In Vajrayana Buddhism, pilgrimage encompasses both a personal and a transpersonal dimension. It is an integral part of the path to enlightenment as well as a skillful means of spiritually benefiting the world and all beings. Guru Rinpoche himself was pilgrim. He meditated in places of geomantic power, natural and man-made. With Yeshe Tsogyal, he traveled to all the Himalayan sacred sites, concealing his spiritual treasures for the future benefit of others. Later on, the greatest Tibetan masters were also pilgrims, often undertaking several long and arduous pilgrimages during their lifetimes and writing guides to pilgrimage sites. And last but not least, the Tibetan people themselves, despite unfavourable circumstances, have continued to carry out their pilgrimage practices to this day.
Jnanasukha and Trans Himalaya, the first to offer pilgrimages dedicated to the sacred sites of Khandro Yeshe Tsogyal in Tibet, have organized two private itineraries for 2010.
Khandro Yeshe Tsogyal, Victorious Ocean of Wisdom, is the founding mother of Tibetan Buddhism and the foremost female master of Tibet. A fully enlightened buddha as well as an important historical figure of 8th century Tibet, translations of her biography are currently available in English under the titles Mother of Knowledge and Lady of the Lotus Born.
The pilgrimage destinations of Yeshe Tsogyal's life story are intimately connected with the renowned spiritual hermitages of the Tibetan heartlands — from her birthplace at Tsogyal Latso in Drakyul, to the sanctuaries of Yemalung, Chimphu, and Zhoto Tidro where she perfected her practices; to the Crystal Cave of Yarlung Sheldrak, one of her foremost repositories of hidden teachings (terma), and finally to the remote hermitage of Zabbulung in Western Tibet where she attained the supreme transformation of the rainbow body.
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