Pilgrimages

On many levels, pilgrimage in the Buddhist tradition is connected to stupas, and the stupa at Milarepa Retreat Center is the origin and destination for all of the Earth Vase Pilgrimages. The Earth Vase Pilgrimage began as an effort to raise awareness about the stupa project...

Before looking at the Mahāyāna and Vajrayāna aspects of the stupa (and their forms of pilgrimage), it is worth considering how mythological cultural patterns are echoed in the design of stupa, bringing together two polarized aspects: tree of life and the reliquary.  The tree of...

Based on the understanding of inseparable wisdom and compassion, pilgrimage is mapped through one’s altruistic intentions.  A pilgrimage place can be created anywhere, a stupa or shrine can be erected in any location that is remembered as the axis mundi, the ever-present center that is...

From the standpoint of the Vajrayāna, the stupa combines a view of correspondence between the inner and outer elements, the inner subtle body of the practitioner, the outer flow of the land, the center-periphery model of maṇḍala, the efficacy of mantra, and the blessing of...

This is one of the core principles of pilgrimage in the Vajrayāna context, the microcosm of the human body is reflected in and reflects the macrocosm.  Through the purification of one’s own constituents, the inherent purity of the natural environment is revealed.  As yogis and...

The perpetual exile of wanderers is always between the projected reminiscence of home and the reflected appearances of a foreign land.  Bittersweet reminiscence remains forever divided between the idealized past and the uncertain hopes and fears of the future.  This fractured perspective projects its ideals,...