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Hero’s Pilgrimage to Buddhist India

Welcome to the archive of our exquisite, once-in-a-lifetime Hero’s Pilgrimage to the sacred sites and power spots of Buddhist India. The tour was inspired and named after a combination of the Buddhist archetypal figure of the Bodhisattva or Altruistic Hero who strives for enlightenment in order to benefit all beings, and Joseph Campbell’s monomyth Hero’s Journey with its narrative arch of leaving home, slaying demons, finding treasure and returning with elixir for others. The journey was comprised of graduates of Nalanda Institute’s Four Year Program in Sustainable Happiness, along with group leader, Buddhist psychotherapist Dr. Miles Neale and two special guests, the young, dynamic Tibetan master Geshe Tenzin Zopa and the seasoned Tantraloka and Sanskrit scholar Dr. Mark Dyczkowski.

Our destinations included Varanasi on the banks of the Ganges, the oldest continually inhabited city in the world, Sarnath where the Buddha gave his first teaching on the Four Noble Truths, Bodhgaya where the Buddha gained enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree, the Mahakala Caves where former-prince-turned-acetic Siddhartha realized the middle-way, and Vulture Peak in Rajgir where the Buddha first taught emptiness and non-dualism.

The major highlights of our pilgrimage included Dr. Mark-ji’s lecture on the History of Indian Thought at his home on Narad Ghat on the banks of the sacred Ganges in Varanasi, which was followed by his impassioned sitar recital. While in Varanasi and Bodhgaya Dr. Miles gave foundational lectures on the Gradual Path (Lam Rim), explanations on Buddhist refuge and Bodhisattva conduct as well lead morning prayers and guided visualizations.

At the Root Institute for Wisdom Culture in Bodhgaya Geshe Tenzin Zopa offered pilgrims the Refuge and Bodhisattva Vows in an unforgettable ceremony accompanied by three days of teachings on the Three Principal Paths of renunciation, compassion and correct view of emptiness. At Vulture Peak Geshe Tenzin Zopa gave oral transmissions of four sacred texts: the Heart Sutra, Confession of Downfalls to the 35 Buddhas, Three Principal Paths, and the King of Prayers.

We hope that providing access to these remarkable teachings you taste the inspiration and joy that we all experienced on our Hero’s Pilgrimage, and in turn they inspire you to live as a Bodhisattva for the benefit of others.

Check out the Photo Album from our Hero’s Pilgrimage here

Download the Buddhist Texts associated with our Hero’s Pilgrimage here

Download the Index for all the following Audio Files of our Hero’s Pilgrimage here

Day 1 - Varanasi. Foundation of All Good Qualities with Dr. Miles Neale

Saturday, October 08, 2016
Opening Prayers Download Part 1 Download Part 2

Day 2 morning - Varanasi. The Meaning of Taking Refuge in the Three Jewels with Dr. Miles Neale

Sunday, October 09, 2016
Opening Prayers Download Part 1 Download Part 2

Day 2 evening - Varanasi. Historical Survey of Pre-Buddhist Indian Thought with Dr. Mark Dyczkowski

Sunday, October 09, 2016
Opening Chant Download Part 1 Download Part 2


Dr. Mark-ji's Sitar Recital

Day 3 - Sarnath. Four Noble Truths with Dr. Miles Neale

Monday, October 10, 2016
Opening Prayers Download Part 1 Download Part 2

Day 4 - Busride to Bodhgaya. Refuge and Bodhisattva Vows with Dr. Miles Neale

Tuesday, October 11, 2016
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Day 5 morning - Root Institute, Bodhgaya. Prostrations and Refuge with Geshe Tenzin Zopa.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
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Day 5 afternoon. Refuge Continued and Ceremony with Geshe Tenzin Zopa. (Some low quality sound)

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
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Day 6 morning - Root Institute, Bodhgaya. Renunciation and Bodhicitta with Geshe Tenzin Zopa

Thursday, October 13, 2016
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Day 6 mid morning - Root Institute, Bodhgaya. Renunciation and Bodhicitta Continued with Geshe Tenzin Zopa

Thursday, October 13, 2016
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Day 6 afternoon - Root Institute, Bodhgaya. Bodhisattva Vows and Q&A with Geshe Tenzin Zopa

Thursday, October 13, 2016
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Day 7 morning - Root Institute, Bodhgaya. Bodhichitta, Emptiness, 37 Practices of the Bodhisattva with Geshe Tenzin Zopa

Friday, October 14, 2016
Vajrasattva with Miles Download Part 1 Download Part 2

Day 7 afternoon - Root Institute, Bodhgaya. Bodhisattva Conduct, Karma, 37 Practices of the Bodhisattva with Geshe Tenzin Zopa

Friday, October 14, 2016
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Day 8 morning - Root Institute, Bodhgaya. Morning Meditation with Dr. Miles Neale

Saturday, October 15, 2016
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Day 9 morning - Root Institute, Bodhgaya. Group Process + Q&A with Dr. Miles Neale (Private)

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Day 10 - Root Institute and Shivite Temple, Bodhgaya. Morning Tantric Visualization and Vajrasattva Purification with Dr. Miles Neale

Monday, October 17, 2016
Download Visualization Download Vajrasattva Purification

Day 11 - Root Institute and Mahakala Caves, Bodhgaya. Morning Inner Fire Practice and Prayers at Caves

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Download Inner Fire Download Mahakala Prayers

Day 12 - Vulture Peak, Rajgir. Oral Transmissions Part 1 by Geshe Tenzin Zopa

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Purification Heart Sutra 35 Buddhas

Day 12 - Vulture Peak, Rajgir. Oral Transmissions Part 2 by Geshe Tenzin Zopa

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Three Principal Paths King of Prayers

Day 13 - Mahabodhi Temple, Bodhgaya. Final Teaching at the Mahabodhi with Dr. Miles Neale

Thursday, October 20, 2016
Lam Rim Review Prayers Three Principal Paths

Day 14 - Root Institute, Bodhgaya. Final Dinner, Group Reflections & Acknowledgments

Friday, October 21, 2016
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Hero's Pilgrimage Extras - Heart Sutra at Children's Orphanage, Om Mani Padme Hum Mantra at Hospital

Saturday, October 15, 2016
Heart Sutra Chant Mani Mantra

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