Festival of Lights & Merit

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15 Days of Miracles
From Tuesday, 5. February 2019
To Tuesday, 19. February 2019
Location : Mahabodhi Stupa

Chotrul Duchen – Lord Buddha's 15 Days of Miracles
(Most powerful days for multiplying merit – Losar: 5 February, and Day of Miracles: 19 February, 2019)

Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche conferring the oral transmission of the Exalted Sutra of the Sublime Golden Light at the Mahabodhi Stupa during the 15 Days of Miracles in 2015

During four holy times each year, according to the Tibetan calendar, Root Institute organises a celebration of the most significant events in Lord Shakyamuni Buddha's life, which we call our Festival of Lights & Merit.

Every day during the 15 Days of Miracles is considered a merit-multiplying day, but the two most powerful days are at the beginning and end, which in 2019 are:

  • Losar, Tibetan New Year –  5 February, and

  • The Day of Miracles – 19 February.

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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.