Siddhartha’s Intent and Khyentse Foundation jointly announce that Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche’s advice, What to do at India’s Buddhist Holy Sitesis available as a free PDF download upon request. Please note: the book was published in print and e-book form in 2018, to purchase this visit Shambhala.

Rinpoche wrote the book in response to the questions students frequently ask about going on pilgrimage to Buddhist holy sites. What To Do at India’s Buddhist Holy Sites is not a guidebook for ordinary tourists, but for Buddhists who wish to purify their defilements and accumulate merit by going on pilgrimage. Focusing primarily on the teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha and the great Indian masters of the past, Rinpoche offers pilgrims advice on every aspect of pilgrimage: where to go, what to do, the meaning of pilgrimage, and generating the right motivation before leaving home. He explains what Buddhists mean when they describe a person, place or object as being “holy.” Included are suggestions for which prayers and practices one can do at the four main Buddhist holy sites in India and Nepal.

“The aim of all Buddhist practice is to catch a glimpse of the awakened state. Going on pilgrimage, soaking up the sacred atmosphere of holy places and mingling with other pilgrims are simply different ways of trying to achieve that glimpse.”
—Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

Click here to request the free download. This publication is also available in  French and Spanish translations.

Photo by Mattia Midali.