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Meditative Pilgrimage – November
From Tuesday, 12. November 2019
To Saturday, 16. November 2019
Location : Main Gompa for introduction, then various pilgrimage sites

Holy sites to be visited

  • Mahabodhi Tree & Stupa: where the Buddha manifested enlightenment.

  • Vulture's Peak: where Buddha taught the Perfection of Wisdom Sutras turning the 2nd wheel of Dharma.

  • Mahakala Cave: said to be a place where Lord Buddha did ascetic practices.

  • Sujata: where Lord Buddha also did ascetic practices & was offered food before attaining enlightenment.

  • Gurupada Cave: renowned as the site of Asanga's 12-year retreat which led to his vision of Maitreya Buddha.

  • Nalanda: one of the earliest universities in the world, founded in the 5th century, where renowned Buddhist scholars such as Nagarjuna, Chandrakirti and Shantideva studied.

  • Muchalinda Lake: where the Buddha spent the six weeks in meditation after His Enlightenment 

Making the most of our journey

At each site the group will be given important information about the site and led into different meditations and practices relevant to the place. During the first day of the course there will be a Dharma talk: Being a pilgrim versus being a tourist.

Pilgrimage needs faith. More faith, more happiness. Otherwise, we are just like tourists looking at ruins. Pilgrimage is not just going to holy places and taking pictures. We go to holy places for blessing, so it's good to do practices at the different holy places.

Bodhgaya is not only the place where the Buddha showed the holy deed of achieving enlightenment under the bodhi tree but also where all the great pandits such as Nagarjuna and Asanga practiced and made so many prayers. Also many great enlightened beings and yogis from Tibet, China, Nepal and other countries came here and made many prayers to benefit us sentient beings so there would be unbelievable, unbelievable benefit for us to purify negative karma and accumulate merit as quickly as possible.

I think you are very fortunate to be able to come to Bodhgaya, where a thousand buddhas will descend, place their holy feet, display holy deeds, and achieve enlightenment. Guru Shakyamuni Buddha is the fourth of the thousand buddhas. The rest of the buddhas will descend here and will also display the twelve deeds, and the holy deed, achieving enlightenment.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche



Tue 12 Nov Introduction
2:00 pm Welcome from Spiritual Programme Coordinator (SPC)  
3:30 pm

Pilgrimage to seven sites of Mahabodhi Stupa complex, Bodhgaya

6:00 pm Dinner
Wed 13 Nov   Gurupada Cave
5:30 am Pilgrimage to Gurupada (with take away breakfast)
2:00 pm Lunch at Root Institute (please book at reception)
Thu 14 Nov   Mahakala Cave, Sujata & a surprise place with a very special person
7:30 am Breakfast
8:00 am Pilgrimage to Mahakala Cave & Sujata
12:30 pm Lunch at Root Institute (please book at reception)
 2:30 pm Pilgrimage to a surprise place with a very special person
Fri 15 Nov  Vultures Peak, Rajgir and Nalanda Ruins
5:30 am Depart (with take away breakfast)
12:30 pm Lunch at Rajgir
1:30 pm Pilgrimage to Nalanda University
6:00 pm Dinner at Root Institute (please book at reception)
Sat 16 Nov Local temples
7:30 am Breakfast
9:00 am Pilgrimage for local Buddhist temples
12:00 pm Lunch at Root Institute (please book at reception)
 2:00 pm Visit to Root Institute's social projects

Those interested in registering for one or all of the pilgrimages, kindly contact the SPC department between 10 am and 12 noon. Thank you.

Please note: This schedule is subject to change.