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4-DAY PHARPING PILGRIMAGE

With Sisse Budolfsen or Alex d’Artois

23rd – 26th August / 1st – 4th November / 29th Nov – 2nd December

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.

This pilgrimage journey will be jointly facilitated by the Himalayan Hermitage team in Nepal, Alex d’Artois or Sisse Budolfsen – depending on the size of the group, as well as our wonderful Bhutanese guide, Tshering Penjore while we are in Bhutan. The groups will hold the maximum amount of 15 people.

For more information on Alex & Sisse please go here.

The Buddhist culture of the Himalayas, with the countless blessings of the many yogis and yoginis who have practiced the path of awakening here for centuries, seep out of every temple and shrine in the Kathmandu Valley. In the daily meditation sessions, we will explore the inner capacity for the mind to fully rest, and familiarise ourselves with the experience of being free from the constant, and very subtle dichotomy of hope and fear.

We start the day by exploring the inner experience of awakening in ourselves, as well as grounding our awareness into the body through yoga, and in the afternoon sessions we enhance the experience by becoming pilgrims and yogis. We explore the outer element of sacredness and the culture of awakening by visiting, and paying homage to the many sacred temples and shrines in the Kathmandu Valley. Evening meditation after dinner.

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Sample Daily Schedule (note. schedule will vary day-to-day during travel into the mountains)
  • 8:00 – 9:00 Yoga
  • 9:15 – 10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 – 12:00 Morning philosophy session
  • 12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
  • 1:00 – 4:30 Visiting sacred sites & hiking in nature
  • 7:00 – 8:00 Dinner
  • 8:00 – 8:30 Evening meditation

There is no prerequisite for joining the yoga 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.