Japan with Dr. Robert Thurman and The Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi
A Special Departure Benefitting Tibet House and Prajnopaya, Created by GeoEx
April 18 – 29, 2017
Japanese Buddhist schools are the farthest eastern branches of the Mahayana movement of wisdom and compassion in Asia, and a profusion of illuminating manifestations may be encountered there. The esoteric Shingon Buddhism founded by the great Kukai in the 8th and 9th centuries is an amazing parallel (and contrast) with the Tibetan Buddhism brought to Tibet by Padma Sambhava in the same time period. Chinese Ch’an morphed into various branches of Zen, and some extraordinary individual sages and holy persons emerged over the centuries. The Kegon school brought the Flower Ornament Sutra into prominence and left extraordinary texts and works of art, such as the Daibutsu statue. And the Tendai school generated a number of schools focused on the Lotus Sutra.
On this pilgrimage, we visit some of the exquisite temples of these various schools, meet the spirits of their founding masters and enjoy their life stories, and observe how the Buddha Dharma created another Asian culture and turned into a unique civilization. We have been fascinated by Japanese Bodhisattvas for years, and fell in love with their wisdom, creativity, and special aesthetic. The Venerable Priyadarshi studied here for some years and had deep experiences under the tutelage of some contemporary masters, including an enlightening “Tokyo green line subway retreat” he will tell us about. We will have an enjoyable, memorable, and transformative time together in this marvelous country.
Each morning we may begin our day with a meditation. Each evening our leaders will provide an itinerary update and schedule for the following day. The sightseeing below may be amended based on any special visits we’re able to arrange. Please remember that patience, a sense of humor and a flexible spirit will go a long way on this momentous journey.
Mongolia: Spiritual and Cultural Awakening with Tibet House US & Robert Thurman
Explore the rich culture and heritage of Mongolia, a place where time stood still for many centuries. Mongolia is a place of wild beauty, defined by its free spirit. Even amidst modern development, the nomadic lifestyle prevails. Here, you will find traditional felt and canvas tents, or gers, juxtaposed against the rising skyline in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar. Explore a place where Buddhism was once silenced, but has returned with vigor. Journey across the country to historic and sacred sites and temples as Robert Thurman, one of the world’s preeminent Buddhist scholars, guides you through meditation sessions and provides insight into the history and renewal of Buddhism in this fascinating land.
Jalsa Urusbshurow, Founder and CEO of Nomadic Expeditions, will join Robert Thurman on this special journey.
Dates: June 25, 2017 – July 7, 2017
Land: $10,900 per person/double occupancy
Single Supplement: $1,650
Donation to Tibet House in the amount of $1,000 per traveler
For more information and registration, CLICK HERE
Day 1-2 Ulaanbaatar | Gandan Monastery
Explore ancient traditions and new 21st Century democracies as you explore UB. Gandam Monastery is one of the few that escaped destruction during the Stalinist purges of the 1930s.
Day 3-4 Hogno Han Mountains | Ovgon Khiid
Head to the foothills of Hogno Han Mountains and explore the sand dunes while visiting nomadic horse-breeding families. Following day you will hike up to Ovgon Hiid Monastery, one of the oldest temples in Mongolia.
Day 5-7 Kharakhorum | Erdene Zuu Monastery | Tuvkhum Monastery | Ongyn Khiid
Drive off towards Kharakhorum to explore Erdene Zuu Monastery, that is reputedly constructed from the ruins of Kublai Khan’s once-great capital. Next explore the site of the 17th century Tuvkhun Monastery, home to Zanabazar’s art school and workshop.
Day 8-11 South Gobi | Three Camel Lodge
Spend the next four days exploring the stunning Gobi Desert, Yol Valley and the legendary Flaming Cliffs as well as experiencing the Naadam Festival.
Day 12 Ulaanbaatar
Return to Ulaanbaatar to end your fascinating spiritual and cultural awakening in Mongolia.
Day 13 Departure
If you have any questions or would like to sign up for this amazing journey, please contact Nomadic Expeditions at 1-800-998-6634 or [email protected].