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24November2017

Tsondru - Joyful Effort

Released in December 2006 - Tsondru - Joyful Effort, presented in the form of a book and a video, documents the process of the walking pilgrimage, tracing the footsteps of the Buddha and generations of enlightened masters. Lama Namgyal, a long-time student of His Holiness the Twelfth Gyalwang Drukpa, with the help of Samten Drolkar, wrote a brief account of this amazing journey. His Holiness's intention of publishing this documentary is to benefit beings, especially those beings who will be reading the book and watching the video, so that they will be encouraged to undertake a walking pilgrimage in the same manner.

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Book with DVD (PAL & NTSC All Region Format)
Language: English, French and Chinese
Total pages of book: 248 (full color)
Size: 235mm(w) x 285mm(h) x 27mm(d)
ISBN: 81-87048-01-1

Price: USD 65.00 (excluding postage, which will be calculated based on shipping address)

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Book with DVD (PAL-All Region Format)


Book with DVD (NTSC-All Region Format)


A pilgrimage on foot is not uncommon among believers of many different spiritual traditions. Christian pilgrims walk from their homes to Jerusalem, Muslim pilgrims walk to Mecca, and Buddhist pilgrims to the different holy sites blessed by the presence of the Buddha and the generations of enlightened masters that followed.

Many Tibetans set out from their homes to go on pilgrimages to holy places such as Mount Kailash and Lhasa doing full prostrations throughout the entire journey. However, due to traditional protocols, it is extremely unusual for the head of a spiritual lineage to lead such a pilgrimage for his students. His Holiness the Twelfth Gyalwang Drukpa's idea, of walking from Kathmandu to the major pilgrimage sites in India with other high-ranking spiritual masters and over a hundred pilgrims, is unheard of in the history of Tibetan Buddhism.

The walking pilgrimage, undertaken by more than a hundred pilgrims in February 2006, was only half completed. Starting from Kathmandu, it covered Vaishali, Nalanda, Rajgir, Bodhgaya and Varanasi.