The vision of the Tathagata Institute is to enrich the world through the teaching of a Buddha, providing supports for the journey of the seeker, and illuminating the path of the practitioner. As we grow, we are exploring various ways of serving Dhamma practitioners, scholars, and those who seek.
A valuable way to enrich the world and deepen the awareness of the teachings of a Buddha is to facilitate access to places related to his teaching, his life and the Sangha.
PILGRIMAGE INDIA / NEPAL BACK TO THE TIME OF BUDDHA GOTAMA
(~ 28 days / ~ 3200km)
Tathāgata Project will organize a pilgrimage to India and Nepal between December 23, 2018 and January 20, 2019. Pilgrims (maximum twenty) will have the opportunity to meditate and visit various places related to the Buddha's path and wisdom.
The eligibility criteria
As the Vipassana meditation taught by S. N. Goenka in the U Ba Khin tradition plays an integral role in this pilgrimage, the minimum requirements of acceptance are:
1. Have sat at least three Vipassana courses of 10 days (not including courses served)
2. Have not practiced any other meditation technique since the last course of 10 days
3. Practice this Vipassana technique for at least one year
4. Try to keep practicing meditation and the five precepts in your daily life
5. Awareness that pilgrimage is not a vacation, but a serious effort that requires physical and mental endurance. The pilgrimage process is very much like a Vipassana course and requires participants to maintain awareness and equanimity at all times, both in the external and in the inner life.
6. Understand that it is the pilgrim's responsibility to endure discomforts and uncertainties that may arise, and also to work the internal "storms" in a balanced and responsible manner. Possibly there will be days accompanied by mental or physical malaise. For this it is essential to rest and relax knowing that this pause will not be a loss, but a necessity for the good progress of the pilgrimage. Forcing beyond the limits is not acceptable, since the results can affect the whole group.
7. Understand that while you are on pilgrimage, limiting speech is advisable. When speech is necessary, it should be limited to questions relating to the journey or discussions related to the Dhamma. This will promote a deeper and more balanced experience.
What is expected of the participants:
# Have their own travel insurance
# Be able to travel from / to group
# Conduct appropriate to the cultural context
# Make suggestion and complete post-pilgrimage research
The estimated cost of the pilgrimage is 990 (India), 1145 (Sri Lanka) and 1290 (Myanmar) US dollars per person. Including value of lodging, guide, meals (half board), transport. The cost of pilgrimage does not include entrance fees on monuments, personal donations, visas, personal travel insurance, air tickets, or any other expenses incurred outside the pilgrimage period.
If you are able to pay the full fee, in the application process you will have the opportunity to offer a donation to fund some other student who can not afford the full amount.
Anyone who wishes to donate to the Tathagata Institute can do so. These contributions will be used to assist in the costs of volunteers assisting in pilgrimages, and also to provide an additional to those dedicated students in the Dhamma but who still would not be able to pay the full amount.
A lot of metta
* ITINERARY OF PILGRIMAGE
GLOBAL PAGODA, MUMBAI - 12/23 to 12/27/2018:
Preparation-I: Welcome - Dana, Visit, Guidance and Meditation at Vipassana Global Pagoda, Mumbai.
Dome (pagoda) without pillars for 8000 meditators
Dhamma Patana Vipassana Meditation Center
Vipassana Research Institute.
Visit to Mumbai and ancient Kaneri caves
DHAMMAGIRI, IGATPURI - 12/27 to 12/30/2018:
Preparation II: Dana, visit and meditation in Dhammagiri, Igatpuri. Pioneer Centro Vipassana where S. N. Goenka lived 25 years.
In addition to Dhammagiri the complex covers:
Vipassana Research Institute
Dhamma Tapovana Vipassana Meditation Center
U Ba Khin Village. Visit to Igatpuri.
Beginning of Pilgrimage - From West to East
December 31 to January 20
31/01/2018: Visit to the complex of Sanchi Stupas: built by Asoka, there were relics of Sariputta and Moggallana - the two chief disciples of Buddha. Its architecture served as a basis for the current monuments of respect for the Buddha.
01/01/2019: Departure by train at night to Varanasi. Average journey time 15 hours.
