist tradition identifies the mountain as the place of Lama Demchok, the eternal Lama bliss. The shamanic tradition of the Himalayas also identifies the mountain as the domain of Shiva, the destroyer of illusion and the enlightened being dancing surrounded by fire, having transformed the basic nature into its illuminated stage.

In Kailash Mountain we have two options: most participants will visit the sacred lake, the mountain (in eco-bus) and also the monastery in the area to dedicate the days to the ceremony and spiritual practice. However, there is an option for those who are physically very fit to undertake circumambulation of the sacred mountain. They will be supported by the practices of the rest of the group in the monastery.

We return to Lhasa before returning to Kathmandu. Departs Kathmandu on September 8, 2020.

Each step of our journey proceeds through spiritual practices and a team of teachers working with Bhola Banstola and Fotoula Adrimi, who in the meantime have turned off time meditating and channeling the spiritual guidance and practices that will accompany this pilgrimage.

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