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 / SRI LANKA - THE ISLAND OF DHAMMA
(~ 15 days / ~ 1500Km) - 05 / DEC. to 19 / DEC. / 2019
Project Tathagata will organize a India / Sri Lanka pilgrimage to Vipassana meditadors. Pilgrims will have the opportunity to visit and meditate on the most sacred places from the North of India and Sri Lanka - known as Dhamma Dipa in the Pali language.
We will visit and meditate on more important places connected to the history and trajectory of Dhamma on the island. Number of participants varies from 8 to a maximum of 20 students.
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.
The estimated cost of the pilgrimage is 1145 US$ per person. Including lodging value and group donations throughout the pilgrimage period, meals (half board), transportation, entrance fees and guide fees. The cost of the pilgrimage does not include personal donations, visa, personal travel insurance, airfare cost to / from Myanmar, nor any other expenses incurred outside the period of pilgrimage*.
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.
For those who can not afford the full fees, in the application process you will be asked to tell how much you can give.
Anyone who wants to donate to our Pilgrimage Fund is welcome to do so. These contributions will be used to cover the costs of volunteers who help us carry out the pilgrimages, and also to provide additional help to those who can not afford the full pilgrimage rate.
What is expected of the participants:
For registration, fill out the form.
* Important places to visit are already well defined, but there may be adjustments of routes, date, means of transport and accommodation.
See the map above the important places of pilgrimage visit at SRI LANKA - DHAMMA DIPA
For registration, fill out the form.
* PILGRIMAGE ITINERARY
04 / December to 19 / December / 2019
TRAVEL TO SRI LANKA
Meeting Colombo Airport - 12/4/2019:
Day-00: Arrival and presentation in Colombo
Day-01: Departure to Kandy via Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
KANDY - 05,06 / December
Day 02: Visit to the Buddhist Publication Society and the lake area. Group meditation at the Temple of the Tooth Pavilion.
Visit to the Udawattakele Aranya shrine (Botanical Gardens)
Visit and meditation in Dhamma Kuta.
TEMPLES AND MONASTERIES - 07,08 / December
Day-03: Visit and meditation to Aluvihara, Dambulla and Sigiriya
Day-04: Visit and meditation monastery and forest Na Uyana, Dhamma Dharani, Avukana.
ANURADHAPURA - 08,09,10 / December
Day-05: Morning meditation on the tree Bo, Ruwanveli Pagoda. Visit sacred sites, Great Disciples in the Siri Sangabo Temple
Day-06: Visit Mihintale and return to Anuradhapura via Dhamma Anuradha, a day of course after lunch at Dhamma Anuradha.
Day-07: Visit Medirigiriya, Old Town of Polonnaruwa, Somawathi.
SITULPAVUWA - 11 and 12 / December
Day-08: Situlpavuwa visit and meditation.
COLOMBO - 12,13,14 / December
Day-09: Departure to Colombo in the morning via Bellanwila Highway and try to reach Aukana statue at sunrise. Visit and Meditation Dhamma Sobha.
Day-10: Free Day and Rest in Colombo
Day-11: End of the Pilgrimage on Dhamma Island - Dhamma Dipa.
TRAVEL TO MUMBAI, INDIA
GLOBAL PAGODA - 15,16,17 / December
Participation in the Golden Jubilee Activities celebrating the First 10-day Vipassana Course led by S.N.Goenka
Visit the Kaneri caves.
DHAMMAGIRI - 17, 18, 19 / December
Visit, meditation and closing of the India-Sri Lanka pilgrimage