Spiritual programme

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Peaceful Living–Peaceful Dying Course – With Ven. Lobsang Namgyel
From Monday, 22. January 2018
To Sunday, 28. January 2018
Location : Main gompa

This course, led by Venerable Lobsang Namgyel, will cover aspects of how to live a meaningful and peaceful life leading to a peaceful death. 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.

Tibetan Buddhism offers an array of points of view and ways to make the most of this very precious life. As this philosophy, using logic and reasoning, it incorporates belief in the law of cause and effect and reincarnation, so preparing for a peaceful death that will propel one toward a good rebirth is of utmost importance. 

As Ven. Namgyel says: "Living in a right way to die in a right way. To develop good mental habits to control the mind at the time of death..." An explanation of the death process with its eight stages of dissolution will also be given.

This course serves as either an introduction to Buddhism or as a refresher course for those who have already attended an introductory course and would like to deepen their knowledge. The course will include meditation, Buddhist philosophy classes, group discussions and pilgrimage to the Mahabodhi Stupa for blessings and inspiration on alternate evening sessions.

Teachings are presented from an experiential point of view.

This course will include full days in silence.


Mon 22nd  
4:00pm Introduction to course by Spiritual Programme Coordinator
6:00pm Dinner
7:15pm First session with Ven Namgyel
Tue 23rd to Sat 27th  
6:45am Morning meditation
7:30am Breakfast
9:00am Session with Ven Namgyel (with tea break)
12noon Lunch
2:00pm Discussion group
3:00pm Break
3:30pm Session with Ven Namgyel (with tea break)
6:00pm Dinner
7:15pm Evening meditation / Pilgrimage to Mahabodhi
(alternate days to be announced)
Sun 28th  
6:45am Morning meditation
7:30am Breakfast
9:00am Last session with Ven. Namgyel (with tea break)
12 noon Big Love 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.