Bodhidharma Tour
 
This tour visits the most important sites related to Bodhidharma and his activities when he first arrived from India, the Cave where he sits for 9 years and the temple where he was buried when he passed away at the age of 150. Two days intensive practice with the monks and lay practioners at Bailin Monastery, the dharma seat of Zhaozhou (Joshu in Japanese) will definitely enhance your understanding of the Zen traditions prevailing in China ever since Bodhidharma brought it here.


                                                        Following Dogen's path

This tour is designed to pay respect to Dogen, the pioneer of Japanese Soto Zen tradition, who conquered all hardships and difficulties to come to China and study Zen from his Chinese masters. Tiantong Monastery where his master Rujing taught, Jingci Monastery where Rujing is buried and Jingshan Mountain from where Tea Ceremony was transmitted to Japan. Mt. Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) is the most famous landscape in China and inspired the art school of Yellow Mountain. Besides all these, this tour also visits Mt. Jiuhuashan and Mt. Putuoshan, the sacred mountains for Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara and Jizo.


                               Bodhidharma, Huineng and Hunan School

This tour traces to the very roots of Zen tradition of China. Legend has it that Bodhidharma arrived China from the sea and landed in Guangzhou. He lingered in the south for some time and then headed north and met Emperor Liangwudi in Nanjing. About 200 years later, Huineng, the Sixth Ancestor of Zen, came to Guangzhou as is predicted by Bodhidharma and the well-known flag and wind story came into being right in Guangxiao Temple. This tour will visit Hualin Temple and Guangxiao Temple in Guangzhou, and Nanhua Temple in Shaoguan where Huineng taught. Going further up to the north, the tour visits Nanyue where Nangaku taught; then Shimen where famous teacher Jiashan Shanhui taught. The tour will be wrapped up with the visit to the most visited National Geopark Zhangjiajie whose landscape is copied to make the movie Avatar.


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