In the Footsteps of the Buddha - Peepal Pilgrimage
15th February to 1st March 2014 (15 days)

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Shakyamuni Buddha discovered the truth of overcoming suffering and bringing happiness to the individual, family and society. Before he died, the Buddha suggested that it would be of great benefit to those who are interested in his teachings to make a pilgrimage to the places associated with his life.

We have an opportunity to travel in the company of Shantum Seth, an experienced and renowned guide on the Buddha's path, who has been leading pilgrimages since 1988. A Buddhist scholar and practitioner, he is an ordained Dharma teacher in the Zen tradition of the Vietnamese Master, Thich Nhat Hanh. As we journey, Shantum shares stories and teachings of the Buddha and the practices of daily meditation and mindfulness. In this way the Buddha comes alive not only as a historical person, but in the here and now, someone who is relevant to our lives today.

Together we visit the actual sites where the historical Buddha was born, spent his childhood, attained enlightenment, taught, meditated and where he passed away. We travel along the fertile plains of the Ganges, beautiful with its mustard and lentil fields, to the lush 'terai' that leads to the foothills of the Himalayas. We visit the remains of ancient monasteries and stupas, museums with exquisite art, living temples and villages that have changed little since the time of the Buddha 2,500 years ago. We take a boat ride, stop at mango groves, visit Hindu temples, Muslim mosques, visit schools and meet/mingle with pilgrims from all over the world.

The pilgrimage has all the ingredients of a truly memorable journey, widening our perceptions and consciousness. It is an opportunity not only to deepen our knowledge and practice of the Buddha and his teachings but also to get an insight into an India that few penetrate. On this journey we touch a culture and civilization that are both ancient and contemporary. We take an inner and an outer journey through a fascinating and mysterious India.

India herself is a great teacher. Shantum, who has been an advisor to the United Nations Development Programme on a number of social development and environmental programmes in India, shares the underlying structures and subtleties of Indian society so that the travelers get a real sense of our living and ancient cultures. We visit homes of both villagers and city dwellers, and have an opportunity to share ideas and stories with local people. This journey is not only intellectually stimulating, exposing the mind to challenging ideas and diverse lifestyles, but also spiritually transformative.

Normally there are 8-20 people on each journey, which allows for greater individual attention in the context of a supportive sangha and also makes it possible to cater to personal needs and interests.

Led by: Shantum Seth

 

Extensions that may be added before and after the Peepal Pilgrimage:

 

Journey to the East - Touching the Earth 2014: 9th February to 15th February 2014

The Taj Mahal at Agra - 1st March to 2nd March 2014

The Exquisite Caves -3rd March to 5th March 2014

 

Pilgrimage Sites >>

 

Itineraries

Peepal Pilgrimage 2014: 15th February to 1st March 2014 (15 days)
Peepal Pilgrimage 2014 (HALF)- I: 15th February to 23rd February 2014 (9 days)
Peepal Pilgrimage 2014 (HALF)- II: 22nd February to 1st March 2014 (8 days)
Peepal Pilgrimage 2014 (Agra Option): 1st March to 2nd March 2014 (1 day)
Peepal Pilgrimage 2014 (Caves Option): 3rd March to 5th March 2014 (3 days)

 

 

 

 

Peepal Pilgrimage 2014: 15th February to 1st March 2014 (15 days)

Day 1: 15th February 2014:: Begin at 12 Noon. Delhi - Varanasi by air

Day 2: 16th February 2014:: Varanasi

Day 3: 17th February 2014:: Varanasi- Bodhgaya

Day 4: 18th February 2014:: Bodhgaya

Day 5: 19th February 2014:: Bodhgaya

Day 6: 20th February 2014:: Bodhgaya - Nalanda - Rajgir

Day 7: 21st February 2014:: Rajgir

Day 8: 22nd February 2014:: Rajgir - Vaishali

Day 9: 23rd February 2014:: Vaishali - Kushinagar

Day 10: 24th February 2014:: Kushinagar - Lumbini

Day 11: 25th February 2014:: Lumbini

Day 12: 26th February 2014:: Lumbini - Kapilavastu

Day 13: 27th February 2014:: Kapilavastu - Sravasti

Day 14: 28th February 2014:: Sravasti

Day 15: 1st March 2014:: Sravasti - Lucknow - Delhi by air. Departure or Lucknow - Agra by train (for Agra option)

 

With the Agra Option:

1st March 2014: Sravasti - Lucknow - Agra by train

2nd March 2014: Agra - Delhi by Satabadi train. Departure.

 

With the Caves Option:

3rd March 2014: Delhi - Aurangabad by air

4th March 2014: Aurangabad.

5th March 2014: Aurangabad - Delhi by air. Departure.

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Peepal Pilgrimage 2014 (HALF)- I: 15th February to 23rd February 2014 (9 days)

Day 1: 15th February 2014:: Begin at 12 Noon. Delhi - Varanasi by air

Day 2: 16th February 2014:: Varanasi

Day 3: 17th February 2014:: Varanasi- Bodhgaya

Day 4: 18th February 2014:: Bodhgaya

Day 5: 19th February 2014:: Bodhgaya

Day 6: 20th February 2014:: Bodhgaya - Nalanda - Rajgir

Day 7: 21st February 2014:: Rajgir

Day 8: 22nd February 2014:: Rajgir - Vaishali

Day 9: 23rd February 2014:: Vaishali - Patna by road and Patna - Delhi by air. Departure

 

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Peepal Pilgrimage 2014 (HALF)- II: 22nd February to 2nd March 2014 (8 days)

Day 1: 22nd February 2014:: Delhi - Patna - Vaishali

Day 2: 23rd February 2014:: Vaishali - Kushinagar

Day 3: 24th February 2014:: Kushinagar - Lumbini

Day 4: 25th February 2014:: Lumbini

Day 5: 26th February 2014:: Lumbini - Kapilavastu

Day 6: 27th February 2014:: Kapilavastu - Sravasti

Day 7: 28th February 2014:: Sravasti

Day 8: 1st March 2014:: Sravasti - Lucknow - Delhi by air. Departure. or Lucknow - Agra by train (for Agra option)

 

With the Agra Option:

1st March 2014: Sravasti - Lucknow - Agra by train

2nd March 2014: Agra - Delhi by Satabadi train. Departure.

 

With the Caves Option:

3rd March 2014: Delhi - Aurangabad by air

4th March 2014: Aurangabad.

5th March 2014: Aurangabad - Delhi by air. Departure.

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