Pilgrimage Programs 2014

Jonang Foundation pilgrimages are customized educational travel programs designed to explore sacred spaces and pilgrimage sites throughout Buddhist Vajrayana culture. Each pilgrimage program is an immersion into Buddhist life with lectures and discussions conducted onsite by specialists in small groups. Special attention is given to the study of Buddhist art, philosophy and history, and time in contemplative practice settings. 

In 2014, we are running two back-to-back pilgrimage programs to Tibet and one to Mongolia.



A Pilgrim's Journey to the Heart of Tibet

The program is divided into two distinct trips, overlapping to allow participants to join either or both:

Trip 01: Lhasa & Surrounding Yogin Caves

May 25 - June 04, 2014 (11 Days)
$4,900 per person

Trip 01 will be centered in Lhasa with excursions to surrounding meditation caves. We will explore the city of Lhasa, and many of the important sites of the founding yogins and yoginis of Tibet including Padmasambhava and Yeshe Tsogyal, Atisha and early Kadam masters. See details below.

Trip 02: Great Horse Year Festival at Mount Kailash

June 03 - June 24, 2014 (21 Days)
 $5,900 per person

Trip 02 visits places of importance to the Kagyu and Jonang traditions, the ancient Tholing Monastery of Guge, as well as special visits to the primary historical seats of the Karma Kagyu, Shangpa Kagyu, and Bon. The trip culminates at one of the most celebrated events for pilgrims in Tibet, The Great Horse Year Festival during the Buddhist celebration of Saga Dawa at Mount Kailash — an event that happens only every 12 years. 

Read the JF Pilgrimage FAQ Sheet.

See the program itinerary and details, Pilgrimage to Tibet 2014.


Kalachakra Pilgrimage to Mongolia

We are delighted to offer a customized educational program to Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Mongolia with Professor Vesna Wallace, a leading scholar on Mongolian Buddhism and the Kalachakra tradition. 
July 15 - July 27, 2014 (13 Days)
$4,900 per person
This program immerses participants in Mongolian Buddhist life and practice with a special emphasis on the Kalachakra tradition. We at Jonang Foundation are particularly excited to bring you this program because of the historical connection of the Jonangpa with Mongolia from the time of Taranatha and Zanabazar 01. For more on this, see Taranatha in Mongolia and Taranatha's Travels in Mongolia.
The journey begins in the capital of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar. From there you travel south to Hamar Monastery in the Gobi Desert and visit the surrounding countryside. You travel on to the Land of Shambhala where the Mongolian Buddhist author and artist Danzanravjaa gathered with his disciples to paint amidst the multi-colored hills. Circling back to Ulaanbaatar for a day, you make your way to Kharakhorum, the ancient city capital of the Mongol Empire set in the Orkhon River basin. The journey then takes you across the Mongol grassland steppes — to Uvurhangai and Arhangai — along the slopes of the Khangai mountains, to the spectacular northern Gobi strip at Elsen Tasarhai.
See the program itinerary and details, Pilgrimage to Mongolia 2014.