Benefiting Tibet House & Prajnopaya, Created by GeoEx
April 18–26 with Optional Shikoku Extension April 26–29, 2017
Buddhism has been practiced in Japan since its official introduction in 552 AD and has been a major influence on the development of Japanese society and culture. On this fascinating journey we will explore the shrines, temples and sites in Tokyo and Kyoto, and see for ourselves how the county has been shaped by this ancient practice. Each day we’ll enjoy talks and meditations led by Dr. Thurman and The Venerable Priyadarshi, to put our experiences in context.
Space is limited, and trips with Dr. Thurman typically sell out very quickly. If you’d like to reserve a place in advance, we urge you to contact us at 888-919-9713, or by email at [email protected] to submit your deposit and confirm your space. We will accept advanced reservations on a first come, first served basis, and the trip will be opened to the general public at 12:00 p.m. Pacific time on Tuesday, November 29.
Japanese Buddhist schools are the farthest eastern branches of the Mahayana movement of wisdom and compassion in Asia, and a profusion of illuminating manifestations may be encountered there. The esoteric Shingon Buddhism founded by the great Kukai in the 8th and 9th centuries is an amazing parallel (and contrast) with the Tibetan Buddhism brought to Tibet by Padma Sambhava in the same time period. Chinese Ch’an morphed into various branches of Zen, and some extraordinary individual sages and holy persons emerged over the centuries. The Kegon school brought the Flower Ornament Sutra into prominence and left extraordinary texts and works of art, such as the Daibutsu statue. And the Tendai school generated a number of schools focused on the Lotus Sutra.
On this pilgrimage, we visit some of the exquisite temples of these various schools, meet the spirits of their founding masters and enjoy their life stories, and observe how the Buddha Dharma created another Asian culture and turned into a unique civilization. We have been fascinated by Japanese Bodhisattvas for years, and fell in love with their wisdom, creativity, and special aesthetic. The Venerable Priyadarshi studied here for some years and had deep experiences under the tutelage of some contemporary masters, including an enlightening “Tokyo green line subway retreat” he will tell us about.
We will have an enjoyable, memorable, and transformative time together in this marvelous country. Each morning we may begin our day with a meditation. Each evening our leaders will provide an itinerary update and schedule for the following day. The sightseeing may be amended based on any special visits we’re able to arrange.
Please remember that patience, a sense of humor and a flexible spirit will go a long way on this momentous journey.
The Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi Rinpoche is the Founding Director and President of the Prajnopaya Institute and Foundation. His endeavors include developing projects that promote humanitarian aid and humane understanding in countries such as India, Nepal, Japan, USA, and Sri Lanka to benefit their disadvantaged populations. Venerable Tenzin was born into a Hindu Brahm in family in Vaishali, India. At the age of ten, under his own volition, he entered a Buddhist monastery in Rajgir, near the ancient Nalanda University. He studied traditional Indo-Tibetan and Japanese Buddhism and was ordained by His Holiness The Dalai Lama who is his spiritual mentor. His unique background included simultaneously receiving traditional Buddhist training and a secular education. He studied under the guidance of several great teachers including: H.H. Sakya Trizin, H.H. Drikung Chhetsang, H.E. Kushok Bakula Rinpoche and H. E. Samdhong Rinpoche and received meditation training from H.E. Drubwang Rinpoche.
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