Join the Pilgrimage

cruz_santiago_1Although it is certainly not an exclusively Buddhist concept, following the Noble Path is the dominant metaphor for spiritual cultivation in the Buddha Dharma. It is not surprising, then, that pilgrimage has been an important practice among Buddhists for over two millennia.

While Lumbini, Bodh Gaya, Sarnath, Kushinara, Sravasti, Rajgir, Sankassa, and Vaishali ―the places in which the Buddha lived and preached― are the most ancient pilgrimage destinations for Buddhists, there are many others in Afghanistan, Cambodia, China, Tibet, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam.

A pilgrimage site is not intrinsically ‘holy’. It is made sacred by the pure intention of those who undertake the practice. HH the XIV Dalai Lama has said: “The faithful set out in hopes of finding virtue and accumulating merit. […] Along the road, they undertake hardship with no thought of material reward. Their every step, every movement, becomes filled with a sense of spiritual progress.”

With the intention of honoring the millions of brothers and sisters who have walked to Santiago de Compostela, the foremost Christian pilgrimage destination since the eighth century, I will be undertaking a pilgrimage-retreat on the Camino de Santiago during the month of May. Along the Way, I will meditate, recite OM MANI PEME HUM, and offer prayers that all beings, human and non-human, be safe and happy, and that the union of wisdom and compassion manifest in our hearts.

10849968_856166584423219_2899929515059898443_nI will dedicate this pilgrimage most specifically to the success of the efforts of hundreds of thousands of Galicians who labor untiringly for the abolition of bullfighting, under the maxim “Galiza, mellor sen touradas. (Galicia, better without bullfighting.). A tortura no é arte nen cultura. (Torture is neither art nor culture.)”

I invite you to join me in this pilgrimage, wherever you may be. Please consider walking every day in May around your neighborhood, or just sit quietly, reciting at least one mala (108 repetitions) of OM MANI PEME HUM, and dedicating the merit to the abolition of the cruel ‘sport’ of bullfighting. If you are so inclined, please consider contributing here: Thank you!

May all be free from suffering and the causes of suffering!

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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5 Responses to Join the Pilgrimage

  1. Dharma fool says:

    May all be free from suffering and the causes of suffering
    May all embrace happiness and the causes of happiness.
    “A tortura no é arte nen cultura.”
    om mani peme hum (x 108)

    Safe travels, Tashi.


  2. Pieter Navis says:

    May the Buddha of compassion guide all beings towards enlightenment.
    I wish you an inspiring and peace bringing pilgrimage and i will join you here in the Netherlands

    Om mani padme hum!

  3. Alta Major says:

    Dear Tashi Nyima, I receive your post every weeks for several years and I will “follow” by the mind and the heart your pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. I am living in France and many of my friends went to this pilgrimage (some of them alone) from different towns in France to Santiago and back home…. a hard way ! I am a bit too old (70) and not in good health to do so !From where do you begin your pilgrimage ? If I could I would like to come to meet you at begining and recite the malas together with you and Dharma friends, for the good health of all sentents beeings.I have been very lucky in my life : my wife and me could go to Tibet (by car from Nepal) in 2007 ; and the Lama who is my Master here in France told me special teachings that made this travel a pilgrimage… So I could make prosternations in Lhasa in front of Jokhang temple and Potala with tibetan people… I wish you a wonderful pilgrimage in Santiago de Compostela. I will be on your side by mind and heart.THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TEACHINGS. OM MANI PEME HUNG (from Patrick Furt-Guenin, France / )  

    • Tashi Nyima says:

      Dear Patrick

      om svasti

      Thank you for your kind words and good wishes.

      I will be following the Portuguese Way, up from Portugal through Western Galicia to Santiago –far from the French border. However, when we recite mantra, we cannot be separated in time or space, no matter where we are.

      Tashi Nyima

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