BHUTAN: Mastering the Buddha Nature Within – Dec 7-18th, 2014
WHY Bhutan you ask?
Because the first time I visited this remarkable country my experience was so life-changing I’ve wanted to go back from the very moment I left.
The only way I can describe it is to say that the country is so stunning and pristine, the people so heart-felt and remarkable, the philosophy so different from ours, and the location so remote – that I felt like I had wandered into an entirely different universe.
There is something magical about traveling out of your comfort zone and into great beauty. A part of you breaks open when you are awe-struck to the core – it sets off fireworks within your neurons opening you to possibilities that you never could have imagined.
Ideas spark in your mind, the world changes rotation,
hearts burst open, strange birds rush across the sky,
and great mysteries are revealed…
You take a pilgrimage into your own soul and come out somehow transformed, lighter, clearer, truer to your passion and purpose.
And NOTHING is ever the same again.
That’s WHY we go to Bhutan.
That’s WHY we wander.
And that’s WHY you must join us.
HOW do I know this trip’s for me?
- If you’re longing for an infusion of inspiration in your life
- If you’re dreaming of a deeper connection with your passion and purpose
- If you need clarity in your personal and business life
- If your heart needs to stretch it boundaries and burst open
- If you want to learn how to apply Buddhist teachings to your life
- If your soul is longing to be free
- If you desire to connect with other like-minded people
- If you feel called to connect with magic of Bhutan
WHERE is Bhutan?
Not many people have actually heard about Bhutan – The Land of the Thunder Dragon, or even know where it is located. For many years this little country about the size of Switzerland has been off limits of foreigners.
If you look at a map you will find Bhutan to be east of Nepal at the same latitude (as Florida actually), with a tiny piece of India separating the two countries – and the northern edge touches the Himalayas.
WHAT am I going to experience?
Through meditation, chanting, prayer and ceremony, and connecting the local people – you will expand your consciousness and practice cultivating the compassion and loving-kindness of the Buddha within (for others, and most importantly – for yourself).
This trip is designed to strengthen your connection to your inner wisdom, love, and compassion. In this challenging world of ours learning to put the Buddha’s teachings into practice (in the most practical of ways!) is the focus of our group time together.
Attaining the highest level of Gross National Happiness in the world is the goal of the Bhutanese people (as opposed to Gross National Product) – we too will aspire to bring that attitude into our lives.
We also suggest honoring your body after our pilgrimage to Tiger’s Nest with a visit to the spa at the 5 star Zhiwa Ling hotel (the last 2 days of our journey). Each of the treatment rooms are dedicated to one of the aspects of Tara, the radiant goddess who embodies the virtues of compassion, healing, wisdom and fearlessness. She is the most venerated female deity, representing the divine feminine of the Buddha Nature.
Tara is known as “She Who Saves” and is the Protectoress of the sick. All healing goddesses are thought to be one of her many emanations and her healing blessings are bestowed on all who sincerely seek her out. All treatments begin with the therapist invoking the healing energy of Tara, and conclude with the balancing resonance of the Himalayan singing bowl. It’s not to be missed.
WHAT are the highlights?
You can see the Bhutan itinerary by clicking the link.
- Fly over eight of the ten tallest peaks in the world – including Mt. Everest.
- See the 108 Chortens or stupas built for the Gross National Happiness of Bhutan.
- Travel across the lush valleys of Bhutan – one of the ten most important bio-diversity hot spots in the world.
- Hike to the Divine Madman’s temple (Chimmi Lhakang) a famous pilgrimage site for childless couples
- Enjoy some of the best Tantric art in Bhutan.
- Visit the stunning Punakha Dzong – a magnificent architectural masterpiece nestled between two rivers.
- Hike in the Black Mountains National Park and visit the rare Black Neck Cranes, a symbol of peace for the Bhutanese.
- Visit Rinpung Dzong the religious headquarters of Bhutan where the movie “Little Buddha” was filmed.
- Attend the Druk Wangyal Festival with its sacred folk & mask dances.
- Explore the capital of Bhutan, Thimpu – the only capital city in the world with no traffic lights!
- Attend a prayer ceremony with monks followed by a teaching on Buddhism.
- Pilgrimage to the famous Takstang Temple (aka Tiger’s Nest) situated on a cliff edge, dedicated to the Guru Rinpoche (we’ll be using his mantra on the journey).
- Two nights in the stunning 5 star Zhiwa Ling Hotel at the end of our trip to nourish ourselves on all levels!
- Make friends for life with the other people you sojourn with.
The people of Bhutan are Tantric Buddhists who have a Shamanistic background called Bon – and a fantastic history filled with strange legends and mythologies! In fact, one of the highlights of our journey is a special pilgrimage up to the sacred site called Tiger’s Nest which marks the spot where the beloved Guru Rinpoche flew to on the back of a flaming tigress! Indeed, the monasteries are magical and beautiful in ways that I cannot begin to describe.
You’ll have the opportunity to spend a day at the Druk Wangyal Festival. Held at the Dochula Pass which is an incredibly scenic location – you’ll have a panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain range – simply stunning!
The festival showcases many unique folk and mask dances including the story of Milarepa, one of the most inspiring Buddhist Saints who achieved enlightenment within a lifetime. The best part is just being part of the everyday life of the people and experiencing their joy and delight.
You’ll also spend time visiting the very rare and endangered Black Necked Cranes in Phobjikha. And as a special gift, a Lama will be preparing a prayer and blessing ceremony just for us.
As service is an important part of our spiritual experience, you are welcome to bring children’s books, blankets or anything you would like to donate to the Bhutanese people during our visit.
Bhutan cannot be described in any way – you simply must visit and experience the beauty of the both the landscapes and the amazing people!
“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.”
~ the Buddha
Want to Join Us?
Questions? Give us a ring at 727-421-0849 or email us – we can’t wait to hear from you! This is one of those once-in-a-lifetime journeys, and you will not come back the same person you were when you arrived. If there is any way that you can get way for this mystical journey, I encourage you to come! And don’t leave without watching the video on the right –>