Moon Stone at Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

Descent to Lanka: Sri Lanka Pilgrimage-
Witness ancient and living Buddhist culture in Colombo, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, and Kandy

Led by Stephen Batchelor, Martine Batchelor and Shantum Seth

December 31, 2015 to January 11, 2016 (12 days)
(beginning and ending in Colombo)
&
January 11 to January 14, 2016
(4 days)
4-day retreat: Galle
(beginning and ending in Colombo)

This journey begins and ends in Colombo in Sri Lanka.

Descent to Lanka: Sri Lanka Pilgrimage

Witness ancient and living Buddhist culture on this fascinating pilgrimage through Sri Lanka. Pratice sitting meditation iunder the oldest living tree in Anuradhapura, which is a descendent of the Bodhi tree under whch the Buddha atttained enlightenment, visit monastries and ruins dating back to 2nd century BC in Polonnaruwa. Listen to Dharma talks at the Rock Cut temples from the 1st centruy BC at the Dambulla Caves. Walk up to the Lion Rock in Sigiriya and pay respect to the sacred tooth relic in Kandy.Enjoy this wonderful travelling retreat in the context of the vibrant, rich culture of Sri Lanka appreciating the tropical beauty and abundance of this Emerald Island.

TEACHER BIOGRAPHIES

Stephen Batchelor was ordained as a Buddhist monk in the Tibetan tradition and later traveled to Korea where he practiced as a Zen monk. In 1985, he disrobed and taught at the Sharpham Community and Gaia House in England. Stephen has synthesized a distinctively western teaching style, drawing from multiple Buddhist traditions. His books include: The Awakening of the West: The Encounter of Buddhism and Western Culture, Buddhism Without Beliefs: A Contemporary Guide to Awakening, Verses from the Center: A Buddhist Vision of the Sublime, Living with the Devil: A Meditation on Good and Evil and Confession of a Buddhist Atheist.

 

Martine Batchelor trained as a Zen nun in South Korea with her teacher, Kusan Sunim.  She disrobed in 1985 and returned to Europe with her husband Stephen, where she also lived and worked at Sharpham and Gaia House. Martine is the translator of Kusan Sunim’s The Way of Korean Zen, and has authored a number of books including Meditation for Life, The Path of Compassion, Women in Korean Zen, Let Go: A Buddhist Guide to Breaking Free of Habits, The Spirit of the Buddha

 

 

Shantum Seth is an ordained teacher in the Zen Buddhist lineage (of the Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh) and has been leading pilgrimages ' In the Footsteps of the Buddha' and other transformative journeys since 1988. He has co-authored books such as Walking with the Buddha, has been a consultant for films like BBC-Discovery’s Life of the Buddha and BBC-PBS’s The Story of India. He is an Advisor to the World Bank and the Government of India to help promote Buddhist journeys and social development efforts.

Itinerary

Descent to Lanka: Sri Lanka Pilgrimage - Led by Stephen Batchelor, Martine Batchelor and Shantum Seth

Descent to Lanka: Sri Lanka Pilgrimage - Witness ancient and living Buddhist culture in Colombo, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, and Kandy (12 days, beginning and ending in Colombo) December 31, 2015 to January 11, 2016 : Price: US$ 4950 (US$ 1520 single room supplement)

Sri Lanka Extension: Galle (3 nights, beginning and ending in Colombo) January 11 to January 14, 2016:
Price: US$ 1155 (US$ 395 single room supplement)

ITINERARY


Day

Date

Day of the week

Travel

Night's stay

1

31-Dec-15

Thursday

Begin In Colombo.

Colombo

2

01-Jan-16

Friday

Colombo.

Colombo

3

02-Jan-16

Saturday

Colombo-Anuradhapura by road

Anuradhapura

4

03-Jan-16

Sunday

Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura

5

04-Jan-16

Monday

Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura

6

05-Jan-16

Tuesday

Anuradhapura-Polonnaruwa by road

Polonnaruwa

7

06-Jan-16

Wednesday

Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa

8

07-Jan-16

Thursday

Polonnaruwa-Sigiriya by road

Sigiriya

9

08-Jan-16

Friday

Sigiriya

Sigiriya

10

09-Jan-16

Saturday

Sigiriya-Kandy

Kandy

11

10-Jan-16

Sunday

Kandy

Kandy

12

11-Jan-16

Monday

Kandy-Galle by road. Retreat vv bb

Galle

13

12-Jan-16

Tuesday

Retreat

Galle

14

13-Jan-16

Wednesday

Retreat

Galle

15

14-Jan-16

Thursday

Retreat Galle-Colombo airport by road

Departure

 

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