Date(s): Sep. 21, 2018 - Oct. 05, 2018
IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE BUDDHA
A pilgrimage though India and Nepal with Dharmacharya (Dharma Teacher) Shantum Seth and Monastics in the Plum Village tradition, from Blue Cliff Monastery, USA. September 22 – October 5, 2018 (14 days)
“With each step and breath the Buddha comes alive. Shantum’s knowledge, insight and humor brings joy to those journeying with him in the footsteps of the Buddha.” -Thich Nhat Hanh
We invite you to journey with other practitioners, including monastics from the Plum Village tradition, on a transformative journey that will allow you to experience the life of the Buddha through the places he lived and taught and to touch an ancient culture and civilisation. The pilgrimage is a wonderful opportunity to explore areas that few tourists visit and to see and experience aspects of Indian life that, in many ways, have not changed since the time of the Buddha.
Where will they go?
The Buddha lived and travelled along the plains of the Ganges. Besides the historic city of Delhi, where we visit the house where Mahatma GandhiMahatma Gandhi, the father of India, lived and died. This is a wonderful place to begin the pilgrimage as Gandhiji reminds us of the Buddha in our time. He personified a unique way of living, faith and politics where it became a practice of applied ethics. We shall then go on to visit two states of northern India, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, and then go into southern Nepal.
Our journey will take us to the Ganges river at Varanasi, the Deer Park at Sarnath, where the Buddha gave his first teachings, Bodh Gaya, where the Buddha attained enlightenment; Kushinagar, where he passed away, and Lumbini where he was born. We will visit his favourite meditation place, Vulture Peak in Rajgir; take a gentle walk across the countryside in the village of Sujata, the young girl who offered him rice and milk when he was starving to death; Sravasti where he spent 24 rain retreats; Kapilavastu, where he spent the first 29 years of his life; Vaishali, where the first nuns were ordained; Kesariya, where the largest stupa in the world is; and Nalanda, the site of the famous university from the 5th to 12th centuries where a lot of Mahayana teachings were developed. We have options of visiting the Taj Mahal and the Ajanta/Ellora caves. Join us on this journey through a fascinating and mysterious India – as we walk ‘In the Footsteps of the Buddha’.
Sponsorship: This is a special pilgrimage for the Blue Cliff community. For every 8 people who sign up to come on the pilgrimage, the price includes the sponsorship of one monastic to come on the pilgrimage, including international airfare.
Who can apply: The pilgrimage is open to anyone who would like to come no matter where you live or whether you have experience of the Plum Village practice or not.
To register, please complete the form in this document and follow the included instructions. Comprehensive information about the practical aspects of the trip are also included in the document. If, after reviewing the information packet, you have questions:
Call (India): +91-120-4334284; 2511633
Read some articles and poetry by Brother Pháp Dung, Sister Hiến Nghiêm and others about their experience of the pilgrimage in 2014.