Pilgrimage in Ladakh

Circumambulating the Kalachakra Initiation with Dr. Robert Thurman

  • Attend His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Initiation into the Kalachakra Tantra
  • Explore charming villages, bustling bazaars, and monasteries in the Ladakh region
  • Daily meditations and supplemental teachings by Dr. Robert Thurman, professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies
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Trip Type: Scheduled Departure
Trip Length: 11 days
Activity type(s): Cultural Tour, Day Hiking
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On this inspiring journey to the high Himalaya, we attend His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Initiation into the Kalachakra. Performed over ten days, the Kalachakra, which translates to “wheel of time,” is considered one of the greatest blessings attainable in Tibetan Buddhism. This special opportunity is further enriched with talks and meditation sessions led by preeminent Buddhist scholar Dr. Robert Thurman.

We spend mornings receiving the Kalachakra teachings and afternoons taking in the fascinating culture and geography of Ladakh. It is India’s highest, most sparsely populated, and least accessible region, but our visits to Ladakh’s dynamic monasteries and boisterous bazaars prove that it is a place of lively local culture. We explore the treasured sights of the area, including the 16th-century Leh Palace, a nine-story monument rising from the edge of a hill, and Thiksey Gompa monastery, adorned with colorful wall paintings and intricately carved figures. We end our journey with open hearts in India’s thriving capital city of Delhi.

About Robert Thurman:
Dr. Thurman is a professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University, president of Tibet House US, and president of the American Institute of Buddhist Studies. The New York Times has called Dr. Thurman “the leading American expert on Tibetan Buddhism.” Dr. Thurman also translated important Tibetan and Sanskrit philosophical writings and lectures and writes on Buddhism, particularly Tibetan Buddhism.

This special journey to Ladakh with Dr. Thurman was custom crafted for Tibet House.

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Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 1: arrive in Delhi
  • Day 2: fly to Leh, orientation with Dr. Thurman
  • Day 3: attend the Kalachakra
  • Day 4: Kalachakra ritual dance, Sankar Gompa, Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace
  • Day 5: Kalachakra, Thiksey Gompa, Shey Palace
  • Day 6: Kalachakra, Stok Palace, Hemis Gompa
  • Day 7: Kalachakra, Thakthok Gompa, Chemrey Gompa
  • Day 8: Kalachakra
  • Day 9: Kalachakra closing ceremony
  • Day 10: Ladakh village visits
  • Day 11: fly to Delhi, depart.