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The Jewel Ornament of Liberation Conference

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December 6, 2019

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The Jewel Ornament of Liberation is a classic Tibetan Buddhist text written about a millennium ago by Gampopa, the founder of the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism. It is a must read for practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism and meant to be read carefully, studied, researched, examined   and contemplated. As Lord Gampopa has stated, studying this text is the same as meeting him.

 

The Jewel Ornament of Liberation has a total of 21 chapters:

Chapter 1: The motive (Buddha-Nature)

Chapter 2: The working basis (The Precious Human Life)

Chapter 3: Meeting spiritual friends (The Spiritual Master)

Chapter 4: The instruction in the transitoriness of the composite

Chapter 5: The vicious state of samsara

Chapter 6: Karma and its result

Chapter 7: Benevolence and compassion

Chapter 8: Taking refuge (Refuge and Precepts

Chapter 9: Cultivation of Bodhichitta

Chapter 10: The training in an enlightened attitude

Chapter 11: The six perfections

Chapter 12: The Perfection of Generosity

Chapter 13: The Perfection of Moral Ethics

Chapter 14: The perfection of patience

Chapter 15: The Perfection of Perseverance

Chapter 16: The perfection of meditative concentration

Chapter 17: The perfection of awareness (The Perfection of Wisdom Awareness)

Chapter 18: The five paths

Chapter 19: The spiritual levels

Chapter 20: Perfect Buddhahood

Chapter 21: Buddha Activity

 

The Jewel Ornament of Liberation is divided into six parts:

  1. The cause is the Buddha nature
  2. The working basis is the most precious human body
  3. The contributory cause is the spiritual friend
  4. The method consists of the instructions
  5. The result consists of the kayas of perfect Buddhahood
  6. The activity is the spontaneous accomplishment of beings’ benefi

 

Every year The Jewel Ornament of Liberation Conference is held in Bodhgaya where the different chapters of the text are taught to the participants.  

 

In this specially designed package, we, apart from participating in the The Jewel Ornament of Liberation Conference in Bodhgaya, shall visit the awe-inspiring millennia old stupas and monasteries, centuries old temples and monuments full of intense spiritual activities in the most important ancient Buddhist sites in the country.

Departure & Return Location

Delhi Airport (Google Map)

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis as per itinerary
  • All meals as per itinerary
  • 01 Chinese speaking guide as per itinerary
  • Entrance fees of monuments as per itinerary
  • Exclusive A.C vehicle for the group travelling together throughout the tour

Price Excludes

  • Any international flight, visa, airport taxes, insurance fees etc
  • Any Domestic flight, airport taxes, insurance fees. The price is supplementary.
  • Tips to guide/driver/local escorts
  • Any personal expenses likes phone calls, laundry, shopping, meals or snacks on own etc.
  • Anything that is not included in price inclusion.

Note

  • The rooms at the hotel are on base category basis.
  • Twin rooms at the hotel is subject to availability at the time of check-in
  • The prices are subject to change at the time of booking as per the change in exchange rates, government taxes, and supplier rates etc.
Itinerary

DAY 1: DECEMBER 11, 2017ARRIVE DELHI

With over 5,000 years of history encompassing the most wonderful ancient history in the world, few countries boast as much as India for historical sites, peerless treasures, and mystical intrigue.

Arrival at the International airport in Delhi where you will be received by our representative with traditional Namaste and garland. You will be transferred to the pre-booked hotel. Rest of time will be spent in leisure, overnight stay at hotel.

DAY 2: DECEMBER 12, 2017DELHI - VARANASI

Morning drive to Delhi airport to board flight for Varanasi where we will reach at 1020 hrs. After reaching Varanasi you will be transferred to the pre-booked hotel.
In the afternoon we will proceed towards Sarnath, located 10km north of Varanasi, is a Buddhist attraction not to be missed. It was at Sarnath where the Buddha delivered his first sermon after the attainment of enlightenment in Bodh Gaya from where he journeyed to Sarnath to preach his first sermon to those five ascetics who were his disciples but had left him in disgust when they found that the Buddha became convinced that rigorous self mortification is not the way to obtain final bliss.

Dhamekh Stupa and Ashokan Pillar are the main attractions in Sarnath.
In the evening we will proceed towards the Dasaswamedh Ghat, the most famous of the several ghats (steps at the water’s edge) on the banks of Ganges River in Varanasi. It is fascinating to see the aarti (prayer ceremony). An evening stroll through the local market will be a unique experience.

Overnight stay in hotel in Varanasi

DAY 3: DECEMBER 13, 2017VARANASI

Morning drive to Delhi airport to board flight for Varanasi where we will reach at 1020 hrs. After reaching Varanasi you will be transferred to the pre-booked hotel.
In the afternoon we will proceed towards Sarnath, located 10km north of Varanasi, is a Buddhist attraction not to be missed. It was at Sarnath where the Buddha delivered his first sermon after the attainment of enlightenment in Bodh Gaya from where he journeyed to Sarnath to preach his first sermon to those five ascetics who were his disciples but had left him in disgust when they found that the Buddha became convinced that rigorous self mortification is not the way to obtain final bliss.

