Event : Phowa with Ayang Rinpoche
Date : January 14 - 23 2012
Venue : Bodhgaya, Bihar State, India
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The 18th Annual Phowa course in Bodhgaya will be held from January 14-23, 2012.Rinpoche strongly advises everyone to make advance bookings for flights and accommodation due to the large number of people expected in Bodhgaya at this time. The Phowa Course dates follow immediately after the Kalachakra initiation with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, so Bodhgaya will be unusually full of pilgrims in January.
Registration for the Phowa Course in Bodhgaya is not necessary —
the teachings are free. If you wish, you can make personal offerings
for the course and to the teacher. Texts and practice CDs will be
available to purchase for a nominal fee. Bread and tea are served
mid-morning and mid-afternoon at the teachings free of charge.
Water and other snacks are available for sale in the teaching area. A
variety of inexpensive meditation cushions and mats are available for purchase at stalls in town. The course is located behind the main stupa complex. Ask at your hotel or look for signs posted around the Mahabodhi stupa.The 2012 Bodhgaya Phowa schedule is to be announed at a future date .
The nearest airport is Gaya International Airport, which is about 7 km from Bodhgaya.Thai Airways, Sri Lankan, Royal Bhutan Airlines and Air India have direct or connecting flights to Gaya from different cities. If you fly to Gaya you will need to make advance arrangements for a taxi to Bodhgaya, which will cost 400 Rs. A three-wheeler taxi from the airport is approximately 150 Rs. The nearest Railway connection is Gaya Railway Station which is about 15 km to Bodhgaya. It is connected by local and express trains (Rajdhani) from Delhi, Kolkata and other major train stations in India. A three-wheeler taxi from the train station to Bodhgaya costs 70-100 Rs, while a car costs 250-300 Rs. When traveling in India it is a good idea to lock your luggage and keep an eye on it.
Hotels and Restaurants
There are many clean and safe budget guest houses, mid-range hotels and luxury hotels in Bodhgaya, but they fill up quickly in December and January. There are also plenty of inexpensive restaurants with a variety of Asian and Western food. Boiled water and tea are safe to drink, but be sure to check that bottled water is well sealed and the bottles are not dented. A small travel electric water boiler (with adapter for Asian outlets and converter for 220V) would be helpful for making tea or coffee in your hotel room.
There is an ATM at the State Bank of India and money changers at the larger hotels.You can also change money at the airport or ATMs in Delhi. Be prudent about keeping your travel documents and money in a safe pocket, fanny pack or travel pouch.