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 2015, we are running two distinctive pilgrimage programs to Tibet:
Pilgrimage to Kathmandu & Central Tibet
May 31 – June 16/20, 2015
[17 or 21 Days]
Travel on pilgrimage to the renowned power sites of “the second buddha” Padmasambhava, the 8th century tantrika credited with establishing Buddhism in Tibet, where he mystically concealed numerous treasure texts and relics (terma) to be recovered in later centuries.
Led by Daniel Hirshberg, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Asian Religions at the University of Mary Washington. Dan is an experienced traveler in the Himalayan world and specialist on the history of treasure (terma) sites in Tibet. He completed his Ph.D. in Tibetan studies at Harvard University.
See the pilgrimage itinerary, cost and details on the Treasure Sites of Padmasambhava page.
Pilgrimage to Kham, Eastern Tibet
August 12 – 29, 2015
Travel on pilgrimage to sites of the Rimé renaissance movement, to the heart of Vajrayana Buddhist revival, across the frontiers of the Kham region of eastern Tibet. We will visit the sites of the Rimé visionaries Jamgon Kongtrul and Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, the treasuer revealer Chogyur Lingpa, Dza Patrul Rinpoche, Mipham Gyatso and the caves of Padmasambhava and Yeshe Tsogyel as well as the headquarters of the Jonang tradition and the largest monastery in Tibet.
Led by Michael R. Sheehy, Ph.D., Head of Literary Research at the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center (TBRC) and the Founding Director at Jonang Foundation. Michael is a specialist on the literature and history of marginalized and endangered lineages of Buddhism in Tibet and the Rimé vision. He trained for several years in a Buddhist monastery in eastern Tibet and has led pilgrilmages to Tibet for over a decade.
Further Pilgrimage Links:
Travel in Tibet
We at Jonang Foundation host this pilgrimage to both give you an opportunity to visit and explore the deeply ingrained Buddhist culture on the Tibetan plateau as well as to support Tibetans in Tibet. We work directly with local Tibetan-owned businesses that employ Tibetans. We are ecologically conscious to leave minimal traces of our own pilgrim footprints on the land. Proceeds raised from this pilgrimage are allocated to education and cultural preservation projects that we facilitate on-the-ground in Tibet. This pilgrimage gives back directly to Tibetan communities.
Jonang Foundation Piligrimages take you through the ages and across the boundaries of cultural imagination to encounter sacred sites of living spiritual traditions throughout the Himalayan Vajrayana Buddhist world. We design each program to be an educational exploration of living Buddhist culture. By supplying both the highest quality accommodation and transportation, as well as expert leaders and local guides, these pilgrimages are a life-enriching experience.
Meditation sessions, pilgrimage rituals, personal exploratory time, optional hikes as well as regular lectures and discussions at monasteries and cultural sites on Buddhist philosophy and culture are integral to the journey.
The enrollment process consists of these 4 steps:
- Send an inquiry email to email@example.com with the word "PILGRIMAGE" in the subject line. You will be contacted by the pilgrimage leader or a foundation representative who can answer any questions that you may have.
- Setup an appointment to talk with the pilgrimage leader on Skype or the phone.
- Pay the $1000 nonrefundable enrollment downpayment to reserve a spot on the program. This fee will be credited towards your total amount due.
- Receive the invite and join the email forum exclusive for the pilgrilmage group. This forum will be moderated by your pilgrimage leader and serve as the platform via which to pose questions, communicate with your fellow pilgrims, distribute relevant information, and discuss logistics in preparation for the pilgrilmage.
For all queries about the pilgrimage, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the word "PILGRIMAGE" in the subject line.