Dhamekh Stupa and Ashokan Pillar are the main attractions in Sarnath.
In the evening we will proceed towards the Dasaswamedh Ghat, the most famous of the several ghats (steps at the water’s edge) on the banks of Ganges River in Varanasi. It is fascinating to see the aarti (prayer ceremony). An evening stroll through the local market will be a unique experience.

Overnight stay in hotel in Varanasi

DAY 4: DECEMBER 14, 2017VARANASI – BODHGAYA

In the morning you will drive to Bodh Gaya which is 250 km away from Varanasi.

After arriving at Bodh Gaya you will be transferred to the hotel. Later you will visit the Mahabodhi Temple which is one of the oldest shrines in India. The art and architecture of this spiritually important 170 feet UNESCO listed temple has been described in glowing terms by the 7th century Chinese traveler Huien Tsang. In all probability the main tower of the temple was built in the sixth century AD.
The entire complex of the Mahabodhi Temple is dotted with several stupas and monasteries including Thai Temple and the Gelugpa Tibetan Monastery, all of which built in different periods in the last 2500 years ago.

Overnight stay in Bodhgaya

DAY 5: DECEMBER 15, 2017BODHGAYA

Today you will participate in Karmapa Conference on Jewel Ornament of Liberation. The admission and participation in the event is subject to invitation.

Overnight stay in Bodhgaya

DAY 6: DECEMBER 16, 2017BODHGAYA

Today you will again join the participants in the Karmapa Conference on Jewel Ornament of Liberation. The admission and participation in the event is subject to invitation.

Overnight stay in Bodhgaya

DAY 7: DECEMBER 17, 2017BODHGAYA

Today you will participate in Karmapa Conference on Jewel Ornament of Liberation. The admission and participation in the event is subject to invitation.

Overnight stay in Bodhgaya

DAY 8: DECEMBER 18, 2017BODHGAYA

Today is the last day when you will participate in Karmapa Conference on Jewel Ornament of Liberation. The admission and participation is subject to invitation.

Overnight stay in Bodhgaya

DAY 9: DECEMBER 19, 2017BODHGAYA - RAJGIR

After having morning breakfast we will drive to Nalanda which is 85 kms away. Nalanda is known for the ruins of the world famous Buddhist monastery which served as a great centre of learning in the ancient India.

Established in 5th century AD during the Gupta period the University of Nalanda was the Buddhism’s most famous teaching centre which attracted students and pilgrims from far-off countries including China and south-East Asia. The renowned Chinese traveller Hiuen-Tsang who visited India in the 7th century AD and studied at the University describes Nalanda as full of intellectual activity.

After exploring Nalanda University Complex we will proceed to Rajgir which is 15 km from Nalanda. A major centre of Buddhist pilgrimage, Rajgir in Bihar is famous for being deeply associated with the life of the Buddha. It served as the ancient capital of the powerful Magadha Empire and was one of six main cities in ancient India. This can be gauged form Buddha’s disciple Ananda’s regret that his master should have died in either of the cities of Sravasti, Champa, Rajagraha, Saketa, Kausambi and Varanasi not in a small place like Kusinagar.

Overnight stay in Rajgir

DAY 10: DECEMBER 20, 2017RAJGIR

Full-day sightseeing of Rajgir will include Griddhakuta or Vulture’s Peak, Bimbisara’s Jail, Venuvanaram and Saptaparni Cave.

Griddhakuta
The well-known Buddhist site of Griddhakuta Hill is deservedly an attraction in Rajgir not to be missed. During the rainy season the Buddha used to climb up to his mountain retreat atop the Griddhakuta Hill and deliver sermons to his disciples. The brilliant shine of the Shanti Stupa (Peace Pagoda), built on the top of the hill by the Buddha Sangha of Japan in 1965, is a feast for the eyes. Though you can reach the hill by following a bridle path, it would be an experience of a lifetime to use the aerial single-person chairlift. A ride on the chairlift commands a panoramic view of the hills of Rajgir and some Jain temples dotting the landscape.

Bimbisara’s Jail
The spot marks the site where King Bimbisara, the founder of Haryanka Dynasty of Magadha, was imprisoned by his son Ajatashatru who later murdered his father.

Venuvana
One of the famous attractions of Rajgir, Venuvana is the site of the monastery Venuvana Vihar where Gautama Buddha used to reside while he was in Rajgir. Venuvana Vihar was built by Bimbisara for use by Buddha. Bimbisara was the founder of Haryanka Dynasty of Magadha.

Saptaparni Cave
Saptaparni Cave is the place where Buddha used to meditate. It is said to be the venue for the First Buddhist Council, held six months after Buddha’s death. The Saptparni cave is also the source of the various hot water springs the waters of which are known to provide cure for the chronic ailments. The therapeutic baths at these springs have been famous for their medicinal powers for centuries and have continued to have a following among the Buddhists, Hindus and Jains to this day.

