Mandalay Passage

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MAR. 17-29, 2017 $4,695
Mandalay, Yangon, Irrawaddy
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Mandalay Passage

MAR. 17-29, 2017
Mandalay, Yangon, Irrawaddy
Aboard Irrawaddy Explorer

Once a jewel in Britain’s colonial crown, exotic Myanmar, known then as Burma, was a center of the colonial trade in tea and teakwood. Today, Myanmar has revealed to the world the wonders of its beauty and captivating way of life. This “Golden Land” showcases remarkable gilded pagodas, Buddhist monasteries and friendly people who will welcome you with warmth and charm. From Yangon, formerly Rangoon, travel to Prome and board the luxurious Irrawaddy Explorer that will cruise the historic Irrawaddy River to Mandalay. Along the way, visit fascinating river villages and learn about local arts, religion and culture. Experience the remarkable sight of Bagan at sunset, and in Mandalay, admire the soul-stirring views from Mahamuni Pagoda, explore traditional workshops and discover the depth of Mandalay’s Buddhist heritage.

Cost: $4,695
AHI Travel
Activity Level: Moderate Activity

UCLA Faculty on Tour

Department of Asian Languages & Cultures
Robert Buswell holds the Irving and Jean Stone Endowed Chair in Humanities at UCLA, where he is also Distinguished Professor of Buddhist Studies and founding director of UCLA’s Center for Buddhist Studies and Center for Korean Studies. He is a specialist in Buddhist meditative traditions in India, Southeast Asia, and East Asia. Buswell was ordained as a Buddhist monk into a Burmese ordination lineage in Thailand and lived as a Buddhist monk in Asia for seven years before returning to academe. He has published extensively on Buddhism, including a recounting of his life as a Zen monk in Korea in The Zen Monastic Experience. His most recent book, Numinous Awareness is Never Dark, explores the issue of whether enlightenment in Buddhism is a product of a gradual process of meditative development or a sudden burst of insight. (Spoiler alert: it’s both.) Buswell has also served as president of the Association for Asian Studies, the largest such professional organization in the world, with over 7,000 members, the first UCLA faculty member to be elected to that position.

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UCLA Alumni Association
Attn: Alumni Travel
James West Alumni Center
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1397

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