Calendar for Fall 2014 Tibetan Studies (subject to change)
Aug 27-early am Aug 28 Arrive New Delhi
Aug 27- Aug 31 Program begins in New Delhi. Orientation activities, visits to places of worship in Delhi, shopping for clothes, etc. Stay in New Delhi YMCA Tourist Hostel
Aug 31 afternoon Shatabdi train to Amritsar (6+ hours), stay in Amritsar
Sept 1 Early start; visit Golden Temple
Sept 2 Vist Wagha/Wagah border early am. Return to hotel and check out; Drive to Dharamsala (5 hour drive)
Sept 3-Oct 18 Live with roommate in Sarah College, attend classes M-F, have classes in Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy, Tibetan Language, Tibetan History & Culture, and Mindfulness, Reflection, Identity.
Oct 15-17 Midterm exams
Oct 18-Nov 8 Stay with Host Families, McLeod Ganj, attend classes at the Institute for Buddhist Dialectics in same topics as before.
Nov 8-Nov 16 Independent Travel
Nov 16- Dec 9 Stay in Guest house in McLeod Ganj. Have one week of study and class, then some days of final exams, then work on Independent Research project and volunteer opportunities. Research presentations on Dec 6.
Dec 9 Travel to Delhi
Dec 10 Drive to & visit Fatehpur Sikri. Then drive to Agra in the evening. (4.5 hours driving total)
Dec 11 Visit Taj Mahal early, then Agra Fort. Return to Delhi (2.5 hour drive)
Dec 12 Program officially ends; we can provide housing until Dec 14.
Holidays we may observe while in India:
Aug 29 Ganesh Chathurti (Ganesh’s birthday; a day to eat dumplings)
Sept 25-26 Rosh Hashana
Sept 25-Oct 3 Navaratri, which means “9 Nights” and has many included festivals. A fun one is Saraswati Puja, Oct 1, when people honor the tools of their trade, such as cars and computers.
Oct 4 Yom Kippur
Oct 23 Deepavali / Diwali, a major Hindu festival that we will try to participate in. Deepavali is the Festival of Lights, celebrating the victory of Rama over Ravana; or Satyabama over Narakasura. Some people describe it as Christmas for Hindus.
Nov 13 Lha-bab Duchen, a Tibetan day of prayer commemorating a story about the historical Buddha, Buddha Shakyamuni, descending from the heavenly realms to the earth. It’s the 22d day of the 9th month of the Tibetan Calendar.
Nov 27 US Thanksgiving
Nov 30 1st Sunday of Advent