Spiritual programme

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Meditative Pilgrimage – December
From Friday, 2. December 2022
To Thursday, 15. December 2022
Meditative Pilgrimage – December 2 – 15, 2022

Pilgrimage to Buddha’s Sites – Details:


Tour Route:

Delhi – Sarnath – Sravasti – Kushinagar – Vaishali – Rajgir – Bodhgaya


- Experience the wonders of Delhi, including prominent Buddhist relics
- Visit Varanasi, the ‘spiritual gateway of India’
- Journey to the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in India, including Sarnath, Sravasti and Kushinagar
- Spent three days in Bodhgaya – the most important Buddhist site
- Visit Nalanda Monastery, ancient Buddhist ruins and the Kesariya Stupa
- Attend teachings at the Buddhist Root Institute in Bodhgaya

           Lord Buddha statue in the Mahabodhi shrine room

           Lord Buddha statue in the Mahabodhi shrine room


           Nalanda University

           Nalanda University


          The Mahabodhi Stupa at Bodhgaya

          The Mahabodhi Stupa at Bodhgaya

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.