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Death, Intermediate State and Rebirth – With Geshe Ngawang Rabga
From Monday, 25. March 2019
To Thursday, 28. March 2019
Location : Main gompa

Through the afflictions of desire, hatred and ignorance, contaminated karma (actions) are performed, which establish potencies in the mind in the form of predispositions. When a lifetime finishes, a person who has such predispositions is born again in cyclic existence with a mind and body appropriated through these contaminated causes.

Immediately after death, the intermediate state begins—it is a state where ordinary beings abide until their karmic propensities will pull them to their new cycle of life, to their rebirth.

Our resident geshe, Geshe Ngawang Rabga, will give a presentation on this complex topic, a key to understand the cycle of of existence. These teachings will be translated into English. 

Geshe-la teaches in Tibetan and will be assisted by an English translator. The course will include meditations, group discussions and teachings on the topic.


The connection to a life is, therefore, made under the influence of desire, hatred and ignorance. Until these afflictions are overcome, one is as if bound in chains without freedom. Indeed, there are good and bad rebirths; but, while one is still bound, one must bear the burden of mental and physical aggregates that are under the influence of contaminated actions and afflictions. This is not done just once, but again and again without break.

To overcome the sufferings of birth, aging, sickness and death, desire, hatred and confusion must be overcome. Their root, in turn, is ignorance—the conception of an inherent existence of persons and other phenomena. External medicines alleviate superficial suffering but cannot cure the central problem. Internal practices—such as resorting to specific antidotes to desire and hatred—are more helpful, but their effects are temporary however, if one can destroy ignorance—their root—then all of these cease of their accord.

If ignorance is eliminated, then the contaminated actions that depend on it are stopped.

Furthermore, without ignorance, the attachment and predispositions established by previous actions cease to operate, whereupon the cycle of uncontrolled rebirth is ended.

His Holiness 14th Dalai Lama



Mon 25 Mar Welcome to Root Institute
4.00pm Introduction to course by Spiritual Programme Coordinator (SPC)
6.00pm Dinner
7.00pm Evening Meditation
Tue 26–Wed 27 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
3.15pm Break
3.30pm Teachings with Geshe-la
4:30pm Break
6:00pm Dinner
7.00pm Evening meditation
Thu 28 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
3:15pm Break
3.30pm Last Teachings with Geshe-la


Note: This schedule is subject to change.


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