Special event held once every few years.
Join us for a unique inner journey as we explore the Twelve Deeds of the Buddha’s life by enacting a traditional pilgrimage, with prayers, offerings and short readings from the sutras. Discover the stories, pictures and events from the time of the Buddha, and share inspiration from LTC student’s actual travels. This is a wonderful occasion to enjoy the company of fellow students whilst completing this inspiring Buddhist activity.
Pilgrimage is an essential practice in Buddhism, but many of us do not have the opportunity to travel. So on Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s advice, we accomplish this with a stress-free, virtual pilgrimage. We set up mini-altars, representing the major holy sites where the Buddha taught, right here in our own gompa!
This activity is also a completion activity of the Discovering Buddhism course, so we encourage you to take this opportunity as we only hold this event every few years.
Whether the pilgrim’s destination is the Potala, Bodhgaya or a Buddhist temple in Carindale, enlightenment is the goal. All the teachings of the Buddha aim to rescue beings from the ocean of suffering, and pilgrimage is a skilful means of bringing people to the feet of the Buddha. It is a way to accumulate merit and cultivate wisdom and awareness. Just seeing holy objects can awaken positive qualities of mind (a bit like divine advertising!).