2015 – October 15 to 31 for (17days ) Pilgrimage Tour

2015 – October 15 to 31 for (17days ) Pilgrimage Tour to Delhi, Dharamsala and Bodhgaya, India.

Date October 15, 2015 – October 31, 2015
Time October 15th to 31st, 2015
Location Dharamsala and Boddha Gaya – India.
Instructor Venrable Tenzin Choesang – Pilgrimage Tour Leader.
Cost 1) PILGRIMAGE COST TO DHARAMSALA $2,500.00 per person (Includes Room, Board and Internal Transportation in India) If one would like to take a single room there will be an extra $400.00 2) PILGRIMAGE COST TO BODDHA GAYA : $2,800.00 per person (Includes Room, Board and Internal Transportation in India) If one would like to take a single room there will be an extra $400.00 3) PILGRIMAGE COST TO BOTH DHARAMSALA AND BODDHA GAYA: $5,300.00 per person (Includes Room, Board and Internal Transportation in India) If one would like to take a single room there will be an extra $800.00 4) The Price Includes: All lodging (double occupancy; some private rooms will be available on a limited basis for an extra charge), all meals in India, specific donations made by the group, and entrance fees to the monuments and historic sites on the itinerary. 5) THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE: Visa fees, airport taxes, miscellaneous transportation other than what is scheduled for the group, spending money, emergency evacuation insurance (required), travel insurance (recommended), expenses for meals that participants choose to purchase outside the scheduled meals, medicine, immunizations, personal tips, extra luggage fees, hotel laundry service, personal offerings at temples and monasteries, extended stay beyond the scheduled trip dates, changes to or extensions of air ticket, express mail delivery of air tickets. 6) CANCELLATION POLICY: In the event that a participant cancels their tour and requests a refund, the In the Steps of the Buddha Committee will consider a full or partial refund (less the $500 deposit) on an individual case-by-case basis. The $500.00 deposit is non-refundable.
Registration NAMGYAL MONASTERY INSTITUTE OF BUDDHIST STUDIES TOUR REGISTRATION FROM: 1) Delhi, Dharamsala, India. 2) Delhi, Dharamsala, Bodhgaya – India. Please complete and return to: Namgyal Monastery 412 North Aurora Street Ithaca, NY 14850 The total package for the 17days to Delhi, Dharamsala, Bodhgaya, India. To register you will need to complete the following form with a photocopy of your current passport and a $500.00 non-refundable deposit. Please make your check payable to: Namgyal Monastery. Please write India Pilgrimage Tour in the memo. Once we receive your completed form and deposit, we will begin the registration process. Please note: Official registration begins 1st March, 2015. We will process the registration material in the order of which it was received. The final payment must be made by no later than August 1st, 2015 or you can pay in full. * Please print out your name exactly like in the passport and send a copy of your valid passport together with this form. First name_________________________ Last name____________________________________ Date of Birth______________________ Sex______ Email _______________________________ Address_______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ Social Security Number____________________ Phone (Reachable) _______________________ Deposit (non-refundable) _________, or Pay in full_________ Check #_______ Date paid__________ Balance amount _____________ Signature _________________________ Date __________________ From the net income: 30% will be donated to Du Khor Choe Ling, 35% will be donated to Aurora Street expenses in Ithaca and 35% will be donated as seed money for Kalachakara ritual ceremony program

In the Heart of Tibet in Exile: Buddhist Teachings and Cultural Studies in Dharamsala, India. “A rare and unforgettable experience”

Program Summary: Dharamsala – Namgyal Monastery:

Set in the foothills of the snowcapped Himalayas, Dharamsala is the home of the His Holiness the Dalai Lama and numerous monasteries and nunneries. This program, led by Venerable Tenzin Choesang of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Namgyal Monastery gives participants a unique and in-depth look at the heart and soul of Tibet in exile. This program offers a unique opportunity to receive teachings from His Holiness the Dalai Lama and other high Tibetan Lamas and experience the sacred religious arts of Tibet. Participants will learn about Tibet’s history and politics through conversations with newly arrived refugees and government officials, and visit with students from the Tibetan Children’s Village. We aim to inspire a peaceful and reflective experience, opening the heart and mind through personal interaction between participants, teachers and the Tibetan community. Please join us on this spiritual adventure into the heart of Tibet in exile.

