Saturday, May 1, 2010

Students' Pilgrimage Tour to Bodh Gaya-2010

The Pilgrimage Tour commenced on 27th, Dec 09:

The group photograph of Ngari monks and young school children with Ven Bodong Ripoche in the middle at the Holy Buddhist Stupa, Sarnath Varanasi. They made a group pilgrimage and tour for 3 days to several ancient Buddhist heritage sites like Sarnath, Kushinagar, Vaishali, Rajgir- ( Vulture Peak ), and the remains and the ruins of renowned Nalanda University . At all those historical places, they congregated and recited sacred texts and said prayer for world peace and harmony, total elimination of natural disasters and calamities. At the top of the Vulture Peak ( Jagod PhungPoe Ri), headed by Bodong Rinpoche, the group recited the Wisdom Heart Sutra as the Shakyamuni Budhha, for the first time, bestowed the Heart Sutra sermon at this peak.

The Group Attended His Holiness Teachings:

Finally, the pilgrim reached Bodh Gaya, Bihar, and dated 2 Jan, 2010 and took part in the seven-day Gelug Monlam (The Great Prayer Festival) & His Holiness the Dalai Lama delivered religious discourses at the Kalchakra Ground nearby Mahabodhi Temple for 5 consecutive days, the teachings was Nagarjuna's 'In Praise of the Transcendental' (jigten ley depar toepa), Atisha's 'Lamp of the Path to Enlightenment' (jangchup lamdron), Longchen Rinpoche's 'Mind In Comfort and Ease' (semnyid nyelso) and Tsongkhapa's 'Short Version of the Stages of the Path To Enlightenment' (lamrim dhuedhon).

The construction of Compound Wall:

The construction of compound wall is in progress now. The barbed wire is being replaced by excavating the earth by erecting the wall to ensure more secure and safety. The construction work will be completed in two months once we have sufficient resource in our account to this end. Our In-charges work exceptionally hard to be able to complete the ongoing mission as soon as possible so that our children can move to the new room, and study in a peaceful environment.

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