One of the most sacred places in Nepal is the beautiful place called Namo Buddha. Lord Buddha in a previous life was a prince here who sacrificed his life to feed a starving tigress who had just given birth to several cubs. The tigress lay dying after delivery her cubs because she lacked food. The future Lord Buddha demonstrated his willingness to sacrifice himself in compassion for a fellow creature. It is clear from this experience that the future Buddha was already on the Buddhist road to Nirvana.
Known as Thrangu Tashi Angtse Monastery, the location of Namo Buddha is on top of a hill that offers superb views of the Himalayas. The Namo Buddha Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour is more than just a sightseeing trip; it combines meditation and chant to help each visitor to find a higher level of consciousness as they follow along the right path of the Buddha.
The Namo Buddha Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour features hiking in the foothills of the Himalayas. The region of Namo Buddha offers fresh mountain air along with its magnificent views. The spirituality of Thrangu Tashi Angtse Monastery will touch your mind. You will enter into the sacred cave where the ultimate sacrifice of the future Lord Buddha was performed.
Light a butter lamp, perform a pooja and participate in a life-altering experience as you begin the path of the Buddha toward enlightenment.
Tour Highlights Include:
DAY 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu with night at a deluxe hotel.
DAY 2 – Drive to Namo Buddha, spending night at a hotel.
DAY 3 – Activities at Namo Buddha, including introduction to Buddhism and Meditation along with sightseeing.
DAY 4 – Short hike to Fulbari Resort, then return to Namo Buddha
DAY 5 – Activities in Namo Buddha (Meditation in Love Hill [Danda) Jungle)
DAY 6 – Day hike to Balthali Village, then back to Namo Buddha
DAY 7 – Return to Kathmandu
DAY 8 – Departure
DAY 1 – ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU
As you cross over the ancient Himalayas on your way to Tribhuvan International Airport, you are no doubt feeling the presence of deep spirituality. The Himalayas have long been considered a sacred place, and everyone who ever comes into contact with these impressive mountains finds themselves feeling a higher plane of spirituality. Kathmandu is the very vortex of this ancient spirituality as the Valley contains over 1000 temples. Deplane, collect your luggage and meet your new guide from Asia Buddhist Tours & Treks who will take you to your deluxe hotel to prepare your mind and body for this ultimate of spiritual experiences.
DAY 2 – DRIVE TO NAMO BUDDHA
Rise for a good breakfast before your guide will soon arrive and take you by private car 50 km to Namo Buddha. Located northeast of Kathmandu, we cross the Valley ridge to enter this center of deep spirituality. It is a pleasant trip as you leave the busyness of the Valley behind. Crossing to the top of the ridge at Dhulikhel, you behold the snowcapped peaks of the Himalayas to the north. We continue on until we reach Namo Buddha. We first check into the hotel to get refreshed and then spend this day becoming oriented with the hilltop of the Thrangu Tashi Angtse Monastery. See the Tiger’s Cave where the future Lord Buddha made the ultimate sacrifice as well as other sightseeing around Namo Buddha. Return to your hotel where you will spend some time in meditation and prayer before dinner.
DAY 3 – ACTIVITIES IN NAMO BUDDHA
Today you start your spiritual activities at Namo Buddha. Yesterday you were the visitor; today you are immersing yourself in the depths of spirituality. We begin early morning with sacred prayers and performing a pooja (worship). This is followed by breakfast and then taking an introductory class on Buddhist Philosophy as well as learning an introduction of meditation. These courses are taught by a lama who will become your guide on the path of enlightenment.
In the evening, enjoy dinner and then spend time in prayer, practicing some of the new techniques you have learned from your lama before going to bed.
DAY 4 – SHORT HIKE TO FULBARI RESORT AND BACK TO NAMO BUDDHA
An important part of your training is being outdoors to commune with nature. It is here in the peacefulness of the Himalayas that you can feel the spirituality of the region touch you. These mountains have shaped Tibetan Buddhism in such unique ways as monks and nuns have meditated bringing inner peace. These mountains promote such inner peace that transcends all understanding.
The morning begins with prayers and pooja, followed by breakfast. After breakfast, hike to Fulbari Resort (a one hour journey), enjoying the serenity of the alpine views that abound. There will be time to explore the resort before returning to Namo Buddha. Once you return, enjoy another session with your lama before you have lunch. Once you have spent time in meditation, prepare for dinner. Following dinner is time for more prayer that brings you closer to the divine before going to bed.
DAY 5 – MORE ACTIVITIES AT NAMO BUDDHA (including meditation in Love Hill (Danda) Jungle.
It’s early morning as we rise to greet the day in prayer and pooja. Today we now add a chanting service which will deepen your spiritual experience. Breakfast is next, following by a trip to Love Hill (Danda Jungle) where you will practice the meditation exercises that have been taught to you by your lama. We will spend between 1 – 2 hours in such meditation.
Return for lunch to Namo Buddha and enjoy spending time at your favorite places around Thrangu Monastery. After dinner, it’s time for prayers before going to bed.
DAY 6 – DAY HIKE TO BALTHALI VILLAGE, BACK TO NAMO BUDDHA
Our bodies need exercise as well as our mind, and today we go on a day hike to the beautiful little village of Balthali. Before we go, we have prayers and pooja before breakfast. We hike to Balthali Village where we have lunch as well as time to explore the village. We return to Namo Buddha. It is a day to truly enjoy. And after dinner, spend some time in meditation and prayer before going to bed.
DAY 7 – RETURN TO KATHMANDU
Rise early in the morning as you do your pooja and prayers. Following breakfast, we have our final class on Buddhism and its teachings. Lunch will be with all of the Lama students. We say goodbye to Namo Buddha as we head back to Kathmandu for the night. We will check into the Hotel where we will have dinner, meditation and prayer before enjoying our final night of rest in Kathmandu.
DAY 8 – DEPARTURE
Your time in Kathmandu is now coming to a close. We are quite certain that under the guidance of our Lama and instructors, you have become deeper in Buddhism and moving down the path of enlightenment. You have learned some important techniques that will help you along the way. But before you go back into the world, be sure to talk with your representative at Asia Buddhist Tours & Treks about other Buddhist tours. There are so many places to deepen your spirituality in Nepal and beyond. And of course, it is important to visit Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha. So take some time to learn the options as you strive to increase your spiritual walk on the right path of enlightenment.
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