The Pureland Project,

5007 Cedar Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19143 

TEL: 215.488.7772

EMAIL: thepurelandproject@gmail.com

EIN #: 27-4042809

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PLEASE VISIT OUR PURELAND TRAVELS PAGE FOR TOUR INFORMATION

MAY 2019

Sober Service Learning Trip

We are excited to once again host this clean and sober trip for college students interested in an extraordinary experience led by amazing and highly qualified guides on a journey into one of the most fascinating cultures on the earth.. You will be inspired by every aspect of this trip.

 

Dates: May 16, 2019- June 1, 2019

Price: *$2,678 ($900 is a tax deductible donation

About the tour:

The area of Tibet known as Kham is considered the wild west of Tibet, inhabited mostly by nomads, the rugged mountains are not hospitable to any other way of life. Tours to the region are quite rare, yet as roads are built, the area is seeing rapid change.

 

The trips are not only to share the precious wisdom of Tibet and expose people to its sacred spirit, but also to show the Tibetans how valued and respected their culture is by the outside world. Meg voluntarily organizes the tours to raise funds for Garchen Rinpoche’s village school projects which she manages under the Pureland Project.

 

We will begin the tour in chengdu, an amazing city, where we will have conversations with ex-noamds who have relocated to the city. We will then slowly make our way to Nagchen, Kham. We will stop in Yushu to see Tibetan resilience in action and observe how the city is rebuilding from a devastating earthquake in 2009. Our time in Nangchen will be spent primarily in Gargon village with the school communities learning traditional crafts and helping students create exports that will support their schools in the future. Every day will begin with Tibetan lessons, and end with an AA meeting. During the day our adventures will range from hikes into the mountains, to tours through historic monasteries. 

AUGUST 2019

TOUR OF KHAM, AMDO & LHASA

Main destinations:

  • CHENGDU, Sichuan - The capital of Sichuan Province is famous for its relaxed atmosphere. Tea houses, Chinese opera, and shadow puppet shows are the main pass-times here. It is a major tourist crossroads where we can see markets while enjoying the famous spicy Sichuan flavors.

  • JEKUNDO (Yushu), Qinghai - Yushu is the wild west of Kham where traditional nomadic lifestyle lives on. Yushu is an ecological hotspot with many monasteries. The highlight of our time here is the HORSE RACING FESTIVAL: July 25- August 1st. Here you can expect to see most ofYushu’s nomads gathered, thousands of dancers, hundreds of horse races, beautiful garments, jewelry, and a beauty competition! The festival takes place in Yushu, in a huge stadium, recently built after the 2010 quake that leveled the city.

  • REBKONG (Tongren), Qinghai - This is the center of the arts in Amdo, where painting, statue, carpentry, and farming form the foundation of local economy. The region is predominantly populated by farmers and famous for its artisans. Most of the Tibetan farmers here practice Bon as well as Buddhism. Rebkong painters are recognized as the best in all Tibet, Nepal, and India. They are also the most wealthy. The carpenters of the region are to be noted, as they have amazing skills! Here we will observe the SHAMAN FESTIVAL: July 30-August 12. The Shaman Festival takes place in many different villages scattered around Rebkong. The annual festival includes different offerings to each village’s mountain spirits. Some village boys pierce themselves, other shamans may make blood offerings from the scalp, and others dance barefoot for hours around sacred images. The ceremonies are long and fascinating for anthropologists, but perhaps not for a general audience. Sensitivity of the ceremonies is necessary, as most shamans enter trance in front of the villagers and their actions are unpredictable.

  • LABRANG (Xiahe), Gansu - Labrang Monastery is the largest monastery in Amdo. Tourists and pilgrims alike flood this region in the summertime. It is a somewhat sensitive area and does sometimes close without warning. It is the seat of the Panchen Lama. Here we can visit NorLha handicraft company’s workshop, and the nearby grasslands.

  • LHASA, TAR - famous capital of Tibet, Lhasa is changing rapidly. As it enters the global market, the ancient cultural landscape is undergoing rapid transformation. It is a fascinating time to visit this powerful place. Many of the major tourists destinations will be included, but we will also visit some of the handcraft and carpet centers.

  • XINING, Qinghai - Xining, the rapidly developing capital of Qinghai Province, is a melting pot on the historical Silk Road for Tibetan, Hui, Mongolian, and Han people.

  • BEIJING, Beijing- The capital of China, Beijing is full of high end markets that can be explored while enjoying delicious foods and exploring the ancient neighborhoods and historic landmarks.

 

Cost: $3,900

  • Price excludes: 1. Travel Insurance 2. Services not mentioned: optional Chinese Acupuncture or Massage, Tibetan healing etc. 3. Emergency evacuation 4. Tips and Gratuities 5. International flight tickets 6. Chinese Visa 7.Tibet Travel Permit). 8. A $600 donation to the Pureland Project Programs to support Tibetan guides, businesses, and communities. 

Customizable tours are available throughout the year. Please see the Tour Guide below for potential tours.

July 2019

DENTAL MISSION TOUR TO KHAM

Main destinations:

  • CHENGDU, Sichuan - The capital of Sichuan Province is famous for its relaxed atmosphere. Tea houses, Chinese opera, and shadow puppet shows are the main pass-times here. It is a major tourist crossroads where we can see markets while enjoying the famous spicy Sichuan flavors.

  • JEKUNDO (Yushu), Qinghai - Yushu is the wild west of Kham where traditional nomadic lifestyle lives on. Yushu is an ecological hotspot with many monasteries. The highlight of our time here is the HORSE RACING FESTIVAL: July 25- August 1st. Here you can expect to see most ofYushu’s nomads gathered, thousands of dancers, hundreds of horse races, beautiful garments, jewelry, and a beauty competition! The festival takes place in Yushu, in a huge stadium, recently built after the 2010 quake that leveled the city.

  • Gargon Clinic, a week will be spent at 4,200m at GarGon clinic offering dental care to the surrounding communities.

 

We are seeking funding for this mission trip to offer dental care to nomads, monks and nuns who have never seen a dentist. 

GENERAL INFORMATION

NOTE TO PARTICIPANTS:These trips includes extensive time on the road. In order to reach our destination, the group travels over roads that are long, bumpy, and dusty. We may need to cross rivers in jeeps, wait for landslides to clear, push our vehicles out of sticky spots or make detours. The altitude is high, the food choices are limited, and the group camps for several days. There is also rare internet, limited cell phone coverage, limited solar electricity, few showers, and mostly only outhouses. Students have daily language classes and required to read a book and report about Tibet during orientation.  The travel is challenging and rewarding! Stamina, patience, and good teamwork are required.

CULTURAL DOs & DON'Ts:

Do go with an open, nonjudgemental mind, dropping your expectations

Do try to learn the terms demo- how are you? Ka drin Che- thank you Tasha Delek- hello

Do be respectful by covering your body

Do be respectful by taking shoes off inside and not pointing feet at respected person/thing

Do use an inside voice/ not an American one

Do try the food offered unless you have an allergy/ dietary restriction

Do be respectful by not smoking, wearing hats or touching things around the temple

Do ask lots of questions

Do only bring appropriate technology

Do not bring in plastic or litter