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Discover Buddhism in Myanmar

Myanmar is said to be the ‘most Buddhist country in the world’ due to the high proportion of monks compared to lay people. Over 90% of the population practice Buddhism and most follow the Theravada tradition. Monks, collectively known as the sangha, are highly revered.

In Myanmar there are two prominent Buddhist practices: merit-making and vipassanā meditation. The path of merit-making follows the five precepts and places importance on the accumulation of merit through dana (good deeds) and charity in order to obtain a favourable rebirth. Vipassana is a meditation practice that focusses on the breath in order to gain insight and eventual enlightenment.

Our pilgrimages visit some of the key Buddhist sites in Myanmar, including the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, the Mahamuni Buddha Temple in Mandalay and the Kyaiktiyo Pagoda (also known as Golden Rock). This small pagoda stands on top of a granite boulder and is said to be perched on a strand of the Buddha’s hair. We will also explore Bagan, an ancient city and former capital of the Pagan Kingdom. Over 2000 temples and pagodas still stand in a region said to be as significant to Cambodia’s Angkor Wat.

Our upcoming pilgrimages to Myanmar are currently being developed, with itineraries and dates to be announced in the near future. Please contact us or join our mailing list if you have any specific queries about pilgrimages to Myanmar or if you would like to stay up to date with new and upcoming tours.

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