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The sacred valley of Helambu: an adventurous pilgrimage in the reading week of 2017 fall semester.

(Photo credit: Tree:  Emily Polar)              In the middle of each semester at RYI there is a week long break called “reading week.´´ Although some do use this time to focus on studying and reading, which is wonderful,  it is also known amongst certain students as the retreat or trekking week.             Not knowing whether […]

Milarepa cave Pilgrimage Sankhu Vajrayogini

Pilgrimage trip to Sankhu

This year (2017), on September, RYI Students along with the Staffs went to Sankhu for pilgrimage trip. It was an amazing experience for all of us. Sankhu is an ancient Newar town located in the North-Eastern corner of Kathmandu valley.Sankhu was once an important stop on the old trade route from Kathmandu to Lhasa (Tibet), but this historic […]

Namo Buddha Pilgrimage

Namo Buddha

Namo Buddha, one of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sides in Nepal, was blessed by the Buddha out of his limitless compassion and generosity for sentient beings.   Since then the place has become a sanctuary for pilgrims. It is the greatest source of direct blessing from the Buddha, and the ‘classroom’ where still anyone can […]

holy sites Kapilavastu Lumbini Pilgrimage Sakya Siddhartha


One of the best things of studying in Nepal is definitively the amount of holy sites which can be visited. As I had visitors coming to Nepal this summer, it was a great chance to visit again many of these sites, such as Swayambunath, Namo Buddha or Pharping. We also went to Lumbini, where I […]

Lumbini Pilgrimage

The Birthplace Of Buddhism

During last our reading week a group of RYI students went to Lumbini (in present-day Nepal), the birthplace of the lord Buddha Shakyamuni (563 BCE to 483 BCE) on pilgrimage by bus. It was 232 km from Kathmandu city, but the road there was very good quality. We left at 7:30 am from Kathmandu city […]

Bodhgaya Pilgrimage

Pilgrimage to Bodhgaya

The Buddha himself mentioned in a sutra that a pilgrim who comes and pays respect to the four sublime places will not be reborn in the lower realms.  During this year’s fall reading week, Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche lead a pilgrimage to Bodhgaya as he has for the last twenty-seven years. This time, he also decided […]