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University of Colorado at Boulder

Publication Date

Fall 2007

Program Name

China: Yunnan Province – Language and Cultures

Abstract

In the first section of this paper I will give a brief introduction to Tibetan Buddhism, sacred geography, and pilgrimage. First, I will discuss some of the basic precepts of Tibetan Buddhism, and how it differs from other branches of Buddhism in belief and practice. I then will address the role of sacred geography in this belief system and in the lives of the Tibetan people. Finally I will talk about the connection between the people and their sacred places expressed in the form of pilgrimage. In the second section of this paper I will recount my personal experience of my spiritual journey to Kawagebo. From the spiritual preparation to the circumambulation, I will relay my observations and experiences on the path.

Disciplines

History of Religions of Eastern Origins

 

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