Overnight stay in Rajgir

DAY 11: DECEMBER 21, 2017 RAJGIR- VAISHALI

Full-day sightseeing of Rajgir will include Griddhakuta or Vulture’s Peak, Bimbisara’s Jail, Venuvanaram and Saptaparni Cave.

Griddhakuta
The well-known Buddhist site of Griddhakuta Hill is deservedly an attraction in Rajgir not to be missed. During the rainy season the Buddha used to climb up to his mountain retreat atop the Griddhakuta Hill and deliver sermons to his disciples. The brilliant shine of the Shanti Stupa (Peace Pagoda), built on the top of the hill by the Buddha Sangha of Japan in 1965, is a feast for the eyes. Though you can reach the hill by following a bridle path, it would be an experience of a lifetime to use the aerial single-person chairlift. A ride on the chairlift commands a panoramic view of the hills of Rajgir and some Jain temples dotting the landscape.

Bimbisara’s Jail
The spot marks the site where King Bimbisara, the founder of Haryanka Dynasty of Magadha, was imprisoned by his son Ajatashatru who later murdered his father.

Venuvana
One of the famous attractions of Rajgir, Venuvana is the site of the monastery Venuvana Vihar where Gautama Buddha used to reside while he was in Rajgir. Venuvana Vihar was built by Bimbisara for use by Buddha. Bimbisara was the founder of Haryanka Dynasty of Magadha.

Saptaparni Cave
Saptaparni Cave is the place where Buddha used to meditate. It is said to be the venue for the First Buddhist Council, held six months after Buddha’s death. The Saptparni cave is also the source of the various hot water springs the waters of which are known to provide cure for the chronic ailments. The therapeutic baths at these springs have been famous for their medicinal powers for centuries and have continued to have a following among the Buddhists, Hindus and Jains to this day.

Overnight stay in Rajgir

DAY 12: DECEMBER 22, 2017 VAISHALI- KUSHINAGAR

Morning drive from Vaishali to Kushinagar which is located 230 km away and it will take approx 4.5 hour to reach Kushinagar where the Buddha breathed his last, the event known in the Buddhist tradition as paranibbana (Mahaparinirvana).

Half day sightseeing tour of Kushinagar includes visits to Mahaparinirvana Temple, Kushinagar museum, Ramabhar Stupa and Sun Temple.

Mahaparinirvana Temple
The Mahaparinirvana Temple is home to a 6.10 meter long fifth century AD statue of the reclining Buddha. The idol is made of the sandstone of Chunar, about 25 miles south-west of Varanasi. The inscriptions say that relics of the Buddha were deposited here.

Kushinagar Museum
An invaluable introduction to the presence of Buddhism in ancient times Kushinagar museum is a repository of the antiquities retrieved from the excavations in the area. The stucco image of the Buddha belonging to the famed Gandhara school of art is one of the major highlights of the museum.

1.5 km away from Mahaparinirvana Temple, the Ramabhar Stupa marks the exact spot where the Buddha was cremated. Rising to a height of 15 meters, the Stupa, situated in the serene environs, is referred to as ‘Mukut-Bandhan Chaitya’ in ancient Buddhist texts.

Sun Temple: An absolute must see in Kushinagar, the Sun temple belonging to the Gupta period enshrines the black stone statue of the Sun God.

Overnight stay in Kushinagar

DAY 13: DECEMBER 23, 2017KUSHINAGAR- SRAVASTI

You will take a 234 Km morning road drive to Sravasti which will take approximately 5 hours.
A major centre of Buddhist pilgrimage, Sravasti in Uttar Pradesh is known for being the place where the Buddha spent the major portion of his missionary life. In fact he passed as many as 25 rainy seasons of life here.

After arriving at Sravasti we will proceed to explore Sahet, Jetavana monastery, Shobhnath temple and Anathapindika stupa.

Sahet
This archaeological site is the treasure trove of extensive Buddhist remains of various stupas , monasteries and temples. Excavations at the site have brought to light one of the most flourishing centres of Buddhism in India.

Jetavana Vihara
Donated to Buddha by his devotee Anathapindika, Jetavana Monastery in Sravasti is the place where the Buddha spent 19 rainy seasons of his life. Here you will visit Anandabodhi tree, Anandakuti (Annads’s hut) and Gandhakuti (Buddha’s hut).

Shobhnath Temple
Jain devotees from around the world are drawn to Sravasti to visit Shobhnath Temple. After paying a visit to the shrine head towards the Anathapindika Stupa, a sacred site for the Buddhists.

Overnight stay in Sravasti

DAY 14: DECEMBER 24, 2017SRAVASTI - LUCKNOW - DELHI

Be prepared for a morning drive to Lucknow airport which is 180 km away and will take 4 hrs to reach there to board flight for Delhi.

After arriving at Delhi you will pay a visit to Rajghat, where the mortal remains of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the Indian Nation, were cremated on the evening of January 31, 1948. Located on the west bank of the river Yamuna Rajghat has a open platform of black marble inscribed with the Mahatma’s final words, ‘Hey Ram’ (Oh God). It is now a national shrine.

After exploring the above mentioned site we will proceed for dinner followed by transfer to airport to board flight for your onward departure.

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