July 15 – 31, 2011
This Central Tibet tour has many highlights including a visit to the world’s highest monastery at the base camp of Mt. Everest. The view of Everest is absolutely out of this world. When you see it, you will know why the Tibetan’s call it The Mother Goddess of the World. In Lhasa, we will have the opportunity to meet one of the most famous Tangka painters in his studio. Many of these older painters are passing away and it is very rare that you have the opportunity to meet one. We will sit with the monks in Tibet’s most famous temple, the Jokhang, as they chant their evening prayers. Just sitting in this temple — knowing that so many of Tibet’s greatest lamas, saints, and enlightened beings have all been in this temple in former times — is a powerful experience you will never forget. The Jokhang is also a wonderful place to make offerings to the monks and work on creating some good karma. I never miss this opportunity! This year on our free day back in Beijing when we return from Tibet, I will be leading an optional tour to the Lama Temple. This is the most visited Buddhist site in Beijing and is home to a beautiful 55 ft. sandalwood statue of the Future Buddha Maitreya — a great way to end our tour!