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Myanmar: The Three Gems of the Golden Earth
Experience the living and historical culture of Buddhism in Yangon, Inle, Mandalay, Bagan and HeHo
January 3 to January 15, 2017 (13 days, beginning and ending in Yangon/Rangoon)
Led by Stephen Batchelor and Shantum Seth

This journey begins and ends in Yangon / Rangoon in Myanmar.

We will eperience the living and historical culture of Buddhism in Yangon, Inle, Mandalay, Bagan and HeHo (13 days, beginning and ending in Yangon/Rangoon) January 3 to January 15, 2017.



Stephen Batchelor was ordained as a Buddhist monk in the Tibetan tradition and later traveled to Korea where he practiced as a Zen monk. In 1985, he disrobed and taught at the Sharpham Community and Gaia House in England. Stephen has synthesized a distinctively western teaching style, drawing from multiple Buddhist traditions. His books include: The Awakening of the West: The Encounter of Buddhism and Western Culture, Buddhism Without Beliefs: A Contemporary Guide to Awakening, Verses from the Center: A Buddhist Vision of the Sublime, Living with the Devil: A Meditation on Good and Evil and Confession of a Buddhist Atheist.


Shantum Seth is an ordained teacher in the Zen Buddhist lineage (of the Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh) and has been leading pilgrimages ' In the Footsteps of the Buddha' and other transformative journeys since 1988. He has co-authored books such as Walking with the Buddha, has been a consultant for films like BBC-Discovery’s Life of the Buddha and BBC-PBS’s The Story of India. He is an Advisor to the World Bank and the Government of India to help promote Buddhist journeys and social development efforts.


3rd January to 15th January 2017 (13 days)
Price: US$ 6480 (US$ 1990 single room supplement)

Day 01: 3rd January 2017: Arrival in Yangon / Rangoon

Day 02: 4th January 2017: Yangon

Day 03: 5th January 2017: Yangon - Inle

Day 04: 6th January 2017: Inle Lake - Excursion Indein

Day 05: 7th January 2017: Inle-Mandalay by morning flight

Day 06: 8th January 2017: Mandalay

Day 07: 9th January 2017: Mandalay - Bagan by boat on the Irrawaddy river

Day 08: 10th January 2017: Bagan Tour

Day 09: 11th January 2017: Bagan Retreat

Day 10: 12th January 2017: Bagan Retreat

Day 11: 13th January 2017: Bagan-Yangon by morning flight. Drive to Golden Rock

Day 12: 14th January 2017: Golden Rock-Yangon

Day 13: 15th January 2017: Yangon. Departure


*We have an option for a visit to Thailand after the Myanmar pilgrimage. Please let us know if you are interested in this option.

"Shantum's love of Buddha-dharma and in-depth historical understanding was a constant source of enrichment. For me the value of an 'outer' pilgrimage is the ability to nourish the 'inner' pilgrimage - travelling with Shantum did just that."

-Dr. Larry Rosenberg, Guide and Teacher, Cambridge Insight Meditation Centre, USA

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