Pilgrimage to Eastern Tibet 2016

Meditation Communities in Eastern Tibet

Pilgrimage to Kham and Amdo
July 17 – July 31, 2016
[15 Days]


Join us on pilgrimage this summer to Buddhist meditation practice communities nestled in the far eastern regions of Kham and southern Amdo. With an expert guide, lectures and discussions onsite, we will visit some of the most extraordinary epicenters of Buddhist life and learning in Tibet today ⎯ particularly Jonang and Nyingma monasteries, nunneries, and hermitages ⎯ while roaming the wildly beautiful terrain of the Tibetan plateau.
The group size for this program will be 6 to 12 persons. *Spaces are limited.

Pilgrimage Highlights 

  • Degge Woodblock Printing House
  • Jonang Headquarters in Dzamtang
  • Yangchen, Largest Nunnery in Tibet
  • Lerung Gar, Largest Monastic Encampment in Tibet
  • Tsadra Rinchen Drak Retreat Hermitage of Jamgon Kongtrul
  • Dzogchen Monastery, Meditation Caves of Mipham and Patrul Rinpoche

The Pilgrimage Itinerary

JULY 17 | DAY 01 = Arrive in Chengdu
JULY 18 | DAY 02 = Drive to Dartsedo
JULY 19 | DAY 03 = Drive to Degge 
JULY 20 | DAY 04 = ->Pelpung Monastery
JULY 21 | DAY 05 = Hike to Tsadra Rinchen Drak Hermitage
JULY 22 | DAY 06 = Degge. Explore Printing House and Old Town 
JULY 23 | DAY 07 = Over Trola Pass -> Dzogchen Monastery 
JULY 24 | DAY 08 = Dzogchen -> Shechen Monastery 
JULY 25 | DAY 09 = -> Mani Ganggo Lake -> Kandze 
JULY 26 | DAY 10 = -> Yarchen Nunnery and back to Kardze 
JULY 27 | DAY 11 = -> Serta Monastery 
JULY 28 | DAY 12 = Serta Monastery -> Dzamthang 
JULY 29 | DAY 13 = Dzamthang -> Barkham
JULY 30 | DAY 14 = Chenrezig Temple, Barkham 
JULY 31 | DAY 15 = -> Chengdu 
Pilgrimage Leader

Michael R. Sheehy, Ph.D., Co-Founder and Executive Director at Jonang Foundation, and Visiting Scholar at Harvard University. Michael’s research and writing give attention to marginalized Buddhist lineages and endangered literature in Tibet. For several years, Michael studied in a Buddhist monastery in the Golok region of far eastern Tibet. He is the co-editor of the volume, The Other Emptiness on zhentong philosophy and author of a forthcoming book on the history of the Jonang tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Since 2004, he has regularly led group pilgrimages to historical and sacred sites throughout Tibet and the Buddhist Himalaya.
Enrollment Process
The enrollment process consists of these 4 steps:
  1. Send an inquiry email to [email protected] along with a completed Registration Form. Write, "PILGRIMAGE 2016" in the subject line. You will be contacted by the pilgrimage leader or a foundation representative who can answer any questions that you may have. 
  2. Setup an appointment to talk with the pilgrimage leader on Skype or the phone. 
  3. Pay the $1000 nonrefundable enrollment down-payment to reserve a spot on the program. This fee will be credited towards your total amount due.
  4. Receive the invite and join the email forum exclusive for the pilgrimage group. This forum will be moderated by your pilgrimage leader and serve as the platform via which to pose questions, communicate with your fellow pilgrims, distribute relevant information, and discuss logistics in preparation for the pilgrimage.


Cost & Payment Process

A $1,000 enrollment down-payment is required per person to reserve a spot. Early enrollment is encouraged. Spaces are limited and the program will close once full. Spaces are reserved in the order by which each person enrolls. The enrollment down-payment will be credited towards each person's total cost. See the Cancellation and Refund Policy.
Please contact us about making an enrollment down-payment. 
Total Cost of Program:
Cost Before April 01: $5,250
Cost After April 01: $5,750
*Pilgrims must confirm participation by June 15. Payments must be received in full no later than July 01. 
Cost includes: Full board including all meals, mineral water and daily snacks, and accommodation in hotels and guesthouses (camping equipment at sites if necessary); Inland transportation by 4x4 Jeeps; Airport pickup and send off in Chengdu with English-speaking guide; All necessary road permit and travel documentation including visitation, entrance, and conservation fees to all sites and monasteries.
Cost does not include: Roundtrip international flight tickets from/to port of origin or domestic flights, visas, international airport taxes, travel insurance, sleeping bags, tips, personal expenses, drinks.
There is an option to reserve a single room/tent:  Single Supplement = $650
*Vegetarian meals will be provided at each meal.
*A percentage of each total payment is tax-deductible in the U.S.
Payments can be made via the online cart, Pilgrimage Program Payment. Personal checks and bank wire transfers are also accepted.


Contact Information

For all queries about the pilgrimage, please contact us at [email protected] with the word "PILGRIMAGE" in the subject line.

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