Another visit to the sacred site of Llyn y Dywarchen

A Buddhist Pilgrimage to a sacred sites in wales
A pilgrimage by students of Lama Shenpen, members of the Awakened Heart Sangha and Hermitage residents, to the sacred site of Llyn y Dywarchen in Snowdonia, North Wales.

Last weekend we went on another pilgrimage to the sacred site of Llyn Y Dywarchen in Gwynedd, to mark the end of the week-long Formless Meditation retreat, held at our sacred siteThe Hermitage of the Awakened Heart in Criccieth, North Wales.

the holy island of Llyn y Dywarchen in Gwynedd, North Wales
The holy island at Llyn y Dywarchen in Snowdonia, a sacred place we like to regularly visit on pilgrimage in North Wales

As we described in a previous post about a pilgrimage to this sacred Welsh site, it is special to us for a number of reasons: we’ve made a strong connection to Guru Rinpoche to this place and brought many visiting Lamas here. It’s been visited and blessed by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche amongst many others.

Building a shrine on a sacred site of pilgrimage in North Wales
Awakened Heart Sangha members preparing the shrine to make offerings

We always end our retreats with a pilgrimage to a local sacred place and this time we had some new retreat attendees, so it was their very first Welsh pilgrimage to a sacred site with us, and their first visit to Llyn y Dywarchen.

Our Shrine overlooking the holy island at Llyn Y Dywarchen
Our Shrine overlooking the holy island at Llyn y Dywarchen

We prepared a Tibetan Buddhist shrine with Guru Rinpoche at the centre and offering bowls, candles, flowers and incense, over looking the holy island and lake.

Connecting to the sacred sites of Wales through Buddhist ritual and practice
Tibetan Buddhist rituals connecting us to the sacred landscape on our pilgrimage to the holy site in Snowdonia

We all sat together and chanted the offering prayers and mantras, to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, the environment and all that dwell there. While we were performing the puja the sun came out momentarily, which felt very auspicious!

You can find out more about Buddhist pilgrimage ritual and practice including the fascinating ritual of smoke pujas, on our Buddhist Pilgrimage page.