Nepal Pilgrimage and Teachings Tours
Last updated on 18th April 2013

Rinpoche has just completed an auspicious and meaningful pilgrimage and teaching tours, that cover most of the holy sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Nepal. This month-long pilgrimage, teaching cum retreat is specially organized at the repeated and enthusiastic request of his Asian students and followers.

I) Prayer at Boudhanath Stupa
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Boudhanath Stupa (or Bodnath Stupa) - the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal, located in the town of Boudha, on the eastern outskirts of Kathmandu; surrounded by more than 29 Tibetan monasteries.
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Rinpoche, monks and students performed hours of prayer in front of the Boudhanath Stupa.
II) Visiting Lumbini - The Birthplace of Lord Buddha
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Rinpoche and monks circumbulate the Maya Devi Temple of Lumbini
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III) Retreat at Maratika - the sacred cave of Padmasambhava & Mandarava

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Maratika cave, located in Khotang District, eastern Nepal, is the sacred holy place where Guru Padmasambhava and princess Mandarava accomplished the immortal rainbow body of great transference; also known as the state of immortal awareness holder (Tib: chimey rigzin) or the vidyadhara with mastery over life.
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Disciples offering Long Life Prayer to Rinpoche Rinpoche acceppted the offering and prayer
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Rinpoche bestows blessing and presents blessed substances Disciples queuing up to receive the nectar
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Group lamps lighting and offering Rinpoche and monks lead the Lamps lighting ceremony
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IV) Namo Buddha Takmo Lujin - the holy site of "Tigress Body Generosity"
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The Namo Buddha holy site known by Tibetans as Takmo Lu Jin, meaning "Tigress Body Generosity". The Namo Buddha stupa marks the site where a young prince (one of Lord Buddha previous lives) came across a ravenous tigress with few cubs in starvation. With immense compassion, the prince offered his body as food to the tigress and thereby she is able to feed her cubs.

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Rinpoche leading the monks and disciples to perform lamp offerings, prayer and teaching in front of the shrine A small shrine in Nama Buddha contains statues of the prince together with the tigress and her cubs
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Rinpoche and monks walking toward the Namo Buddha stupa Monks and disciples making offering in the temple
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Rinpoche leading the group circumbulating the stupa above: Rinpoche and monks perform prayer in front of the stupa

V) The Holy Buddhist Sites at Pharping

a) The Asura Cave of Padmasambhava

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The three main statues enshrined inside the Asura Cave are those of Guru Rinpoche, Yangdak Heruka and Vajrakilaya. It's also called the upper cave of Yanglesho, is a sacred cave of Guru Padmasambhava. In this place, the great master of Oddiyana and his consort Sakyadevi, attained the Vidyadhra level of Mahamudra through the practice of Yangdak Heruka (Vishuddha Heruka).
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b) The Yanglesho Cave of Padmasambhava
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To the right of the Shesh Narayan Temple, a wood latticed doorway conceals a cave, renowned as the Yanglesho Cave, where Guru Rinpoche is said to have wrestled with a horde of snakes (Sanskrit: nag) and turned them into stone. The sadhana of Yangdak Heruka combined with the practice of Vajrakilaya was composed here by Guru Rinpoche for swift spiritual attainment and obstable removal.

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The stone offering table enshrined the Vajrakilaya thangka Rinpoche and monks perform puja next to the Yanglesho Cave
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d) The Self-Arisen Tara
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The self-arisen Arya Tara image emerges from the rock next to the Ganesha statue (toward the left side of Ganesha)
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e) The Vajrayogini Temple
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The ancient Vajrayogini Temple. It's said that Marpa Lotsawa came to this temple every time he visits India.
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VI)  The Holy Buddhist Sites at Patan

a) The White Avalokiteshvara Temple - Ah Kham

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Since the temple is closed, students can only paying respect outside the White Avalokiteshvara temple. Rinpoche given a short teaching and brief explanation about the temple history.
b) The Red Avalokiteshvara Temple - Bu Kham
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c) The MahaBoddhi Temple
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VII) The Swayambunath Stupa
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VIII) Sang Puja and Hanging Lungta Prayer Flag
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