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A Spiritual Odyssey: Pilgrimage Across China

In a journey of spiritual exploration, the Chairman of The Promised Land, Nikesh Adhikari, and the CEO of Moksha Foundation, James Seng, led a delegation on a 20-day pilgrimage across China from April 30 to May 19.


Chongsheng Temple, Dali – May 2


On May 2, the delegation visited the Chongsheng Temple in Dali, Yunnan Province. Known for its iconic Three Pagodas, Chongsheng Temple is a historic site dating back to the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD). These pagodas are an enduring symbol of the ancient kingdom of Dali and represent a significant architectural achievement. As a center for Buddhist worship and cultural preservation, the temple provided a serene environment where the delegation enjoyed a private vegetarian lunch hosted by the Temple.

Photos: Chongsheng Temple and lunch at Chongsheng Temple


Jizu Mountain, Lijiang – May 3


On May 3, the journey continued as the delegation climbed Jizu Mountain in Lijiang. This mountain, also known as the Dojo of Mahakassapa, is one of the four sacred mountains in Chinese Buddhism. It is believed that Mahakassapa, one of Buddha’s primary disciples, meditated in a cave here and attained enlightenment. The delegation meditated in Mahakassapa Cave and paid their respects to the sacred stone where Mahakassapa is said to have gained enlightenment.


Photos: Jizu Mountain, Meditation in Mahakassapa Cave, and Stone of Mahakassapa


Zhang Hua Temple, Jingzhou – May 4


On May 4, the delegation visited Zhang Hua Temple in Jingzhou, which dates back to the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). This historic temple is renowned for its Avalokiteshvara Pagoda, which features a 1400-year-old ginkgo tree and multiple Buddha statues on each level, with the flesh body bodhisattvas of Master Chang Qi enshrined at the base. The delegation paid homage to these sacred relics, reflecting on the temple’s historical and spiritual significance.


Photos: Zhang Hua Temple and Flesh Body of Bodhisattvas


Meeting with Master Guanghui – May 7


On May 7, the delegation met with Master Guanghui at Huiji Temple in Beijing. Huiji Temple is situated at the top of Mount Putuo, also known as the "Buddha Summit," at an altitude of 291.3 meters (956 feet), the highest point on Mount Putuo.

Photos: Meeting with Master Guanghui of Huiji Temple


Movie Planning Event – May 8


On May 8, the delegation attended an event in Beijing dedicated to the planning of a movie related to the Ramagrama Stupa, directed by Zhang Keming. This event highlighted the intersection of spirituality and contemporary culture, showcasing efforts to bring ancient Buddhist stories to modern audiences through cinema.


Photos: Ramagrama Movie event in Beijing


Meditation Retreat, Niushoushan Cultural Park – May 10


On May 10, the delegation participated in a meditation retreat at Niushoushan Cultural Park in Nanjing. The park is not only known for its serene environment and significant religious heritage but also for hosting the relics of Lord Buddha. The tranquil setting of the park, coupled with its historical significance, offered a profound experience of meditation and reflection.

Photos: Meditation retreat at Niushoushan Cultural Park


Dafo Temple, Guangzhou – May 16


The pilgrimage continued to Dafo Temple in Guangzhou on May 16, where the delegation was hosted by Master Guobin. Dafo Temple, also known as the Temple of the Great Buddha, has a history spanning over a millennium. It is revered for its large statue of Buddha and its role as a major center of Buddhist practice in Southern China. During their visit, the delegation had the profound experience of viewing the relics of Lord Buddha, further deepening their spiritual connection.

Photos: Dafo Temple and meeting with Master Guobin


Shaolin Temple, Henan – May 18


On May 18, the delegation visited the legendary Shaolin Temple in Henan, meeting with Ven. Master Shi Yongxin. Shaolin Temple is renowned as the birthplace of Chan (Zen) Buddhism and Shaolin Kung Fu. Founded in the 5th century, it stands as a symbol of the integration of martial arts and spiritual practice. During their visit, the delegation also explored Damo Cave, a site associated with the legendary Bodhidharma, who is said to have meditated there for nine years. In the evening, they attended the Shaolin Musical, a vibrant performance that showcases the temple's rich cultural heritage through music and martial arts.

Photos: Shaolin Temple, Damo Cave, and Shaolin Musical




The 20-day pilgrimage across China was a journey of spiritual discovery and cultural exchange. Visiting sacred sites and engaging with prominent religious leaders provided the delegation with insights into the spiritual heritage of China. This journey not only strengthened international religious ties but also laid a foundation for future collaborations.


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