Pilgrimage to Mongolia 2014

Kalachakra Pilgrimage to Mongolia

A Cultural & Educational Travel Program Hosted by Jonang Foundation

 
July 15 - July 27, 2014 (13 Days)
$4,900 per person
 
We are delighted to offer this customized educational program to Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Mongolia with Professor Vesna Wallace. 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.
 
 

Educational Program

We tailor each Jonang Foundation pilgrimage 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, we design our pilgrimage programs to be 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 Mongolian culture with Professor Vesna Wallace are integral to the journey. 
 

Travel in Mongolia

We at Jonang Foundation host this pilgrimage to give you an opportunity to visit and explore the deeply ingrained Buddhist culture on the Mongolian steppe. We work directly with local Mongolian-owned business partners. 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. 

 

Pilgrimage Leader 

 
 
Vesna Wallace is professor of Buddhist studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is a specialist on Indian Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism, and Mongolian Buddhism, and is a leading scholar on the Kalachakra tradition. Her books include The Inner Kalachakra Tantra as well as translations of two chapters of the tantra, i.e. The Kalachakra Tantra: The Chapter on the Individual and The Kalachakra Tantra: The Chapter on the Sadhana
 
 
 
 
 
Pilgrimage Itinerary
 
JULY 15 | DAY 1) Arrive in Ulaanbaatar. HOTEL
JULY 16 | DAY 2) Visit Gandan Monastery and drive to Sainshand, along the track of the Trans-Siberian Railway. GER CAMP
JULY 17 | DAY 3) Visit Hamar Monastery established by Danzanravjaa (1803-1856). Visit the meditation caves. GER CAMP 
JULY 18 | DAY 4) Visit the Land of Shambhala, a main pilgrimage site of the Kalachakra traditions. GER CAMP
JULY 19 | DAY 5) Drive to Gobi mountain of Mongol shamans — Khan Bayanzurkh Mountain. Visit Zanabazar Museum. GER CAMP
JULY 20 | DAY 6) Drive back to Ulaanbaatar. Visit Zanabazar Fine Art Museum. HOTEL
JULY 21 | DAY 7) Drive to Kharakhorum, the 13th century capital of the Mongol Empire, founded by Chinggis Khan. GER CAMP
JULY 22 | DAY 8) Visit Erdenezuu Monastery. Have a presentation by the monastery abbot. GER CAMP
JULY 23  | DAY 9) Drive to the ancient monastery of Shanh on the bank of Harzan River. Drive to Tuvhun Hiid. BASIC LOCAL GER CAMP
JULY 24  | DAY 10) Ride a horse or hike to Tuvhun Monastery, one of the ten stone monastery built during the 17th century. BASIC LOCAL GER CAMP
JULY 25  | DAY 11) Drive through the undulating mountains of central Mongolia. Optional camel riding. GER CAMP
JULY 26  | DAY 12) Drive to Ulaanbaatar. Visit the Choijin Lama Museum. Farewell dinner. HOTEL
JULY 27  | DAY 13) Depar from Ulaanbaatar. 
 
Descriptive Itinerary
 
JULY 15 | DAY 1) Arrive at the Chinggis Khaan International Airport in Ulaanbaatar. Welcome dinner and introductory talk. HOTEL 
 
JULY 16 | DAY 2) Visit Gandan Monastery and drive to Sainshand, the capital of the Dornogobi region, en route to Dornogobi Aimag (East Gobi) along the track of the Trans-Siberian Railway; evening arrival in Tavan Dohio camp and settle in a traditional Mongolian Ger. GER CAMP
 
JULY 17 | DAY 3) Visit Hamar Monastery established in 1821 by the famous 19th century poet and philosopher Zanabazar (1803-1856). Visit the meditation caves and walk through hills where Mongol Buddhist masters dwelled. GER CAMP 
 
JULY 18 | DAY 4) Visit the Land of Shambhala grounds where the Mongolian Buddhist master Zanabazar gathered with his disciples amidst the many colored hills and painted Shambala. This is one of the main pilgrimage sites of the Kalachakra traditions, a place where Mongol Buddhists come to pray to be reborn in the land of Shambhala. GER CAMP
 
