Spiritual programme

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Medicine Buddha–Lam Rim Retreat – With Ven. Lobsang Namgyel
From Thursday, 1. February 2018
To Saturday, 10. February 2018
Location : Main gompa

A ten-day – almost full silence – intermediate retreat led by Venerable Lobsang Namgyel, including teachings on the Lam Rim combined with Medicine Buddha practice.

The format includes teachings, group discussions, guided meditations, and practices at the Mahabodhi Stupa for inspiration and blessings.

Ven. Namgyel is a senior Western monk, with an array of life experiences and a unique, friendly and humorous style which makes students feel comfortable from the start.

About Medicine Buddha practice

The Medicine Buddha is a very powerful practice for healing, purification and success in our spiritual path and in our daily lives.

When we recite the mantra of the Medicine Buddha, we collect unbelievable merit. If you recite the mantra every day, the Buddhas and bodhisattvas will always pay attention and guide you. Your negative karmas will be cleansed and you will never to be born in the three lower realms. Even just hearing the names of the eight Medicine Buddhas pacifies diseases and spirits harms. This practice is especially beneficial if you are doing healing work, if you have a physical condition or if someone you know or love is suffering, this practice can be done for them, in their behalf. 

This retreat will include days of full silence.


Thu 1 Feb
4:00pm Welcome / introduction to meditation
6:00pm Supper
7:15pm First teachings with Ven. Namgyel
Fri 2–Fri 9 Feb
6:45am Morning meditation
7:30am Breakfast 
9:00am Medicine Buddha Practice &tTeachings with Ven. Namgyel (with a break)
12noon Lunch
2:00pm Discussion group
3:00pm Break
3:30pm Session with Ven. Namgyel (with a break)
6:00pm Supper 
7:15pm Evening meditation (Pilgrimage to Mahabodhi Stupa alternate days to be announced)
Sat 10  
6:45am Morning meditation
7:30am Breakfast
9:00am Last Medicine Buddha practice & teachings with Ven. Namgyel (with a break)
12noon Big Love Lunch
2:00pm Root Institute tour
3:00pm Feedback from the group

Last day finishes with group lunch. 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.