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Introduction to Lam Rim Retreat – With Ven. Lobsang Namgyel
From Monday, 14. December 2020
To Thursday, 17. December 2020
Location : Main gompa

Essence of the Teachings

Shakyamuni Buddha

This retreat may be undertaken on its own, or as the first phase of the Lam Rim and Medicine Buddha Retreat – With Ven. Lobsang Namgyel.

The Lam Rim (Graduated Path to Enlightenment) incorporates all the important points of the practice and philosophy of Tibetan Buddhism. Based on the teachings of the great reformer, Atisha, the Lam Rim teachings synthesise the vast array of the Buddha teachings into a systematic path of spiritual development, with meditational practices leading the disciple gradually from a being of small capacity, then middling and, ultimately, great capacity; that is, from short-term, self-centred thinking and behaviour, to more contentment, equanimity, and wisdom, and eventually to be driven by the altruistic wish to attain enlightenment for the benefit of all.

Format of the retreat will include:

  • teachings on the Lam Rim
  • group discussions, and
  • guided meditations.

The retreat leader, Venerable Lobsang Namgyel, is a senior Western monk with an array of life experiences and a unique, friendly and humorous style which makes students feel comfortable from the start.

Optional extension

This retreat is designed for those who wish to do a short, intensive introduction covering the essence of Tibetan Buddhist sutra teachings, finishing at breakfast on Thursday, 17 December.

Those wishing to go further and, on the basis of their Lam Rim understanding, engage in the practice of Tibetan Buddhist tantra, can stay on to complete the full Lam Rim and Medicine Buddha Retreat – With Ven. Lobsang Namgyel.

Silence

Silence (with the exception of discussion groups) begins on Monday 15th evening & ends after breakfast on Thursday 17th.

Schedule

Mon 14 Dec  
4:00 pm Introduction to course by Spiritual Programme Coordinator
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm First Dharma teaching by Ven. Namgyel
Tue 15 Dec  
6:45 am Morning meditation
7:30 am Breakfast
9:00 am Dharma teaching by Ven. Namgyel
10:00 am Lam Rim meditation
10:30 am Break
11:00 am Dharma teaching by Ven. Namgyel
12:00 noon Lunch
2:15 pm Lam Rim meditation
3:00 pm Dharma teaching by Ven. Namgyel
4:00 pm Break
4:30 pm Dharma teaching by Ven. Namgyel
5:30 pm Lam Rim meditation
6:00 pm Dinner
6:45 pm Evening meditation
Wed 16 Dec  
6:45 am Morning meditation
7:30 am Breakfast
9:00 am Dharma teaching by Ven. Namgyel
10:00 am Lam Rim meditation
10:30 am Break
11:00 am Dharma teaching by Ven. Namgyel
12:00 noon Lunch
2:00 pm Discussion groups
3:00 pm Break
3:30 pm Dharma teaching by Ven. Namgyel
5:00 pm Break
5:30 pm Lam Rim meditation
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Evening meditation
Thu 17 Dec  
6:45 am Morning meditation
7:30 am Breakfast

 

Please note: This schedule is subject to change.

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.