Celebrating the Turning of the Wheel of Dharma
Forty-nine days after the Buddha attained enlightenment under the bodhi tree in Bodhgaya, he gave his first teaching in the Deer Park near Varanasi. Tibetan Buddhists celebrate this event—known as Chokor Duchen—on the fourth day of the sixth lunar month, which this year falls on July 14. Ven. Sangye Khadro will give a talk explaining the significance of this event and a brief explanation of the main points the Buddha spoke of in his first teaching: the four truths of noble ones (aryas), and the eightfold path.
Originally from California, Kathleen McDonald (Sangye Khadro) began studying Buddhism with Tibetan lamas in Dharamsala, India, in 1973. She became a nun in Nepal the following year, and received full (bhikshuni) ordination in 1988. At the request of her teachers, she began teaching in 1980, and since then has been teaching Buddhism and meditation in various countries around the world, occasionally taking time off for personal retreats. She served as resident teacher in Buddha House, Australia, for two years and in Amitabha Buddhist Centre in Singapore for eleven years. From 2008-2015 she followed and graduated from the Masters Program at Lama Tsong Khapa Institute in Italy. She is currently a faculty member of the Human Spirit Psychoanalytic-Buddhist Training Program in Israel, and was the resident teacher at the Center for Wisdom and Compassion in Copenhagen, Denmark from 2016-2018. She is the author of two books, How to Meditate and Awakening the Kind Heart.
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.