Bhutan and Its Buddhist Traditions

Bhutan

The purpose of this trip is to evoke an understanding of Bhutan and perhaps a spiritual awakening through the study and use of colors within the context of cosmology, astrology and Buddhist teaching.

Led by an individual who is well-versed in the use of color and Buddhist teachings in Bhutan, the journey takes you from Paro in the west to Bumthang in the center of the country, but in a most unusual fashion. Along the way, you will go through a Buddhist cleansing ceremony, make a mandala with local monks, meet with an indigenous doctor and talk with and listen to some of the master teachers. You also have the opportunity to participate in different rituals and offerings, such as the Dued Ritual, a Tsokhor offering or Tsa Tsa making.

The climax of the trip is a pilgrimage to sacred Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery.

Dates

Land Cost

Starting at

$4350

Per
Person

Based on 4-6 People
(excluding international air)

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ITINERARY at a Glance


Day 1


Arrive in Paro. Drive to Thimphu. Sunset at the Great Buddha

Day 2


Mandala making and offering. PM meeting with an indigenous medical doctor. Evening talk by a master and offering

Day 3


Morning at Memorial Chorten. Visit weekend market. Textile Museum and Paper Factory. PM Dued ritual at Paga Monastery in Thimphu. Talk by chief astrologer.

Day 4


Fly Bumthang. Visit Tamshing Monastery and evening Tsokhor Offering at Lhodra Karchu Monastery

Day 5


Chanting and meditation with a master at Mebartso. Visit Tamshing. Afternoon Tsokhor offering and spiritual debate in Lhodra Karchu.

Day 6


Drive Ura. Smoke Ceremony and walk to town. Home lunch and visit READ Library

Day 7


Return to Punakha, stopping in Chendebji and Rukubji

Day 8


Tsa-Tsa making and Prayer Flag Hoisting. Visits to Punakha Dzong and Chimi Lhakang. Talk on Tsa-tsa making by senior monk

Day 9


Return to Paro. Stop at Sisina family home and Tachogang Temple.

Day 10


Taktsang Pilgrimage and Farewell.

Day 11


Depart Bhutan for home.

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