Category Archives: Pilgrimages

Bhutan Pilgrimage—Day 5

Sunday, March 27 | Bhumthang In the 8th century Guru Rinpoche was invited by the king of Bhumthang to cure his illness which was found to be caused by local demons. Guru Rinpoche traveled to Bhumthang, entered a cave and meditated for there for three months, subduing the local demons and leaving his body imprint […]

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Bhutan Pilgrimage—Day 8

Wednesday, March 30 | Thimphu to Paro In the morning, before departing for Paro, a small group set off to visit the King Jigme Dorje Wangchuk Memorial Chorten, where the shrine was dedicated to Vajrakilaya, and joined local people in circumambulating the chorten. After a visit to a textile centre and an art gallery, the […]

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Bhutan Pilgrimage—Day 9

Thursday, March 31 | Pilgrimage to Drak Karpo On this day, the group visited Drak Karpo (Split Rock), a site located above a system of caves. Inside the Yutok Temple is the actual cave where Guru Rinpoche did his retreat. Outside the group circumambulated a huge stone which it is said that Guru Rinpoche removed […]

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Bhutan Pilgrimage—Day 10

Friday, April 1 | Paro Taktsang (The Tiger’s Nest) The group members made an early departure for trail-head of Paro Taktsang. Rinpoche wasted no time beginning the steep climb through a pine forest with the group members scrambling behind. A few chose to ride pack mules which would take them half-way to the sacred cluster […]

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Bhutan Pilgrimage—Day 11

Saturday, April 2 | Ganachakra of Rigdzin Thugthig The group gathered at Zangthopelri Lhakhang to offer a Ganachakra of the Rigdzin Thugthig sadhana led by Mindrolling Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche and Umdze Tulku Ngawang Jigdral Kunga. After the practice ended, the Mindrolling Family and the entire group were invited to offer khatags to Garab Rinpoche who […]

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Bhutan Pilgrimage—Day 12

Sunday, April 3 | Chimphu / Paro Chumphung Nye Vajrayogini Temple Group-It was just getting light when the group arrived at Paro Chimphu, the Vajra Varahi sacred site to undertake the most strenuous hike of the pilgrimage. Along the trail there were many wondrous signs such as hand-prints and footprints in the rock left by […]

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