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Pilgrimage to Tibet


Message from Dechen Yeshe Wangmo:

Dear Sangha,

Today, on Dudjom Rinpoche’s 30th Parinirvana Anniversary, I’m happy to announce my July 2017 Pilgrimage to Tibet! This year, we’re returning to Lhasa, Tsogyal Latso and Samye but then we’re venturing west to Everest, Kailash and Lake Manasarovar!

Everything’s in place for a sacred 19-days in Tibet for 12 pilgrims, including myself and Dechen Chodon, pilgrimage manager and trip leader.

Everything’s on the website at www.sangha-journeys.com

Everything’s ready to assist you in making this journey if it’s right for you!

Where are we going?
Lhasa (Jokhang, Ramoche, Potala, Lukhang), Tsetang Tsechu Stupa, Samye, Tsogyal Latso, Yamdrok Turquoise Lake, Gyanste Kubum Stupa, Shalu, Rong Puk, Mt. Everest Base Camp, Mt. Kailash (3-day circumambulation), Manasarovar Lake and Guge Kingdom!

Don’t delay. There’s early bird pricing!

Head-on over to the website and let us know if we can be of assistance

Tashi Delek!
Lama Dechen Yeshe Wangmo
PS: Don’t miss the Full Itinerary —detailed descriptions and photos to enjoy!



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The Great Samye Monastery

Samye Monastery was founded in the 8th century during the reign of King Trisong Detsen with the help of the Indian Buddhist masters Padmasambhava and Shantarakshita, whom the king had invited to Tibet to help spread Buddhism.  Padamasambhava is credited with subduing the local spirits and winning them over to Buddhism.

The importance of Samye to Tibetan Buddhism cannot really be overstated.  Since its establishment in the eighth century, Samye has been the central point from where Tibetan Buddhism began to spread through Central Asia and beyond.  It was also the place where many meditation practices were taught, translated, edited, maintained, and preserved, thus upholding and propagating the glorious Dharma.

It was in Samye Monastery that Vairocana, 108 scholars, and other Padmasambhava’s disciples first translated into Tibetan many of the texts that would make up Tibet’s vast Buddhist literature.

Padmasambhava performed the Vajrakilaya Dance and enacted the rite of ‘thread cross’ or Namkha to assist King Trisong Deutsen and Shantarakshita clear away obscurations and hindrances in the building of Samye.  He performed this dance in order to prepare the ground for the Samye Monastery and to pacify the malice of the local mountain god spirits and malevolent spirits in order to create the most perfect conditions for the authentic dharma to be practiced.

In one of his teachings, the great master Longchenpa explained the great importance of Samye Monastery.  He said you can measure whether Tibetan Buddhism will stay or be lost and gone forever by observing the condition of Samye Monastery.  In this way, Samye is really the measure: if Samye is gone, Tibetan Buddhism will disappear.

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