Myanmar, formally known as Burma, was once the most resplendent center of Buddhist art in the ancient world. For centuries, local architects mastered complex brick vaulting techniques that were unrivalled in Asia with mural painters and stone carvers creating a unique style of Burmese art. In the ancient city of Pagan nearly three thousand brick monuments dot the landscape up and down the banks of the Irrawaddy River. From the 11th to the 13th centuries more than two thousand temples and monuments were created by both kings and commoners in Pagan alone, fueled by the Buddhist aspiration to create positive karma (merit) for future lives.
During this exciting tour of Myanmar, we will explore both ancient and contemporary Buddhist temples, pagodas and Theravada monasteries including the most sacred Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon that is believed to hold the relics of the four previous Buddhas. Each day meditation will be offered in some of Myanmar’s most sacred temples and pagodas. Morning and sunset walking meditation on the beautiful sandy beaches of Ngapali, a small town on the remote western coast, will be part of our daily activities. Having visited many of Asia’s most important Buddhist sites over the last 40 years, I am thrilled to share Myanmar’s wonderful and magical culture with you.