India and Nepal 2019 with Ven Geshe Tenley.

Our precious resident teacher, Geshe Tenley, has repeatedly impressed on his students the importance of making pilgrimage to the holy sites of Buddhism. At the request of several students, Geshe-la has kindly agreed to lead a pilgrimage to India and Nepal for a small group in January 2019. This trip will be physically and mentally demanding, a unique opportunity for students to further develop their practice outside of their usual comfort zone. It will be an intimate trip under the direct guidance of Geshe Tenley, and therefore, priority will be given to Geshe-la’s regular students before others can be considered.

Geshe Tenley will lead a pilgrimage from January 5-20, 2019 to some of the most important Buddhist sites in the world.   The pilgrimage will begin in Nepal with visits to the holy sites of Kathmandu Valley, including Boudhanath and the great Bhoudha Stupa, Swayambhunath and its stupa and other sacred architecture, and Pharping with its connection to great yogis and those gone to bliss. The pilgrimage will continue to Lumbini, where Shakyamuni Buddha was born, and then into North India where the group will see the places of Shakyamuni Buddha’s enlightenment and passing into nirvana, including Bodhgaya, Nalanda, Vulture's Peak, Kushinagar and Vaishali,

If you are interested in applying to join the 2019 India and Nepal Pilgrimage Trip with Geshe Tenley, please fill out the next few questions to let us know!

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* 1. Please tell us who you are and how we can contact you.

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* 2. Do we have your permission to contact you about this pilgrimage and possible future pilgrimage trips with Geshe Tenley?

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* 3. How do you know Geshe Tenley?

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* 4. Have you traveled overseas before?

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* 5. Do you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies?

IMPORTANT: Before you scroll down and click "OK" please take a few minutes and read the following:

  • This is not a tour, rather, it is a pilgrimage.  The proper motivation for doing pilgrimage is to receive Buddha’s blessing and learn about Buddhism.
  • Geshe-la strongly advises pilgrims to keep a mind open to whatever experiences that may come — positive and negative — and to avoid disturbing thoughts, stressing, or complaining before, during, or after the pilgrimage.
  • It is essential that pilgrims be in good health, in a reasonable level of fitness, and motivated by a positive attitude (e.g. enthusiastic perseverance or joyful effort)
  • Ideally pilgrims will already have a connection with Geshe Tenley, and preference will be given to his current students.
  • Dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated on this trip, and those with such restrictions will need to plan accordingly and bring or acquire their own supplemental foods.
  • Logistical changes are inevitable on this type of trip, depending on local conditions (e.g. climate, politics, resources, etc.) and other factors beyond anybody’s control. Students should prepare their minds for the eventuality of change.
  • Some of the areas to be visited are remote and facilities, such as toilets, water, or food provisions, will be limited, quite different from those in the U.S., and in some cases, completely unavailable.
  • Roads for driving are rough, with many made of dirt and/or stones, and local infrastructure does not adequately support their maintenance. Be prepared for as many as eight hours on the road some days. Students who experience car-sickness may decide this trip is not suitable for them.

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* 6. Does that all sound OK?

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