4-DAY PHARPING PILGRIMAGE

With Sisse Budolfsen or Alex d’Artois

2nd – 5th April / ongoing

The 4-Day Pharping Pilgrimage in a Nutshell

The Pharping Pilgrimages is a four-day pilgrimage held in the area of Pharping, located in the South-Western corner of the Kathmandu Valley. It is the ideal long weekend get-away if you are a resident of Kathmandu, wishing to further explore the Buddhist culture in Nepal and learn about Tibetan Buddhist meditation techniques, or if you are visiting Nepal and wish to take a few days out of of your programme and explore a sacred valley with many holy sites. The groups will be of maximum 7 people. The first two nights we will stay at the Neydo Monastery, host to some 100 monks located on a hill in the beautiful and sacred valley of Pharping, overlooking the entire Kathmandu Valley. This gives us an incredible opportunity to witness Buddhist monks in their daily lives in in the monastery, while at the same time it offers us the perfect place and environment to learn about Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and Tibetan Buddhist meditation practices. On the third day of our pilgrimage, we walk up the hill through pine tree forrest, overlooking the entire valley below to visit Dudjom Rinpoche’s retreat land – one of the greatest Tibetan Buddhist masters of our time. Neydo Monastery serve delicious, vegetarian and organic meals.

Introducing the Facilitators

Sisse Budolfsen and/or Alex d’Artois will be the meditation instructors and guides on these 4-Day Pharping Pilgrimages in the Kathmandu Valley. For more information on Sisse & Alex, please go here.

We start the day by exploring the inner experience of awakening through meditation practice, and in the afternoon sessions we enhance the experience by becoming pilgrims and yogis by visiting and paying homage to the many local shrines, temples and meditation caves in the Pharping Valley.

 

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Daily Schedule

  • 8:00 – 8:30 Meditation
  • 9:00 – 10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:30 – 12:00 Morning session on Tibetan Buddhism & Meditation Practice
  • 1:00 – 2:00 Lunch
  • 2:00 – 3:30 Free time
  • 3:30 – 5:30 Visiting sacred places
  • 7:00 – 8:00 Dinner
  • 8:15 – 8:45 Evening meditation

Info on Meditation

There is no prerequisite for joining the pilgrimage, or to have in-depth knowledge or experience with the practice of meditation.  Simply, to have the wish to go deeper with one’s mind, and to have curiosity regarding its functions is enough. There is nothing religious about the practice of meditation, or to visit sacred places and shrines. In fact, there is nothing even Buddhist about it. The practice of meditation is simply a tool to bring your mind back to a place of naked awareness, to a place of basic space with yourself. In fact, it is simply put a technique with which to uncover all the layers of hope and fear, grasping and expectations that are all such strong habits of the mind.  With the practice of meditation we can learn to come back to ourselves, and to become familiar with the groundless and raw quality of reality.

Itinerary

Neydo Monastery in Pharping

DAY 1 - ARRIVAL AT NEYDO MONASTERY IN PHARPING

We gather at the Kathmandu Guesthouse’s parking lot in Thamel at 5 PM.  so that people who have been to work get a chance to join us for our pilgrimage toward Pharping and Neydo Monastery. We arrive just in time for dinner at the Neydo Guesthouse restaurant. After dinner from 8-9 PM. we give an introduction to the weekend pilgrimage, do a winding down meditation practice before bedtime.

 

View over Pharping Valley

DAY 2 - NEYDO MONASTERY

We start  the day with morning meditation in the Monastery shrine room and after breakfast we continue our session on Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and storytelling of great, Buddhist masters of the Himalayan region.

In the afternoon we become pilgrims as we hike through rice fields and local villages in the Pharping Valley. It is said that Guru Rinpoche attained his ultimate enlightenment in this place. We visit the cave of the self-arisen Tara; manifesting naturally from inside the cave, a sacred Vajrayogini spot (Buddhist deity) and other Guru Rinpoche caves. We have a guided mediation session after dinner.

View from the Haatiban Hill

DAY 3 - NEYDO MONASTERY

We start  the day with morning meditation in the Monastery shrine room and after breakfast we continue our session on Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and storytelling of great, Buddhist masters of the Himalayan region.

After lunch, we venture up the Haatiban hill through pine tree forest from Neydo Monastery to Dudjom Rinpoche’s retreat land, overlooking the Pharping Valley. If weather permits, we are able to see the majestic Himalayas above the Kathmandu City.

We talk about the tradition of doing solitary retreat within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, and guide a session of meditation in the small shrine room. We return to Neydo Monastery for a rest before dinner. We have a guided mediation session after dinner.

 

 

Philosophy session at Neydo Monastery

DAY 4 - LAST DAY

We start the day with morning meditation and breakfast. After breakfast we have free time to rest. After lunch we finish the weekend pilgrimage with a session of meditation and close the pilgrimage before we return to Kathmandu evening time at 5pm.

WHERE– NEPAL –  Pharping in the Kathmandu Valley, see Nepal map

WHEN–  2nd – 5th April /  ongoing

PRICE–  Twin room to share: 390 USD

Extra cost for private single room: 150 USD

BOOKINGS– Please email us at himalayanhermitage108@gmail.com.

INCLUSIONS

  • Vegetarian meals
  • Snacks & tea
  • Transportation
  • Accommodation at Neydo Monastery
  • Meditation & Dharma talks
  • Experienced guide – Sisse Budolfsen and/or Alex d’Artois

EXCLUSIONS

  • Any alcoholic beverage during the pilgrimage
  • Tips during the pilgrimage

For bookings and more information himalayanhermitage108@gmail.com