02/01/2019: Visit to Sarnath (where Buddha gave his first sermon to his five companions of asceticism).
03/01/2019: Meditation at Deer Park in Sarnath and Vihara Mūlagandhakutī. Visit to the archaeological museum.
04/01/2019: View of the Ganges and meditation and dance to the center Vipassana Dhammacakka
Morning departure for Shravasti.
04/01/2019: Afternoon of meditation and rest in Shravasti (a region where Buddha spent most of his life and where Anāthapiṇḍika built the Jetavana meditation center for the Buddha in the park that belonged to Prince Jeta).
05/01/2019: Visit and meditation to the monasteries Jetavana and Pubbarama (donation of Mother Visakha to the Buddha), the ancient stupas of Angulimala and Anathapindika, contemplation in the river Rapti (Patacara lost its two children in a flood); meditation, dana and visit to the center Vipassana Dhamma Suvathi
06/01/2019: Morning departure with contemplative stop at Miracle Stupa. Visit afternoon and meditation at Piprahwa Stupa. Rest.
07/01/2019: Morning trip to Nepal. Visit and Meditation in the Ramagrama Stupa and restful afternoon in Lumbini-Nepal (place of birth of Prince Gotama)
08/01/2019: Day of visits and meditation in the Sacred Garden of Lumbini.
09/01/2019: Visiting trip to Kapilavastu Nepal (ruins of the palace where Prince Gotama lived and pillars of Asoka celebrating past Buddhas who lived there)
10/01/2019: Morning of meditation and dana at the Dhamma Janani Vipassana Meditation Center and departure for Kushinagar
10/01/2019: Meditation and rest in Kushinagar (place where Buddha gave his last breath).
11/01/2019: Visits and Meditation in the Mahaparinibbana temple, the Ramabhar stupa (mark place of the cremation of Buddha).
12/01/2019: Morning of meditation and departure for Vaishali (ancient Vesali from the time of Buddha Gotama) visit Kesariya Stupa.
13/01/2019: Visit to Vaishali (where Buddha gave his last sermon). Dana, Meditation and Visit to the Vipassana and Shanti stupa meditation center.
14/01/2019: Meditation and Visit in the ancient ruins where it was the first female monastery, there are the pillar of Asoka and the stupa of Ananda. Trip to Nalanda.
Morning of meditation and departure for Nalanda-Rajgir.
NALANDA - RAJGIR
15/01/2019: Visit to Nalanda (place where Sariputta was born and died. Center of one of the oldest universities in the world). Visit the ruins of Nalanda University and the Xianzang memorial (Ancient monk and Chinese scholar who lived in Nalanda, and was a major responsible for translating and preserving the Buddha's teaching in Chinese).
16/01/2019: Visit to Rajgir (where Buddha lived his first years of Dhamma teaching); meditation at the Abutre Peak, Jivaka mangrove grove, and the ruins of King Bimbisara's prison and cell.
17/01/2019: Visit to the cave Sattapanni, meditation in the bamboo grove Venuvana (first meditation center donated to Buddha by King Bimbisara).
Morning of meditation and departure for Bodhgaya. Visit to the Buddha park in Patna, Uruvela forest and mountain temple and Dungeshwari cave.
Arrival at Bodhgaya, meditation and rest.
17/01/2019: Morning of meditation and visit to the temple and Mahabodhi complex, meditation on the Bodhi tree (exact place where Gotama ascetic became Buddha), afternoon visit and meditation at Sujata temple and Burmese monastery (1st year of 10 - days Vipassana conducted by Goenka in Bodhgaya)
18/01/2019: Morning excursion and meditation on the Gayāsīsa mountain, visit and meditation at the Vipassana International Meditation Center Dhamma Bodhi
19/01/2019: Morning of final visit to Bodhgaya and meditation in the Mahabodhi Temple.
20/01/2019: Meditation and final considerations in Dhamma Bodhi. End of the Pilgrimage.
* The most important places to visit are already well defined, but there may be adjustments (anicca) of routes, date, means of transport and lodging.
See the map HERE of the important places of visit of the India / Nepal Pilgrimage of the Time of Buddha Gótama.
For registration, fill out the form HERE.