Venerable Tenzin Choesang – Pilgrimage Tour Group Leader:

At the age of 16 Venerable Tenzin Choesang became monk at Namgyal Monastery, the personal Monastery of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. There he studied with Gen Lobsang Nyima, the 100th throne holder of Je Rinpoche (Lama Tsong-khapa). After finishing his examination of Master of Buddhist Sutra and Tantra in the year 2000 the Abbot of Namgyal Monastery selected him to be the teacher of Namgyal Monastery students. He taught Namgyal Monastery students both Sutra and Tantra for five years. From 2002-2005 he held several positions within the monastery including education director. Tenzin Choesang has taught and studied at many places across India and around the world.
Relax with morning meditation, sacred walks. Enjoy Buddhist teaching from high Tibetan Lamas. Explore Namgyal Monastery and the Norbulingka Institute of Art. Visit the Nechung Oracle and remote meditation hermitages. Learn from the Tibetan Institute of Medicine and the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts. Travel to monasteries and nunneries deep in the forests. Contribute through volunteer work with the Tibetan Children’s Village or newly arrived refugees from Tibet. Go beneath the surface and truly experience Tibetan Buddhism and culture.

Namgyal Monastery is the personal monastery of The Dalai Lama, Namgyal is situated in upper Dharamsala. It houses huge statues of the Buddha, Avalokitesvara and Padmasambhava. The Monastery also consists of an institute of learning, where future Lamas are provided with higher Tibetan Studies.

1) Gangchen Kyishong: Central Tibetan Administration offices and the

2) Library of Tibetan Works and Archives: The primary objectives of the LTWA are to provide a comprehensive cultural resource centre and to promote an environment that encourages research and an exchange of knowledge between scholars and students.

3) Monastery of Nechung Oracle: Nechung Monastery’s roots must be traced back several hundred years to understand its significance in Buddhist culture and Tibetan history. Nechung Dorje Drayang Ling Monastery has an important place in Tibetan history as the seat of the State Oracle of Tibet.The oracle is the medium through whom Dorje Drakden (Nechung), the principal protector of the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government, communicates with His Holiness and the Kashag (cabinet). Major decisions of the state are also made in consultation with the Nechung Oracle.

4) Men-Tse-Khang:
It is the center for Tibetan Medicine, located very near to Gangchen Kyishong. The Tibetan medical system is one of the world’s oldest known medical traditions. It is an integral part of Tibetan culture and has been developed through many centuries. We believe that the origin of the Tibetan medical tradition is as old as civilization itself.

5) Norbu Lingka: Keeping the Tibetan Culture and Values alive Norbulingka is dedicated to handing down tradition and restoring standards by providing training, education and employment for Tibetans. It supports an environment in which Tibetan community and family values can flourish. It reconciles the traditional creatively and respectfully with the modern, and seeks to create an international awareness of Tibetan values and their expression in art and literature.

In The Steps of the Buddha: Exploring the Wisdom and Compassion through a Tibetan Perspective: Adventure following in the steps of the Buddha to – Bodhgaya, The Bodhi Tree, Sarnath “A rare and unforgettable experience”

Program summary:
On this journey we walk in the footsteps of the Buddha. We will walk slowly and softly, gaining wisdom with each step. This program, led by Venerable Tenzin Choesang of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Namgyal Monastery. We will follow the path of the Buddha with glimpses of the diverse cultures of India along the way.

1. Bodh Gaya is the place where the Buddha attained enlightenment. To the west of the temple is the Bodhi tree and sandstone seat where the Buddha is said to have sat when he reached his full enlightenment. It is the place which should be visited and seen by a person of devotion and which should cause awareness of the nature of impermanence.

2. Rajgir is known as Vultures Peak, this is where the Buddha gave teachings on the Heart Sutra. The first Dharma council was also held here just after Buddha passed into Maha Parinirvana.

3. Nalanda is home to the monastic Universities that became famous in the centuries following the Buddha’s passing away. Nalanda was a flourishing center of learning and for centuries was famous for its learned and versatile teachers.

4. Varanasi is where Buddha preached his first discourse after attaining enlightenment at Bodh Gaya. Emperor Asoka built a Stupa here which stood at a height of about 150 feet tall, the impressive ruins of which can still be seen today. we will join hundreds of Indian pilgrims sitting along India’s holiest river, the Ganga. We aim to inspire a peaceful and reflective experience, opening the heart and mind through personal interaction between participants, teachers, and the Indian and Tibetan community.

Important Information:

Please read the following information carefully: All participants are advised to check with their health insurance carrier as to coverage abroad and for precautionary medical treatment for travel in India. Namgyal Monastery requires that all participants have both health coverage and emergency evacuation insurance for the duration of the trip. Travel insurance is also highly recommended. Although this program is designed to accommodate people of varying ages, please note that there will be periods of aerobic walking and stair climbing due to the design of some temples and the steep topography of certain areas. All participants are advised to see their health care provider well in advance to ensure that they are in good health at the onset of the trip. We also require that you inform both Namgyal Monastery and the program instructors of any chronic or acute health problems that might impact your travel in India.

