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Brightening Your Inner Clarity – Mindfulness and Meditation Retreat – With Ven. Khadro
From Friday, 22. January 2021
To Sunday, 31. January 2021
Location : Main Gompa

Solo Khumbu clouds

This is a very special retreat that brings together the path to inner clarity of body and mind through meditation, discussions of inner values, and pilgrimage to the Mahabodhi Stupa for blessings and inspiration.


The mindfulness meditations will be guided and focused mainly on the breath, gradually moving to being mindful of mental activity and moving even more subtle inwardly to being mindful of awareness of awareness. This retreat will allow retreatants to build up a regular practice that they can continue after the retreat and maintain during their daily lives.

The discussions of inner values will be based on the 16 Guidelines – a very grounding framework of universal values to develop wisdom and compassion, designed to transform the way we think, act, relate to others and find meaning. You are welcome to visit the 16 Guidelines website for more information.

The retreat will include full days in silence.

Retreat leader

We are very happy to welcome back Venerable Thubten Khadro, who has extensive experience leading mindfulness courses and is a 16 Guidelines facilitator. She has served and taught in various meditation centres around the world, is a Buddhist Chaplain, an FPMT registered teacher, and was recently the Spiritual Programme Coordinator at Root Institute.


Fri 22 Jan Welcome to Root Institute
4.00pm Introduction to course by Spiritual Programme Coordinator (SPC)
6.00pm Dinner
7.00pm Evening Meditation
Sat 23 to Sat 30 Jan   
6.45am Morning meditation
7.30am Breakfast
9.00am Mindfulness Meditation Session
10.00am Break
10.30am Mindfulness Meditation Session (2 sessions in one)
12.00pm Lunch
2.00pm Discussion session on the 16 Guidelines
3.30pm Break
4.00pm Mindfulness Yoga Session
6:00pm Dinner
7.00pm Evening meditation / Pilgrimage to Mahabodhi Stupa
(alternate days to be announced)
Sun 31 Jan  
6.45am Morning meditation
7.30am Breakfast
8.30am Mindfulness Meditation Session
10.00am Break
10.30am Mindfulness Meditation Session (2 sessions in one)
12.00pm Lunch
2.00pm Tour of Root Institute's social service projects
3:00pm Feedback from the group


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.