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Daily Dharma – With Geshe Rabga
Friday, 7. February 2020, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Location : Main Gompa
Shakyamuni Buddha statue
Shakyamuni Buddha Statue
in Root Institute's Main Gompa

Root Institute's resident geshe, Geshe Ngawang Rabga, has kindly agreed to provide a series of daily drop-in talks on the essentials of the Mahayana path, covering such topics as:

  • the four noble truths

  • past and future lives

  • refuge in the Three Jewels

  • thought transformation (taking adversity into the path)

  • cultivating bodhicitta, and

  • emptiness of inherent existence.

Ideal for anyone who wishes to make the most of their time in Bodhgaya by deepening their Dharma understanding.

  • Each session will have time for questions and answers.

  • Open to all!

  • Donations welcome!


Geshe-la will teach in Tibetan, translated into English by our experienced English translator, Matt Whiston.

If you're going to be staying longer in Bodhgaya, don't forget Geshe-la's upcoming Lam Rim Intensive course – Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand.

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 and, due to our commitment to following His Holiness the Dalai Lama's advice and supporting his work, we do not share our materials and facilities with those who knowingly continue to practice Shugden against his advice.