Two New India Tours Announced

Body Mind Spirit Journeys has announced two new tours to India.

The first is another Tibetan Path in India tour that includes attending three days of teachings by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. It also includes a 10-day Tibetan Buddhist meditation retreat at the world renowned Tushita center in McLeod Ganj, a suburb of Dharamsala in the Himalayan foothills. The meditation program is an introductory course, suitable for beginners as well as more advanced practitioners. There is also a cultural exchange program, enabling you to visit the homes and meet family members and make friends in the Tibetan refugee community. Dates are November 16 through December 6, 2013. For more details of the Dalai Lama and meditation retreat program please go to

The second is a rare opportunity to explore the ancient traditions of Tibetan shamans and oracles. The “Mystics of Ladakh” tour is primarily focused in and around Leh, the largest town in Ladakh. Tour host Lisa Tully promises an authentic experience, eating and praying in the homes of local people, both monastic and lay, Tibetan and Ladakhi, yogi and shaman. Lisa says that the people of Ladakh encompass the mystical in everything they do in their daily lives. Dates of the program are March 6 – 19, 2014. There will also be an option to visit the Taj Mahal as well as experiencing sufi music in Delhi. The tour also focuses on the Tibetan goddess Green Tara. We will learn her mantra to assist in healing and granting other requests.

To learn more about the Mystics of Ladakh tour, click on:

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A Karmic Lesson and the Dalai Lama

Lame Yeshe and Lisa Tully

Lame Yeshe and Lisa Tully

Lisa Tully leads spiritual tours to India. She says that when people travel to that sacred land, something karmically starts to happen the moment they arrive. Lisa describes the process as “an intense clearing out which results in all your stuff coming to the surface so it can be blissfully released.” In other words, she said, “it’s a bit like having your finger on the fast forward button of spiritual growth.”

As a tour group leader, Lisa says, she experiences super fast growth and clearing which can be quite intense as each moment carries with it yet another karmic lesson.

She recently reported that a magical thing happened on her last tour.

As she was experiencing this phenomenon in full force, she kept seeing banners everywhere with a poem written by the Dalai Lama. It was one she had never seen before, but she even found it written in pen on the wall of a restaurant where she happened to dine. This is the poem:

No matter what is going on
Never give up
Develop the heart
Too much energy in your country
Is spent developing the mind
Instead of the heart
Be compassionate
Not just to your friends
But to everyone
Be compassionate
Work for peace
In your heart and in the world
Work for peace
And I say again
Never give up
No matter what is going on around you
Never give up 

~ Dalai Lama XIV

“I felt as though the Dalai Lama was urging me on with these words,” Lisa said. “I felt that very strongly indeed. Then after my group left I attended one of his public teachings with some of my monastic friends. As the Dalai Lama walked past us in the crowd he stopped in his tracks, turned around and looked straight at me holding my gaze for a few moments before he nodded and moved on. As the people around me gasped in surprise I knew in that instant he was now telling me in person to never-give-up.”

“So it is with this encouragement from the great man himself that I steam ahead with these tours. With the seal of his loving gaze I know ever more strongly that we can make a difference, we are making a difference to each and everyone who graces our tours with their sacred presence as well as the Tibetan community in exile.”

And for those of you currently facing challenging times and searching for strength I hope you too find comfort in the words of this powerful poem just as Lisa Tully did.

Her next tour, May 30 – June 17, 2013, includes attending teachings by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as well as a 10-day Tibetan Buddhist meditation retreat.

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On the Dalai Lama and Technology

His Holiness the Dalai LamaIf His Holiness the Dalai Lama does not own an iPad, a cell phone or even a computer, how is it possible that he has nearly five million Twitter followers and more than four million Facebook fans? We recently discovered the secret. His name is Tenzin Choejor. Besides being the Dalai Lama’s official photographer, Choejor also is the head of a team that looks after social media for His Holiness.

“I’m very much a Netizen,” Choejor said. “I’m always looking at people’s Facebook pages. Even though His Holiness has had a website since 2005, in this busy 21st century people don’t have time to go to your site all the time. We felt it was very important to deliver the content and messages of His Holiness to people via social networks.”

We learned about this at and you may click the link if you’d like to read the whole article about how HH delegates such tasks as sending email and posting Twitter tweets.

One task that the Dalai Lama does not delegate, however, is giving his personal teachings. His next teachings in Dharamsala India are slated for October 29 through 31, 2012, and — according to his website — they will be on Chapter 24 of Nagarjuna’s Fundamental Treatise of the Middle Way (uma tsawai sherab) at the request of a group of Koreans at the Main Tibetan Temple.

It is possible to attend these teachings on your own, and practical advice for attending them is available on his website at However, there is also a much easier way. Body Mind Spirit Journeys is offering a Dalai Lama India tour that includes attendance at the teachings as well as a 10-day Tibetan Buddhist meditation retreat.

The tour begins October 16, so there is not much time left to sign up. For details, pricing and a registration form, please visit


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New Dalai Lama India Tour Video

Lisa Tully, the leader of the Dalai Lama Tibetan Buddhist meditation tour of India coming up in March, has just sent us a video that gives you a taste of her program. It even shows a brief glimpse of His Holiness the Dalai Lama waving from a car that is passing by. (Don’t worry, he was not driving. In India, the driver’s side is on the right side of the vehicle, and they drive on the left side of the road.)

McLeod Ganj is located in the foothills of the Himalayas, and the scenery is truly inspiring. But even more importantly, this tour is an opportunity to attend a personal teaching by the Dalai Lama, something that is growing increasingly rare.

After you have watched the video, you can get more details about this Buddhist Meditation retreat and tour, including the full itinerary and pricing, on the Body Mind Spirit Journeys website at

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Buddhist Meditation Retreat Dates Set

Buddhist meditation retreat features Dalai Lama teaching

Buddhist meditation retreat features Dalai Lama teaching

The dates for our Buddhist meditation retreat in India have now been set for March 6 through 24, 2012. The dates were selected to coordinate the tour with a very rare public teaching His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be giving. After serving for such a long time as a spiritual leader, it is understandable that HHDL should begin to cut back on his schedule. He gave three days of teachings in Dharamsala last month, but next March his teaching will be limited to only one morning, which our group will attend. As time passes, such opportunities to be in the presence of this great spiritual master become more and more rare and important.

The majority of the program will be a ten-day silent retreat at the Tushita Meditation Centre in Mcleod Ganj. The tour is hosted by Lisa Tully, who is originally from Ireland, and Buga Tire, a Tibetan lama.

To see full details for this itinerary including pricing, please follow this link to the Buddhist Meditation Retreat program.


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