May all sentient beings
- have happiness and its causes.
- be free from suffering and its causes.
- never be separated from sorrowless bliss.
- abide in equanimity free of bias, attachment and anger.
During this very auspicious month of Saka Dawa, which celebrates Buddha's Birth, Enlightenment and passing into Parinirvana, we are very happy to announce that we are organizing a Buddhist pilgrimage to Nepal and India, which will take place in November 2014! Also, for the first time, there will be a tour of Bhutan at the end of the trip. Venerable Thupten Donyo will be leading the pilgrimage with prayers; this will be his fifth trip, which occurs every two years, with Gyuto members and friends. Everyone is most welcome to join the trip.
Please note that the Bhutan trip is not part of the pilgrimage, but some are very much interested in visiting Bhutan, so it will be right after the pilgrimage for 8 days. However, you have a choice to go on either the pilgrimage or Bhutan trip, or both. If you are interested please visit our website www.gyutofoundation.org and review all the details. Once you decide to go please send us your application with a $500 deposit. At the same time, you will need to book your airline ticket for India and then apply for an Indian visa through the following website: Cox & Kings Global Services Pvt. Limited
A pilgrimage is a journey to a sacred place as an act of devotion and faith. Many enlightened beings have advised Buddhist practitioners to visit the place where the Buddha was born, the place where the Buddha attained Enlightenment, the place where he gave his first teaching, and where he passed away into Mahaparinirvana.
During the pilgrimage we will visit the major holy sites of the Buddha such as:
Lumbini (Nepal) - Birthplace of Buddha
Varanasi - Location of the first discourse given by Buddha
Sravasti - Buddha's residence for 25 years
Rajgir - Where Buddha gave teachings on the Heart Sutra
Bodh Gaya - Where Buddha attained enlightenment
Kushinagar - Where Buddha passed into Mahaparinirvana
Vaishali - Location of 1 of 8 portions of the Buddha's relics
Nalanda - Home to ancient monastic universities
We'll also visit the Taj Mahal which is one of the 7 wonders of the World! Pilgrimage itinerary please click here. Application form please click here. Bhutan & Sikkim Tour:
Bhutan, officially the Kingdom of Bhutan, is a landlocked country in South Asia located at the eastern end of the Himalayas. It is bordered to the north by China and to the south, east and west by India. If you are interested in going to Bhutan, please find the itinerary here. Bhutan trip application form, please click here.
Registration is now open and will be taken on a "first come, first serve" basis; everyone is welcome. A limited number of people will be able to join the pilgrimage, so if you are interested in finding out more, please visit the website for details, click here. If you are interested but unable to attend, this trip will be offered again in 2016! Thank you.
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"Tibetan Buddhist monk, Venerable Thupten Donyo, befriended and toured with the legendary rock band The Grateful Dead in the late 1980's. He liked the United States so much that he eventually settled in San Jose where he converted a suburban home into a temple and founded The Gyuto Vajrayana Center. The center is not only a place of worship for local Buddhists, but also a learning center of Tibetan history and language."
Buddhist pilgrimage to India and Nepal organized by Venerable Thupten Donyo as a yearly tradition to allow people to know a little more about the place and lifestyle. Visiting different parts of monastery in India and Nepal. It is always a great part of our lives to be exposed in exploration of monastery in India and Nepal. Such an event is well worth to tour the Buddhist Pilgrimage with Venerable Thupten Donyo.
Gyuto Vajrayana Center Operation
Donations will go towards operations and maintenance of daily activities for the Gyuto Vajrayana Center. If you would like to further support the Gyuto Center's spiritual and charitable efforts, we welcome your donations.