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The Buddhist Meditation tour to Namo Buddha is a spiritual journey where you will get an wonderful opportunity to learn about Buddhism and participate in Buddhist meditation, pooja & rituals. Namo Buddha is one of the sacred buddhist pilgrimage sites in Nepal and the Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery is one of the major attractions from where your spiritual journey to Buddhism will begin. The sacred place is about 40 km southwest of Kathmandu, overlooks the mighty Himalayas from its place on the summit of a high hill. Within its boundaries are a magnificent temple, monastery and sacred cave where the pre-incarnation of Lord Buddha demonstrated extreme love to save the life of a mother tiger and her four newborn cubs.
Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery, the magnificent Indian style six story temple founded by the venerable Kyabje Thrangu Rinpoche in 1978. The main building features a golden room and on the fourth floor is the main hall with 36 beautiful columns topped with bronze statues of Buddha. The ceiling is adorned with 15 beautiful mandalas. The grounds and other buildings feature incredible serenity and beauty as the mighty Himalayas can be seen in the distance.The upper roof is inscribed with the five sacred symbols of Buddha families: Dharma wheel, vajra, jewel, lotus and double vajra. The front pillars display realistic looking dragons.
The monastery is a home to more than 250 monks and contains a monastic college. Here the lama practices Buddhist culture, philosophy, meditation, chanting, rituals, etc. This monastery also offers Buddhist philosophy and meditation classes for them who want to deepen their knowledge in Buddhism. This 8 days tour instructs you on the principles of Buddhist meditation in Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery .
● Learn basic Philosophy and rituals of Buddhism
● Learn about the history of Buddha’s life and legacy
● Learn Buddhist Meditation from Lamas and masters in Buddhism.
● Practice Buddhist meditation, prayers and pooja.
● Visit Namo Buddha, one of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage site in Nepal
● Sightseeing and hiking tour around the holiest Buddha shrine of Namo Buddha
● All airport/hotel transfers.
● Two Nights Accommodation at 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu on twin/double sharing basis with BB plan.
● Three Nights Accommodation at 3 Star Hotel in Namo Buddha on twin/double sharing basis with BB plan.
● Two night accommodation and meals inside the Monastery.
● All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary.
● An experienced local licensed English-Speaking guide and supporting staff.
● Entry fee where applicable.
● Farewell dinner
● All government and local taxes
● Nepal Visa Fee
● International airfare to and from Kathmandu
● Meals during the tour.
● Any kind of refreshment beverages and alcohol.
● Extra accomodation in Kathmandu in cases of early arrival and late departure than the scheduled itinerary.
● Travel and rescue insurance.
● Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, bottle water etc.)
● Any extra costs resulting from cancellation, weather, political unrest or illness
● Tips for guide, drivers and supporting staff.
● Duffel/Rucksack bag/Suitcase Day bag.( Small handbag) Sports shoes & sandals.
● Sun Hat/cap
● Warm woolen cap ( During winter season)
● Warm jacket and sweater (During winter Season)
● Raincoat or umbrella
● Eye glass
● Water bottle
● Flash or Torch light
● Camera accessories
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 booked hotel to prepare your mind and body for this ultimate of spiritual experiences.
After early morning breakfast you will take a 2 hour drive by private vehicle to Namo Buddha. Located southeast 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 snow capped 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 Yangtse 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.
From today you will start your spiritual activities at Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery, 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.
05:30 am – Wake up
06:00 am – Morning Puja
07:00 am – Breakfast
08:00 am – Classes
03:30 pm – Mahakala Puja + Tea snacks
05:00 pm – Text Memorizing and ritual class
06:00 pm – Dinner
07:00 pm – self study
08:00 pm – class discussions & debate
10:30 pm – Sleep
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.
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, followed 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.
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. In the evening enjoy the farewell dinner.
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.