The Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Stupa Pilgrimage will take modern-day Buddhist pilgrims to five stupas and two temples in the Colorado from Aug. 27 to Sept. 1, 2015
Stupas are Buddhist monuments containing relics, mantras, and blessed substances. They act as a focal point for relating to the sacred in the external world, and symbolize the activity and blessing of the Buddhas in our everyday environment. As such, they are ideal places for pilgrimage – a sacred journey into one’s spiritual life.
During our pilgrimage, we will make offerings, recite aspiration prayers, and circumambulate the stupas, praying for all sentient beings to enjoy happiness, safety, security, and spiritual awakening. We also will learn about stupas and their sacred architecture, and meet Buddhist teachers and receive teachings along the way.
Do you have an interest in accompanying us on the trip, but cannot attend? Do you wish to support the pilgrimage, and create virtue and merit for yourself and all sentient beings?
We have devised a way to take you along – on a “Virtual Pilgrimage” of the Northeast Stupas.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN THE VIRTUAL PILGRIMAGE
It is common for pilgrims to stand before a consecrated stupa and make aspirations. Pilgrims may wish to let go of a negative habit, or accomplish a particular goal. They also may have spiritual aspirations – such as going on a long retreat, or studying a particular facet of dharma, or benefitting others in specific ways. It’s said that making aspirations in front of a stupa is as powerful as making them in front of the Buddha himself.
So, our “virtual pilgrimage” will focus on aspirations.
Dharma Friends who wish to participate in the “virtual pilgrimage” can send a photograph of themselves or a loved one, along with an aspiration, via email to the Stupa Pilgrimage organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will print out the photos and aspirations, put them in a binder, and take them along with us on our pilgrimage. At each stupa, we will circumambulate the stupas, carrying your photo and aspiration, and pray for you and your loved ones’ accomplishment of your aspirations.
Photos and aspirations also can be sent via postal mail. You can send them to:
KTD Stupa Pilgrimage
ATTN: Virtual Pilgrimage
335 Meads Mountain Road
Woodstock, NY 12498
Deadline for receiving Aspirations is Saturday, August 15, 2015.
ANOTHER LEVEL OF PARTICIPATION: PILGRIMAGE SPONSORSHIP
Persons who wish to help sponsor the pilgrimage – to help us defray costs for the pilgrimage – may include donations with their photos and aspirations.
There are two levels of Sponsorship: Friend, and Supporter
Friends donate $1 to $24. In appreciation for their donation, Friends will receive a photo of the Karma Thegsum Tashi Gomang Stupa in Crestone, CO, for their altar.
Supporters donate $25 and above. In appreciation for their donation, Supporters will receive both the stupa photo and two Buddhist protection cords blessed by the ALL stupas we will visit. These cords can be worn around the neck or wrist, or placed in your home or your car, and provide a spiritual protection and support.
Checks can be made out to KTD, and sent (along with photos and aspirations) to the address above. Be sure to write “Stupa Pilgrimage Sponsorship” in the memo line of the check
Each donation will be acknowledged around Sept. 15, 2015.
Many thanks to all for considering this Virtual Pilgrimage; it is said that when you rejoice in the merit of others, you yourself reap the same merit. May all beings have the joy of being in the presence of the awakened ones!!!
Sincerely yours in Dharma,
for KTD Stupa Pilgrimage