Our exclusive Bodhgaya 2019-2020 teaching tour offers a rare opportunity to attend the His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s sacred teaching and a rare Manjushri Empowerments at Kalachakra ground in Bodhgaya. This rare empowerment will open the hearts of practitioner to tantric teachings in the beautiful surroundings of Bodhgaya’s sacred land. Under the expert guidance of Geshe and a local Tibetan guide, you will embark upon a personal spiritual journey to receive the Manjushri Empowerments and teachings. Whether you are a practising Buddhist or an interested observer, you will be given the opportunity to gain intimate insight into the applications of the Buddha’s teachings. Participation in evening review sessions will help you to unravel the secrets of the Tantra and integrate your experience into daily life.
- Attend the Dalai Lama’s teachings and receive a heartfelt introduction to Buddhism
- Get the rare Manjushri Empowerments in the most sacred Buddhist location -Bodhgaya
- Participate in evening review sessions with Geshe la
- Pilgrimage to Mahakala cave, Rajgir and Nalanda
- Enjoy authentic encounters with a female Tibetan shaman, a yogi, a Rinpoche and an amchi
Our partner Hotel
Hotel Royal Residency Hotel Hotel Royal Residency, Bodhgaya TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Winner. The tour includes nine nights’ stay at the four-star Hotel Royal Residency. Ranked by TripAdvisor as Bodhgaya’s number one hotel, the Royal Residency provides easy access to Mahabodhi temple and the teaching ground. Furnished to a high standard, each room is equipped with two bathrooms. The hotel is most often frequented by Japanese pilgrims following the Buddha’s path. It is one of the best and the oldest four-star hotel in Bodhgaya.
Meet an amchi (doctor of Tibetan medicine): Amchis are traditional holders of knowledge of the Tibetan art and science of healing – the longest surviving uninterrupted medical system in human civilisation, which includes traditional medicine, astronomy, and astrology. The core motivation of an amchi is the well-being and happiness of the patient.
Encounter with a yogi: An opportunity to experience the yogic tradition in action. A yogi is a person who has dedicated his/her life to meditation and contemplation in solitary retreat, with only occasional contact with the outside world. The yogi will sing songs of the beloved Yogi Milarepa and perform an energetic chod session, exploring the roots of the inner feelings of the ‘self’.
Session with a lhamo (shaman oracle): A lhamo is a renowned person consulted as an oracle healer by Buddhists, Hindus and Muslims throughout the Himalayan region. Lhamos (or lhapas, when referring to female shamans) commune with both good and bad spirits by entering into a state of trance. They are experts in communication beyond the human realm and may perform blessings, divinations and healing sessions whilst in a state of trance.
Note: Meetings with yogis, shamans, Rinpoches and amchis, and visits to Rajgir, Nalanda and Mahakala cave will depend upon the final timetable.
Organiser: Dalai Lama Trust will be the main organiser and sponsor of the teachings.
Kalachakra in Bodhgaya: Since 1954, His Holiness has led a total of 33 Kalachakra initiations. five have been held in Bodhgaya, in 1974, 1985, 2003, 2012and 2017.
Teachings: The subject of the teachings will be Shantideva’s A Guide to the Boddhisattva’s Way of Life (chodjug), Avalokiteshvera Initiation (chenresig wang) and The Wheel of Teachings on Manjushri Empowerments (jamyang choekhor).
Teaching hours are decided one or two days in advance.But there will be only morning session keeping in mind that His Holiness the Dalai lama get enough rest.
Highlights: Tibetans will dedicate a long-life prayer ceremony to the Dalai Lama.
Registration: In general, the Dalai Lama’s teachings in India are free and open to the public. We will assist you in obtaining a permit, for which you will need to present your passport and two passport-sized photos. Teaching hours are decided one or two days prior to the event.
Seating: Our team will arrange seating for you in the English translation area during the Dalai lama teachings and initiation. In India, seating is usually on the ground. The convention amongst Tibetans is to mark a spot on the first day with a cushion or piece of cloth, and to keep to it for the duration.
Translation: The Dalai Lama teaches primarily in Tibetan. During most of his teachings in India, official translation into English and a few other languages is provided via FM radio, depending on the availability of approved translators. You are advised to bring a pocket-sized FM radio or MP3 player with radio. Please note that mobile phones are not permitted inside the teaching area.
Wednesday 25th of December 2019
Arrival in Delhi, city of a thousand constrasts
Arrive late evening at New Delhi and transfer to hotel.
Thursday 26th of December 2019
After your breakfast you will take your flight to Bodhgaya where you will have some free time to rest.
Bodhgaya is believed to be the location where over 2,500 years ago Siddhartha Gautama attained enlightenment at the foot of the Bodhi tree, also known as “the tree of wisdom.” Bodhgaya is the most important of the four holy places of Buddhism, the others being Sarnath, Kusinagar in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, and Lumbini, Nepal.
Then, you will visit Mahabodhi temple -declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002 with its diamond throne (the Vajrasana.) where Prince Siddhartha meditated under the Bodhi tree and attained nirvana more than 2,500 years ago, thus becoming the Buddha. Learn to recite the Heart Sutra and join hundreds of pilgrims in prayer for compassion and world peace.
Friday 27th of December 2019
Bodhgaya. Mahakala Cave.
After making your registrations for the teachings, we will drive to visit a cave of Dungeswari, where a meditator had a vision of Mahakala, a wrathful aspect of the Compassion Buddha. You had experience of Indian village life and feel the energy of kindness in meditation cave.
Saturday and Sunday 28th/29th of December 2019
On December 28 and 29 mornings, His Holiness will give teachings on Shantideva’s, A Guide to the Boddhisattva’s Way of Life (chodjug).
