Tibet trip with my mother to meditation caves 3 days

Tibet trip with my mother to meditation caves 3 days

Hey there! I just had a great three-day trip to Tibet with my mother. It all started with a call from my sister asking if we wanted to visit Woka Choelong Valley. Of course, I jumped at the chance to travel again.

1. Tibet Trip with my mother.

We started the family tour on the morning of 2019, September 1st, from Lhasa. We traveled by the Linlha highway until we reached Rutok town. From Rutok, we turn south into the Valley of Woka near the Woka Choelong monastery.

On the way, we visited a small Nyingma school monastery, namely Trintso. Near the monastery, there is a small lake, namely Trintso Lake.  After traveling for a few more hours, we arrived at the Zingqi monastery. The main shrine of the monastery is the statue of the future Buddha Matriaye.  From Zingqi town, it is only around 20km to the Woka Valley.

2. Woka Choelong Monastery.

On a previous occasion, I visited Woka Choelong with my mother and encountered a female Yogini Dharma practitioner. This time, as we approached the monastery, a kind-hearted monk shared all the beautiful details about the place with us. My mother and I were incredibly excited about the highlight of the tour—a hike to the meditation caves of the amazing Great Je Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelug School of Buddhism in Tibet.

Tibet Trip with Mother to Je Tsongkhapa meditation cave near Woka Choelong monastery

Photo: Woka Choelong Monastery.

3. Hike to the meditation cave of Je Tsongkhapa.

We were really excited to check out the two fantastic meditation caves of the Je Tsongkhapa during our trip!

  1. The precious place where Je Tsongkhapa shares the teachings on Praise of Dependent Arising.  
  2. The precious water of Manjushri Buddha makes the sound of the mantra Na Didi. (Mantra of Manjushri Buddha)
  3. The monastery is at an altitude of 5000 meters. 
  4. Meditation cave of great Je Tsongkhapa.

From Woka Choelong monastery, we must travel by a high pass at nearly 5000 meters into the Valley of Nomads. After a few minutes from the pass, we parked the car and hiked to the great Je Tsongkhapa meditation cave. The hiking duration is around one and a half hours one way at an elevation of nearly 5000 meters. 

Photo: Hiking route.

It was raining, and we hiked slowly towards the meditation cave. The area is covered by green nature. Locals say that some of the wild bears' homes are situated on the way, so it is essential to have a local Guide to show the route since the meditation cave is hard to find.

4. My mother's pure dedication.

Locals have said that my mother, who is seventy-one, is one of the healthiest Amala they have seen. When I asked to hold her hand, she declined, stating that she wanted to walk by herself. Her happy smile shows how much she enjoys visiting this special place. Despite being the oldest member of the team, she was still quick.

5. The great Praise of dependent Arising.

After realizing his emptiness, Je Tsongkhapa was so happy that he wanted to praise the Buddha Shakyamuni with a Praise of Dependent Arising.

He was ecstatic to share that Buddha Shakyamuni Siddhartha Gautama was the one and only teacher who imparted the teachings on Dependent Arising. He expresses his great gratitude towards Buddha for bringing this valuable gift to the world.

Photo: Footprint of Je Tsongkhapa.

6. The holy water of Manjushri.

By listening to the sound of the water, we were able to consume the valuable wisdom of Manjushri Buddha. My mother claimed that the sound of the water was actually the mantra of Manjushri Buddha, and her clear perception allowed her to hear it as such. Unfortunately, I did not have the same level of merit as my mother and found it difficult to understand.

7. A stunning place to retreat to.

Our team is the first to enter the Great Je Tsongkhapa meditation cave, as it only accommodates 2 or 3 people at a time. This cave is among the most exquisite meditation caves I have ever seen. It appears to be of divine origin rather than human-made. I believe a deity or demon in the area must have gifted it to Je Tsongkhapa as a sign of their respect and reverence for the great Buddha-like figure's presence.

Upon spending a while in close proximity to the meditation cave, I, at last, detected the delightful aroma of incense emanating from the entrance to the cave.

Photo: Gate of the meditation cave.

8. The second meditation cave.

Pictures were taken, and a visit to another meditation spot where the renowned Je Tsongkhapa meditated on Diety Yamantaka (Manjushri Buddha in a fierce form), one of the most influential Tantra Deities, was scheduled. However, due to excessive hiking and rainfall, the trip was postponed to the future. Diety Yamantaka has a deep connection with the great Yogi Ra Lotsawa.

9. Traveling to Sangri and Tsetang.

We decided to take a different route from the parking area to Sangri town, near Tsetang, which offered breathtaking views of waterfalls. Upon our arrival at Sangri town, we visited the impressive Jetsun Machik Lapdron monastery, which is dedicated to a female Yogi. Our journey continued as we made our way to the Samye monastery and the Chimpuk meditation caves, where we spent the night at Samye. The following day, we retraced our steps back to Lhasa using the Tsetang Lhasa highway.

10. My Trip to Dhakla Gampo Monastery.

Jetsun Gampopa undertook the construction of Dhakla monastery, also referred to as Dhakpo Lhaji, who was the primary student of Milarepa.

The main relic of the Dhakpo Monastery is a statue resembling Je Gampopa.

The monastery is located in the center of the mountain, facing towards the southwest. To reach the monastery from the main road, one must travel on a dusty and winding road for approximately 30km until reaching the entrance gate. Upon arrival at the monastery, I inquired with a monk about the primary relics held within.

11. Je Gampopa Meditation Cave.

During the hike to the meditation cave, I was greeted with a beautiful view. The monk informed me about a statue resembling Je Gampopa located in the main chapel, as well as additional relics such as a meditation cave and the Golden Tomb of Jetsun Gampopa, situated even higher up the mountain towards the upper summit. After hiking for nearly an hour, I arrived at the meditation cave. The area is primarily designated for meditation, and a few individuals meditate for three years, three months, and three days above the monastery near the summit of the mountain.

Tibet Travelers Manager Tenzin Dhondup and mother

Photo: Mother and me during the Tibetan New Year Gathering.

12. Conclusion

The conclusion of the three-day trek was beautiful. Should I have the opportunity to repeat it, I will strive to document it thoroughly. For additional information on Je Tsongkhapa, please refer to our article. Currently, our 9-day nature tour is an excellent option for those interested in hiking excursions. On our Instagram, we display breathtaking photos of our travels in Tibet.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this article! If you have any suggestions on how I can make it even better, please feel free to leave a comment. Your input is greatly appreciated!

Written By :Tenzin

Jan 06, 2023


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