Pilgrimage Itinerary

Our retreat dates are March 21 – 25, 2017 from our meeting point in Borobudur, Indonesia. We will visit the Stupa daily for practice, and there will be meditations, teachings, and discussion sessions at the Manohara Hotel.

A typical retreat day starts early with meditation, followed by breakfast. Then there will be retreat sessions along with trips to the stupa. The sessions will include meditations, teachings, and Q&As with Geshe Tenzin Zopa at the hotel in our own private air-conditioned meeting room, with tea and snacks available.

Often a group in retreat will opt to maintain silence for all or part of the time (for example before breakfast and after dinner) as this adds to the contemplative quality of the experience. Traditionally people sit on the floor, but we will have comfortable chairs if you’d like one. In the afternoon we will have local sightseeing options for those who wish to participate.

DHARMA JOURNEY BOROBUDUR SCHEDULE
Day 1
(March 21, 2017)

Hotel staff will pick you up at the airport and transfer you (one and a half to two hours depending on the time of day) to the Manohara Hotel located at the Borobudur Stupa Complex. As you go outside of the airport, look for a sign with your name on it. If you do not see anyone at the airport, or if there has been a last minute change in your flight details, contact the Manohara Hotel: Phone: +62 293 (788131) or (788680).
12:00 PM: Lunch at the Manohara Hotel.
2:00 PM: CHECK IN.
6:00 PM: Welcome dinner with Geshe Tenzin Zopa (Manohara dining room).
7:00 PM: Evening introductory session.

Day 2
(March 22, 2017)

6:30 AM: Tea.
7:00 AM: Borobudur Stupa Complex for practice, circumambulation.
8:30 AM: Buffet breakfast.
10:00 AM: Retreat session at hotel.
12:00 PM: Lunch.
1:30 PM: Optional sightseeing: Visit Mendut Temple, about 3 miles from the hotel. In the main room there are three 10-ft stone statues: at the center is Buddha Vairocana, to the left is Avalokiteshvara, and to the right is Vajrapani. Mendut, as well as Pawon Temple (which we visit tomorrow), are closely linked spiritually with Borobudur; the three temples are built in a straight line within a few miles of each other. While at Mendut, we'll also visit a local monastery.
3:00 PM: Retreat session at hotel.
4:00 PM: Late afternoon visit to Borobudur Stupa Complex for practice, circumambulation.
6:00 PM: Dinner.
7:00 PM: Evening session at hotel.

Days 3
(March 23, 2017)

6:30 AM: Tea.
7:00 AM: Visit to Borobudur Stupa Complex for practice, circumambulation.
8:30 AM: Buffet breakfast.
10:00 AM: Retreat session at hotel.
12:00 PM: Lunch and break.
1:30 PM: Optional sightseeing: Visit Pawon Temple, 1.5 miles from the hotel. Between Mendut and Borobudur stands Pawon Temple, a jewel of Javanese temple architecture. Most probably, this temple served to purify the mind prior to ascending Borobudur.
3:30 PM: Retreat session at hotel.
4:00 PM: Late afternoon visit to Borobudur Stupa Complex for practice and circumambulation.
6:00 PM: Dinner.
7:00 PM: Evening session at hotel.

Day 4
(March 24, 2017)

4:30 AM: Optional sunrise visit to the stupa for The Eight Mahayana Precepts with Geshe Tenzin Zopa.
7:30 AM: Buffet Breakfast.
9:00 AM: Retreat session at hotel.
12:00 PM: Lunch and break.
2:30 PM: Retreat session at hotel.
3:30 PM: Final visit to Borobudur Stupa Complex for practice and circumambulation.
6:00 PM: Dinner for those who haven’t taken the Eight Mahayana Precepts.
7:00 PM: Closing session and final dedication prayers.

Day 5
(March 25, 2016)
6:00 AM: Buffet breakfast.
Airport transfers.
12:00 PM: CHECK OUT.
Notes: This is meant only as a guide to what our days will be like.
1. B.(Breakfast) L.(Lunch) D.(Dinner) = We will have all three meals at the hotel, which is a 5-minute walk from the Stupa Complex
2. PreTrip Travel: Fly to Yogyakarta, Indonesia. People traveling from the Americas‚ “lose” one day crossing the international date line. If you arrive early, we can arrange a transfer and extra hotel nights on request (not included in retreat package).
3. Changes may be made as we go along and will be announced as well as posted when possible in the hotel reception area. These changes will be based on local conditions, health and hotel availability.
4. Times mentioned are all approximate and rounded off.
5. Contact information is current and subject to change.
6. The format for the phone numbers is country code, city code, then the local number in parentheses. Indonesia’s country code is 62. You will find more information about international calling in our trip notes, provided after registration
 
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