2014 Pilgrimage Trip to Tibet, China
June 28: Arrive in Lhasa
June 29: Jokhang Temple and Potala Palace
The Jokhang Temple Monastery is in the center of the old town of Lhasa. The buildings are constructed of wood and ancient stone and are outstanding examples of the Tibetan Traditional Buddhist style. They house over 3,000 images of Buddha and other deities and historical figures along with many other treasures and manuscripts. Mural paintings depicting religious and historical scenes cover the walls. This is the most famous sacred temple in Lhasa and it is full of blessings.
Enclosed within massive walls, gates, and turrets built of rammed earth and stone, the White and Red Palaces and ancillary buildings of the Potala Palace rise from Red Mountain in the center of Lhasa Valley at an altitude of 3,700 meters. This was the winter palace of the successive leaders of Tibet, including the Dalai Lamas. The palace contains 698 murals, almost 10,000 painted scrolls, numerous sculptures, carpets, canopies, curtains, porcelain, jade, and fine objects of gold and silver, as well as a large collection of Sutras, Tantras and important historical documents.
June 30: Samye Monastery
Built in the 8th century, Samye Monastery was the first Buddhist monastery to be founded in Tibet by the Second Buddha Padmasambhava. Samye is famous for its sacred mandala design: the central temple symbolizes the legendary Mount Meru, center of the universe. It is a popular pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Buddhists, some of whom travel on foot for weeks to reach it. Here one will be able to draw blessings for true liberation.
July 1: Fly from Lhasa to Pangda (1.5 hr.) and drive from Pangda to Chamdo (1.5 hr)
July 2: Drive from Chamdo to Riwoche (2 hours), visit Riwoche monastery
The main temple is three-storied and has been undergoing restoration since 1985. It is very imposing, supported by huge tree trunks and painted in black, red and white vertical stripes. The monastery contained a notable 14th century cloth painting entitled Jnanatapa which was unearthed in recent years. The central figure depicts Onpo Lama Rinpoche and the spiritual lineage of Riwoche monastery. The monastery has played a central role in the development and preservation of both the Kagyu and Nyingma schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Evergreen trees and lush green mountains surround the area.
July 3: Visit Shyalpa village and Shyalpa Retreat Center
Shyalpa village is the hometown of Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche and the seat of the Shyalpa Lamas. The Shyalpa townspeople applied for a permit to rebuild the Shyalpa Monastery and Retreat Center and have requested His Eminence Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche to help with this project. Rinpoche has agreed, and will be instrumental in accomplishing this sacred task.
July 4: Drive from Riwoche to Chamdo (2 hours)
July 5: Drive from Chamdo to Pangda, fly from Pangda to Chengdu
28th Jun, 2014 (Sat) - 5th Jul, 2014 (Sat)