Spiritual programme

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Death & Living a Meaningful Life – With Ven. Robina Courtin
From Sunday, 26. November 2017
To Thursday, 30. November 2017
Location : Main gompa & pilgrimage sites

This course will be led by renowned senior FPMT Australian nun, Ven. Robina Courtin.

Venerable Robina is acclaimed for her unique, down-to-earth and intense teaching style. Moreover, this course is inspired by her knowledge of the Buddha Dharma's practical approach to life, and to death (one's own and that of those we love), gained by editing a compilation of Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche's teachings on this subject: How to Enjoy Death – Preparing to Meet Life's Final Challenge without Fear.

This course serves as either an introduction to Buddhism, or as an opportunity for those who have already attended an introductory course who would like to deepen their knowledge of the Buddhist approach to death and dying.

The format will include meditation, Buddhist philosophy classes, group discussions and pilgrimage to the Mahabodhi Stupa with Ven. Robina for blessings and inspiration on alternate evening sessions.


Sun 26 Nov Welcome to Root Institute
4:00pm Introduction to course by Spiritual Programme Coordinator; short meditation.
6.00pm Supper
7.00pm Evening meditation
Mon 27 Nov  
6.45am Meditation
7.30am Breakfast
8.30am Teachings with Ven. Robina
10.00am Break
10.30am Teachings with Ven. Robina
12pm Lunch
2.00pm Discussion groups
3.00pm Teachings Ven. Robina
4.30pm Break
5.00pm Teachings Ven. Robina
6.00 Supper
7.00pm Evening meditation/Pilgrimage to Mahabodhi Stupa with Ven Robina
(alternate days to be announced)
Thu 30 Nov  
6.45am Meditation
7.30am Breakfast
8.30am Last teachings with Ven. Robina

Please note: this schedule is subject to change.

Guidelines of behaviour in a Dharma environment

Root Institute is a delightful, semi-monastic meditation centre.

To maintain a conducive, spiritually harmonious atmosphere for inner reflection and meditation, we kindly ask all our students, guests and visitors to observe the following guidelines:

  • Respect all life: do not intentionally kill any living being, even small insects.

  • Respect others' property: do not steal or take anything not freely given.

  • Be honest and straightforward: do not lie or intentionally deceive others.

  • Be celibate: no sexual activity; this also includes no romantic holding hands, hugging, massages and other physical displays of affection.

  • Be alert and mindful*: avoid intoxicants such as alcohol, drugs and cigarettes; we encourage you to stop smoking while here, but if this is impossible, you can smoke outside the gates.

  • Be considerate of others' silence: keep silence in the appropriate areas and at all times during residential courses, especially in the meditation hall (gompa) and dormitories; no singing or playing music and, in general, maintain a quiet demeanour while on the property.

  • Be considerate of the monks and nuns: dress respectfully; please no shorts above the knee, tank-top shirts, or tight and revealing clothing.

  • Couples: can stay in the same room for two weeks or less under the celibacy policy.

Please be aware:

  • * The Bihar state government has passed laws totally prohibiting the sale and consumption of alcohol in the state, with very severe penalties! Please ensure that you do not carry any alcohol with you in Bihar.

  • Also, please note that those in service or teaching in FPMT centers and projects do not engage in the practice of Shugden.

General information about the spiritual programme

Our spiritual programme now runs from beginning of September through to end of April.

On the appropriate dates in the Tibetan calendar year-round, however, we observe the standard pujas of the Gelug tradition and these are drop-in sessions which anyone can attend. If you are in Bodhgaya and would like to come along, please feel welcome to join us for:

  • Tara puja
  • Medicine Buddha puja
  • Lama Ch'opa ts'og offering
  • Protector puja

Unless otherwise indicated, registration is required for all spiritual programme events except drop-in sessions, Festival of Lights & Merit, and Mahabodhi Stupa events.

To book your own individual or group retreat, please go to Blessings > Retreat – at Stupa Garden of Compassion, through which you can also book accommodation.