The Chodjug (guide to the Bodhisattva’s way of life)
The Chodjug (Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life) was composed by the saint and scholar Shantideva, of Nalanda University, and is used to develop compassion and the experience of ‘void nature’.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama considers this preliminary teaching to be more important than the actual Kalachakra initiation. The ancient text gives a concise and comprehensive introduction to the entire practice of Buddhism, guiding both laypersons and the ordained on the path to liberation and enlightenment. It has been used to teach everyone from beggars to kings, in a spirit of friendship and fellow humanity.
The Chodjug conveys the meaning of the Dharma in easily accessible language and is of special interest to those who wish to take up spiritual practice as a way of life. It covers Mahayana Buddhism’s core practical philosophy of compassion and has been widely quoted by Tibet’s great masters and scholars.
We thank you His Holiness, our kind teacher, for illuminating the path of the Bodhisattva and guiding us at Bodhgaya 2019-2020 -a celebration of the life of each and every human being on the earth and our potential for love, compassion and wisdom.
Monday 30th of December 2019
On December 30 morning, His Holiness will confer an Avalokiteshvera Initiation (chenresig wang).
Avalokiteshvera initiation (Chenresig Wang)
« Today I’m going to give the empowerment of Avalokiteshvara with 1000 arms and 1000 eyes. Avalokiteshvara is praised by all the Buddhas. He is the embodiment of the compassion of all the Victorious Ones. As Chandrakirti wrote in his ‘Entering into the Middle Way’ – compassion is important in the beginning, middle and end of the path. Buddhas and Bodhisattvas have great qualities of body, speech and mind based on minds that are rooted in compassion. To begin with all the Buddhas generated the awakening mind of bodhichitta based on their having a courageous heart of compassion. By serving others they fulfil their own purposes—because they have compassion.
We Tibetans call ourselves the people of Avalokiteshvara and likewise we regard the Chinese as blessed by Manjushri. However, until now we have tended to be selfish, driven by a self-cherishing attitude that has resulted in our not fulfilling our wishes. By switching that attitude to a concern for others and cultivating wisdom we can overcome the sufferings of others and ourselves. A commentary to the Perfection of Wisdom says that bodhisattvas focus on other beings and on enlightenment in order to help them.
Avalokiteshvara takes care of Tibetans, but if we allow ourselves to be consumed by anger, for example, we contradict that care.This practice of Avalokiteshvara with 1000 arms and 1000 eyes comes from the lineage of Bhikshuni Lakshmi. I received it first as a boy from Tagtra Rinpoche. Later, when I was in Dromo, I received it again from Kyabje Ling Rinpoche because I had been asked to give it. I did the necessary preparations and duly gave it. Since then I’ve continued to do the practice and recite the mantras.
So much suffering in the world is beyond the help of mere money and power. What we need is compassion and intelligence, although even that can be misused. To really be of help to others we need to be guided by compassion. »
Source – Dalailama.com
Tuesday 31st of December 2019
On December 31 morning, His Holiness will attend a Long Life offering prayer given to him.
Wednesday 1st of January 2020
Bodhgaya. Rajgir. Nalanda.
This morning, you will discover Rajgir or “Vulture Peak,” which takes its name from the shape of the rock where the Buddha spent many years of his life. In this sacred place, he gave important sermons such as the Prajnaparamita teaching, better known as the Heart Sutra. The Heart Sutra, an important Buddhist text, is commonly chanted by Buddhists at meetings and practices dedicated to meditation.
Then you will head to Nalanda which contains the ruins of the oldest Buddhist university, in which the most famous Indian scholars of their time had their education.
Thursday and Friday 2nd/3rd of January 2020
His Holiness will conclude the empowerments that he was not able to complete in Bodhgaya in December 2018 on The Wheel of Teachings on Manjushri Empowerments (jamyang choekhor) in the mornings.
The Wheel of teachings on Manjushri empowerments
« This ‘Manjushri Cycle of Teachings’ derives from the close lineage of Lama Umapa, Pawo Dorje,” His Holiness explained. “Even when he was a young boy herding sheep he had visions of Manjushri, particularly of an aspect black in colour. Later, he had visions of Manjushri daily. The ‘Manjushri Cycle of Teachings’ is unique to the Geluk lineage and includes guru yoga, the Solitary Hero Manjushri sadhana, blessings and so forth. Lama Umapa gave it to Je Tsongkhapa, from whom it was passed down to Jampel Gyatso, Kedrub Geleg Palzang, Baso Chökyi Gyaltsen, Chökyi Dorjé, Lobsang Dondrub, Kedrub Sanggyé Yeshé, Lobsang Chökyi Gyaltsen, Konchog Gyaltsen, Panchen Lobzang Yeshe, Lobzang Zopa, Lobzang Palden Yeshe, Lobzang Jampal and so forth.
“I received it from Tagdrak Rinpoché when I was a child. There are different ways to prepare to give cycles of teachings like this.
You can do preparatory rites for all the permissions at one time and then give the permissions one after another, or you can prepare for each permission separately before giving it. I’m going to follow the latter procedure and I’ve asked Jado Rinpoché to assist me by following and reading out the relevant meditation instructions because they are not always presented consecutively in the text.” Dalai lama
Over the next two days, you will participate in another set of teachings by His Holiness – a profoundly rich experience where he will conclude the empowerments that he was not able to complete in Bodhgaya in December 2018 on The Wheel of Teachings on Manjushri Empowerments (jamyang choekhor) in the mornings. »
Source – Dalailama.com
Saturday 4th of January 2020
Bodhgaya. Delhi. Home.
Last day of your trip and transfer to Bodhgaya airport for your flight for Delhi. Transfer to the international airport according to your departure times. (book the flight after 9.00 p.m.)