Manjushri is the embodiment of the wisdom of all the Buddhas. The word manju means "charming, beautiful, pleasing" and shri means "glory, brilliance". Manjushri is first referred to in early Mahayana sutras such as the Prajnaparamita sutras, and through this association very early in the tradition he came to symbolise the embodiment of prajñā (transcendental wisdom).
Manjushri's unimaginable compassion is expressed by druk-tar cher-drok, which means "like the roar of a dragon's thunder". He makes the Dharma teaching known over a great distance with a loud sound. This is an expression of his kind concern and compassion for sentient beings. The ultimate way of benefiting sentient beings is not to improve their physical standard of living, but to improve their spiritual standard.
This is a semi-advanced retreat, ideal for those who want to enhance their inner wisdom and awaken from the sleep of ignorance. As Manjushri holds a wisdom sword that cuts through delusion, confusion and doubt, engaging in this practice will bring about a process of transformation towards wise discernments, inner power and clarity. Wisdom is Manjushri's quality of mind; compassion is its expression.
This retreat will include taking the Eight Mahayana precepts, Buddhist meditation prayers, Lama Ch'öpa practice, meditations and practices on Manjushri, meditations on emptiness, Buddhist teachings, protector prayers, purification practice, and a fire puja at the end of the retreat.
Ven. Namjong is a young Hawaiian monk who has been studying intensely at Sera Jey Monastery in South India for his Geshe degree (equivalent to a PhD in Buddhist Studies). He is very friendly and approachable and experienced in this very beautiful practice towards awakening.
This retreat will include days of full silence.
Dagri Rinpoche might be conferring the Manjushri Initiation, on February 25th (in the afternoon), 26th, 27th & 28th (morning) – THIS HAS NOT BEEN 100% CONFIRMED – so please bear this in mind for your travelling arrangements. This initiation will bring great blessings ripening the mental continuum of the retreatants.
In your application, please do let us know whether you have taken this initiation before, and if you have long daily commitments (as if this is the case we might need to re-adjust the schedule).
|Wed 28 Feb|
|4.00pm||Introduction to course by Spiritual Programme Coordinator (SPC)|
|7.00pm||First session with Ven. Namjong|
|Thu 1–Thu 15 Mar|
|5.45am||Mahayana precepts, morning prayers, Lama Ch'öpa|
|9:00am||Meditation on Manjushri with Ven Namjong|
|2.00pm||Meditation on Manjushri with Ven Namjong|
|4:00pm||Meditation on Manjushri with Ven Namjong|
|7.00pm||Evening session with protector prayers and purification practice|
|Fri 16 Mar|
|5.45am||Mahayana precepts, morning prayers, Manjushri sadhana|
Please note: this schedule is subject to change.
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.
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:
Unless otherwise indicated, registration is required for all spiritual programme events except drop-in sessions, Festival of Lights & Merit, and Mahabodhi Stupa events.