Spiritual programme

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Geshe Ngawang Rabga – Essence of Buddhism
From Tuesday, 21. March 2017
To Thursday, 23. March 2017
Location : Main gompa

This course will be taught by our resident Geshe, Geshe Ngawang Rabga, Geshe-la teaches in Tibetan and will be accompanied by an English translator.

During this course students will have the opportunity to learn about the 12 Links of Dependent Arising - which describe how one enters samsara. It teaches how things come to be and cease to be.

Geshe-la encourages all students to develop a strong foundation on the path.

Whatever external conditions there are – climate, environment, food etc. – we need to always concentrate on our main goal, which is to build a firm foundation in Buddhist philosophy. In that way, having put a due effort into our studies, we'll get to the point where we can proceed to practice Dharma properly – with understanding based on knowledge. That's very important for our future prospects....... And I from my side will try my best to help the students develop in their studies.

Course schedule

Mon 20 March Welcome to Root Institute
7.00pm Introduction to course by Spiritual Programme Coordinator (SPC)
Tues 21 &
Wed 22 Mar
6.45am Morning meditation
7.30am Breakfast
8.30am Teachings with Geshe-la
10.00am Break
10.30am Teachings with Geshe-la
12pm Lunch
2.15pm Discussion groups
3.00pm Break
3.30pm Teachings with Geshe-la
5:00pm Break
6:00pm Supper
7.30pm Evening meditation
Thu 23 Mar  
6.45am Morning meditation
7.30am Breakfast
8.30am Teachings with Geshe-la
10.00am Break
10.30am Teachings with Geshe-la
12:00pm Lunch
2.15pm Discussion groups
3:00pm Break
3.30pm Teachings with Geshe-la


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.