A serene space for individual or group retreats

Our Stupa Garden of Compassion is a beautiful place ten minutes walk from Root Institute, and a ten minute rickshaw ride from the Mahabodhi Stupa.

It features a magnificent, 24-foot high Kadampa Stupa consecrated by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, towering above a shrine room suitable for up to 12 retreatants, surrounded by eight smaller stupas.

Nearby is a new accommodation building which makes this an excellent location for individual and group retreats. From the veranda the Mahabodhi Stupa can be seen, making it an auspicious place to do prostrations, yoga and other practices.

Features of the place

  • Seven rooms, of which five have private bathrooms

  • All rooms have a view of the Kadampa Stupa and, in the distance, the holy Mahabodhi Stupa of Bodhgaya

  • Kitchen and amenities to suit group retreats

  • An organic vegetable and rose garden

  • Some of our liberated animals reside on the grounds.

Retreat support

  • Retreatants may borrow our meditation cushions, water bowls, incense burners, and other retreat supplies

  • For those in strict retreat, regular ts'og purchases can be arranged and delivered

  • For those who require it, fire pujas can be requested and led by monks from Namgyal monastery.

Individual retreats can still be done at Root Institute itself

Root Institute also has an area within our compound which is still available for individual retreats.

Our onsite personal retreat space is located in one corner of our property. It is a quiet, shady area with several retreat huts. Silence is maintained at all times in this area.

Booking your individual retreat

We have a pre-requisite that retreatants fill in our medical form. Please read the rules of personal retreat discipline, below, before completing the form.

As retreat can sometimes be a condition for mental turbulence and stress, it is very important that each person completes our medical form as honestly, and with as much detail, as possible. Health services are very limited in Bodhgaya and, on rare occasions, Root Institute is required to connect people who experience very intense mental health issues with their family and relevant embassies.

For individuals, please complete the book your personal retreat form in detail. Applications not correctly filled-in will not be considered.

Arranging your group retreat

If you are interested in holding a group retreat here, please contact our Spiritual Programme Coordinator: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Personal retreat discipline

Students are most welcome to apply for individual or groups retreats here. To make the most of this special time, we would like to suggest the following:

  • It is good to settle all outside communication before you begin your retreat. Telling friends and family that you will be out of contact for the duration will significantly help to reduce distractions. Likewise, settling your travel arrangements, etc. before you come to Root Institute is highly advisable.

  • We recommend storing all communication / electronic devices (laptops / mobile phones / cameras / MP3 / CD players) in our safe for the duration of your retreat. (Whether we like it or not, being connected to these devices has a big effect on the inner workings of our minds, and retreat is a great time to disconnect and be free of all that.)

  • To maintain a healthy, calm, clear mind, observing silence will also bring you the mental space most conducive to retreat.

  • Practicing Dharma is a source of happiness, so rejoice in your efforts!

  • Thank you for thinking of Root Institute as your place for retreat. We will do our best to support you!

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.