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
*For the latest on the re-scheduled program see the post, Revised Pilgrilmage to Mount Kailash 2014.
Due to a road block in western Tibet, the regularly scheduled program was re-routed to pilgrimage sites in central and southeastern Tibet and will proceed as scheduled. A revised program to Mount Kailash is scheduled for August.
Pilgrimage to Mount Kailash
August 04 - August 25, 2014 (21 Days)
$5,900 per person
**Deadline for enrollment is July 15, 2014. Spaces are limited.
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.