Spiritual programme

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Extensive Offering Retreat
From Monday, 27. February 2017
To Sunday, 12. March 2017
Location : Mahabodhi Stupa

Our annual Extensive Offering Retreat is an opportunity for dharma practitioners to undertake preliminary (or life) practices in the holiest place in the Buddhist world, the Mahabodhi Stupa. Any action of body, speech and mind is said to be eight times more powerful.

During Losar the Stupa is home to dharma practitioners from around the world, all whom work together to make offerings and accumulate as much merit as possible during a time when any virtuous activity is multiplied 100,000 times. Our retreat students join this incredible collective each day and work together to purify negativities and accumulate merit.

Last season saw our students offer over 74,000 water bowls, along with thousands of flowers and lights. This season we hope to reach our goal of 100,000 water bowls. It is ideal students have completed some teachings before taking part in this retreat. Due to the power of group practice, it is mandatory for all students to attend every session.

Join us for two incredibly rare weeks of intensive merit accumulation! This is an opportunity of a lifetime!

Schedule will be available closer to the season and provide ample rest between offerings. It is essential each student commits to the group aspect of this retreat and be be a full participant in each session.


Guidelines of behaviour in a Dharma environment

Root Institute is a meditation centre with resident nuns and monks and not a guesthouse, so couples, and men and women, must have separate accommodation.

If participating in courses or retreats, friends and family of the same gender will also be asked to stay in separate rooms to help support silence and their focus on the course / retreat.

We ask all our guests and visitors to observe the following rules of discipline in order to maintain an atmosphere conducive to inner reflection and meditation:

  • 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 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, one 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 Gompa and the 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.


Please note that those in service or teaching in FPMT centers and projects do not engage in the practice of Shugden.

* Also, please be aware:
In April 2016 the Bihar state government passed laws totally prohibiting the sale and consumption of alcohol in the state, with very severe penalties, up to capital punishment for those involved in manufacture! Please ensure you do not carry any alcohol with you in Bihar.

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.

If you are interested in doing intensive individual practice at Root Institute, please go to Blessings > Personal retreat.