July 19 | DAY 5) Drive to the famous Gobi mountain associated with indigenous Mongols — Khan Bayanzurkh Mountain. In Mongolian, this is known as the "Wish-Fulfilling Jewel Mountain, "Relic Mountain," and "Black Mountain." Spend the day there hiking and performing a mountain ritual. In the afternoon, drive to Sainshand town and visit the Zanabazar Museum. GER CAMP
 
JULY 20 | DAY 6) Drive back to Ulaanbaatar. Visit Zanabazar Fine Art Museum and make preparations for the countryside. HOTEL
 
JULY 21 | DAY 7) Drive to Kharakhorum, journeying across the unbelievable contrast between the desert, steppe, and mountainous terrains. Kharakhorum is the 13th century capital of the Mongol Empire, founded by Chinggis Khan. Under the reign of the Khans the cosmopolitan city was known for its religious freedom and its international inhabitants. GER CAMP
 
JULY 22 | DAY 8) Visit Erdenezuu Monastery. Built in 1586, the monastery is surrounded by a massive 400m wall. We will have a presentation by the monastery abbot, Venerable Basansuren. GER CAMP
 
JULY 23  | DAY 9) Drive to the ancient monastery of Shanh, established on the bank of Harzan River in Uvurhangai. This is where Zanabazar spent his childhood. Drive to Tuvhun Hiid. BASIC LOCAL GER CAMP
 
JULY 24  | DAY 10) Ride a horse or hike to Tuvhun Monastery, one of the ten stone monasteries in Mongolia built during the 17th century. Enjoy the views of the forest, mountains, and meandering grasslands from above. BASIC LOCAL GER CAMP
 
JULY 25  | DAY 11) Drive through the undulating mountains of central Mongolia. Explore the fascinating desert terrain. There will be an optional camel riding. GER CAMP
 
JULY 26  | DAY 12) Drive to Ulaanbaatar. Visit the Choijin Lama Museum. Farewell dinner. HOTEL
 
JULY 27  | DAY 13) Depar from the Chinggis Khaan International Airport.
 
2-Day Extension Option 
 
JULY 28  | DAY 14) Drive to Mandshir Monastery established in 1733, this monastery consisted of 20 temples and was inhabited by 350 monks. Hike in the forest surrounds. HOTEL
 
JULY 29  | DAY 15) Drive to Erdene Sum. Visit the imposing statue of Chingis Khan at the 13th century Mongolian National Park. There will be an optional camel or horse riding. HOTEL
 

Cost & Enrollment 

To enroll, contact us at info@jonangfoundation.org with the word "PILGRIMAGE" in the subject line.
 
A $1,000 enrollment downpayment is required per person to reserve a spot. Early enrollment is encouraged. Spots are limited. The enrollment downpayment will be credited towards each person's total cost. Spots are being reserved in the order by which each person enrolls. See the Cancellation and Refund Policy.
 
Please contact us about making an enrollment downpayment. 
 
Total Cost: 
 
Trip (13 days) = $4,900 per person
 
The 2-Day Extension Option = $900 per person
Trip with Extension (15 days) = $5,800 per person
 
*A $1,000 enrollment downpayment is required per person to reserve a spot.
*A single supplement sleep option is $80 per room or ger.
*All payments must be received no later than June 15. 
 
*Vegetarian meals will be provided at each meal.
*A percentage of each total payment is tax-deductible in the U.S.
 
Cost includes: Full accommodation in hotels, guesthouses, and ger camp sites; three meals per day except in Ulaanbaatar; airport and railway transfer fees in Ulaanbaatar; transportation service out of Ulaanbatar by bus and inland transportation by 4x4 jeeps in the countryside;  English-speaking local Mongolian guide; all necessary road permit and travel documentation; visitation, entrance, and conservation fees to all sites, parks, museums, and monasteries.
 
Cost does not include: Roundtrip international flight tickets from/to port of origin, visa fees, airport taxes, travel insurance, meals while in Ulaanbaatar, tips, personal expenses, softdrinks and alchoholic drinks, horse riding, archery and other optional activities.
 
Enrollment deposits can be made via the online cart, Pilgrimage Program Payment.
 

Contact Information

For all queries about the pilgrimage, please contact us at info@jonangfoundation.org with the word "PILGRIMAGE" in the subject line.
 
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