DHARAMSALA, INDIA: The Dalai Lama & Tibetan Buddhism in Exile – To be announced!
High up in the foothills of the Indian Himalayas there is a small town called McLeod Ganj that is home to the most famous refugee in the world, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Since the cultural revolution in Tibet thousands of Tibetans have arrived in this Indian town more widely known as Dharamsala, bringing with them all the sacred wisdom and teachings of Tibetan Buddhism.
People travel from all over the world, surpassing many obstacles along the way, for the once in a lifetime chance to see His Holiness and learn from him! On this special journey of the heart, Lisa Tully (who is originally from Ireland and a practicing Tibetan Buddhist) working hand in hand with the local community, will take you to McLeod Ganj, India to attend public teachings by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. There you will learn Buddhist meditation from teachers of his lineage and hang out with the local Tibetan community.
**Please note: the Dalai Lama has recently cancelled his teaching dates and we are waiting to see if he will announce new ones for our November 2013 tour. Therefore we may or may not get to see him this time around. Everything else on the itinerary is going ahead as planned, plus some special extra activities have been added.**
The Heart of the Buddha
Attending the public teachings by His Holiness will afford you the opportunity to experience the immense power of this man’s heart. He refers to himself as “a simple monk” but rest assured this is an incredible, albeit typically Tibetan, understatement. Although His Holiness tirelessly travels the globe reaching out to as many “brothers and sisters” as possible, the authenticity of seeing him reach out to his own people in his home temple is a totally different experience.
For example, looking around you will see devotees falling into deep states of meditation simply by being in his presence. People bursting into tears at the mere sight of him as he gently opens hearts that little bit wider. As the saying goes “a broken heart is an open heart.”
“I am very glad to have had the opportunity to join in this journey. Still yet, almost a year later, the trip is on my mind every day. I have a new perspective on life that I believe I will carry all through my life.” ~ Lee Ann, USA
“This tour will take you emotionally and spiritually beyond your expectations.” ~ Gai, Australia
“Travelling with Lisa and the group felt safe and made the entire experience much richer.” ~ Sarah, Scotland
Deepening Your Practice
Our meditation retreat is a 10 day silent retreat run by the internationally renowned Tushita Meditation Centre. Nestled high up in the forests far away from any hustle and bustle, this welcoming haven is perfect for those who want to get away and explore their true nature. This is a serious retreat that will provide the tools needed to begin or enhance a daily meditation practice and to learn more about Tibetan Buddhism.
McLeod Ganj is also know as “Little Lhasa” as it is filled to the brim with Tibetan lamas, monks and nuns meditating for the benefit of all sentient beings in the many monasteries, nunneries and secluded retreats scattered around the hilltops. The vibration of this sacred place is so high that it provides the perfect setting to embark on a special journey of meditation and spiritual growth.
**Do take a moment to watch Lisa talk about the trip in her video below!
Want to Join Us?
If you are ready to challenge yourself and explore the compassion and unconditional love within you – we are delighted to welcome you! Questions? Give us a ring at 727-421-0849 or email us – we can’t wait to hear from you. And do take a moment to watch the video on the right –>!
Pictures of the Tushita Meditation Centre complements of their beautiful website.
**PS: The Green Tara’s Mantra is Om Tare Tuttare Ture Svaha