The European Dharma Yatra (spiritual walk, journey, or pilgrimage) has been going on since 2001. Over 200 people from more than 20 countries worldwide arrive each summer to:
- walk through Southern France in silence
- camp in a new place each night
- explore the Dharma
- meditate in the beauty and simplicity of nature
- be together as Sangha (community)
In this way our spiritual community walks in the world on an inner spiritual journey. Participate for one or two weeks. Our emphasis is twofold, Dharma and Yatra.Dancing a jig in the woods Dharma Yatra 2010 (Christopher Titmuss/Flickr)
Dharma includes: regular meditations with instructions and guidance, Dharma teachings via group and individual meetings with teachers, and Dharma discussion and debate.
Yatra includes five hours of silent walking-meditation every day. We walk together on this spiritual journey. The goal of pilgrimage is walking one step at a time, one breath at a time, allowing ourselves greater intimacy with the here-and-now. Contacting the immediacy of life deepens our contact with and understanding of the world around and within us.
- "Walkabout" (film) -- the original Australian inspiration?