Spiritual programme

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Discovering Buddhism – The Path – by Venerable Robina
From Friday, 5. February 2021
To Friday, 26. February 2021
Online via Zoom and YouTube live: 7-9pm Fridays
5, 12, 19 and 26 February, Indian Standard Time (GMT+5.5)
 
Venerable Robina Courtin
Venerable Robina Courtin
 

Registration Required - https://www.rootinstitute.ngo/spiritual-programme-express-interest

The Path to Enlightenment from A-Z

Like with any body of knowledge we want to learn, we need the big picture; we need to see how all the concepts are integrated, how each stage leads naturally to the next. The Tibetan packaging of the teachings known as the lamrim, the gradual path, put together by Lama Tzong Khapa, the 14th century lineage lama of the Gelug tradition, does exactly that. He took all the essential points from the vast body of Buddhist knowledge and presented them in an orderly way — orderly according to the disciple’s capacity for internalizing the teachings. It all culminates in the achievement of buddhahood, the natural potential of every one of us.

About the teacher:

Ven Robina is the founder of the Liberation Prison Project, which brings free Dharma into prisons all around the world: liberationprisonproject.org.

Ven Robina is a dynamic teacher with great skill in articulating the Dharma for Western audiences, in a style that combines wit, sharp insight, and deep compassion.

To know more about Ven. Robina please visit her website: robinacourtin.com

 
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.