Namgyal Monastery and the program instructors will take the utmost care and precaution in all stages of the planning and executing this program, but there is always the potential for physical dangers. Please be advised that we cannot always guarantee your safety, but we can assure you that your safety, comfort, and the quality of your experience are of paramount importance to us. Namgyal Monastery Institute of Buddhist Studies cannot be held accountable for any unforeseen occurrence that should happen while the tour is underway in India.
Travel in India always has its challenges, but it can be an exciting and enriching experience that can change your life. Please join us for this unique spiritual adventure, and experience for yourself the rich beauty and extraordinary wonders of India, the steps of the Buddha.


Important: We are not making a group reservation so you will need to book your airline ticket yourself based on this itinerary. When you book your flight please make sure you fly from New York to New Delhi with Air India or Continental airline. (This is direct flight)

October 15th: Leave from JFK by Air India at 3.00PM, NY
October 16th: Arrive in Delhi: Morning at 2:30PM. On arrival check-in Hotel.
October 17th: After Breakfast: His Holiness the Dalai Lama private audience to tour participants and after lunch visit to Taj Mahal in Agra and visit to National Museum of India in Delhi.
October 18th: After Breakfast: Drive to Dharamsala – on arrival check –in Hotel.
October 19th: After breakfast visit to Namgyal Monastery, meet with Namgyal Abbot. After lunch Visit to Tibetan Children’s Village and meet with His Holiness Dalai Lama younger sister and on the way visit to remote Meditation Hermitages.
October 20th & 21st Namgyal Monastery Geshe Drakpa Gelek teaching on the Kalachakra Tantra as well as other topics. The teachings on the Kalachakra Tantra will be presented in such a way that those who have not had the Kalachakra Initiation can participate.
October 20th after lunch visit to Library of Tibetan Works and Archives and Teaching by Geshe Lhakdor (Director of Library of Tibetan Works and Archives) Dharamsala.
October 21st after lunch visit to Gangchen Kyishong Central Tibetan Administration and meet with Prime Minster Dr. Lobsang Sangay and visit to Men-Tse-Khang (Tibetan Medical Centre)
October 22nd Audience with His Holiness Karmapa and Visit to Norbu Lingka. Evening at 5:30 – 7:00PM visit to Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts for Culture Program show.
October 23rd After Breakfast visit to Bir Sherap ling Monastery and Teaching by Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa and visit to Bir Suja School.
October 24th After Breakfast: Drive to Delhi – check in Hotel.

a) Persons attending the Dharamsala Pilgrimage only will return Back to U.S. A. in the evening as per individual air flight schedule.

b) October 25 After Breakfast: Persons continuing for the Pilgrimage to Bodh Gaya will leave to Delhi Airport to board flight to Varanasi and then drive to Bodgaya and check in at Namgyal Mahayana Guest House.

October 26th Bodh Gaya (Nalanda + Rajgir). Daylong excursion to Nalanda & Rajgir. Visit the ruins of Nalanda University and the Museum. Then proceed to Rajgir to visit Vulture’s Peak where Buddha has taught The Four Nobel Truths. Thereafter proceed to Bodh Gaya and overnight at Namgyal Mahayana Guest House.
October 27th Bodh Gaya. One full day in Bodh Gaya to practice around the Mahabodhi Stupa and Bodi tree. Overnight at Namgyal Mahayana Guest House
October 28th Bodh Gaya-Varanasi. Morning free. After lunch, drive to Varanasi. Check-in hotel on arrival and overnight at Hotel.
October 29th Varanasi. After breakfast, daylong excursion to Saranath visiting Dharmek Stupa in Deer Park where Buddha has delivered his first sermon, and Buddhist Museum.
October 30th After Lunch drive to Varanasi airport to board flight to Delhi – Check-in hotel
October 31st Board Air India to New York at 1.45AM and Arrive at New York at 7.30AM

CHECKLIST: Below is a list to help you organize prior to travel:

1. Roundtrip Airline Ticket(s): Please confirm flight details beforehand.
2. Be sure to arrive to the airport at least three hours prior to departure.
3. Valid Passport with Indian visa
4. Photo Copy of Passport.
5. Your passport, Air tickets and Money should be carried by you all times and never leave behind during entire trip. October is good weather in India but gets cold in the morning and evening, we recommend.
• Warm clothes.
• Comfortable shoes that can cope with a lot of walking.
• A small, light blanket can be very useful on the bus and Taxi.
• Small camera and reliable alarm clock.
• Hat and sunglasses.
• Basic first aid/medical needs.
• Wet tissue papers
• Small flash light.

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