Spiritual programme

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Worldwide Green Tara Practice in Response to the COVID-19 Crisis
From Sunday, 9. May 2021
To Sunday, 22. August 2021
Online via Zoom and YouTube live:
Every Sunday until Aug. 22, 7-8pm
Indian Standard Time (GMT+5.5)

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to devastate many parts of the world, Root Institute is arranging weekly Green Tara group practice sessions to help quell the tremendous suffering brought on by the pandemic. The Green Tara practice has been especially recommended by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as the primary practice for these troubled times. In general, Green Tara is the manifestation of all of the enlightened activities of the Buddhas. Her practice is highly praised for removing obstacles and bringing quick success in our virtuous activities.

We will "pause" this series after the session on August 22, 2021. 

As Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche said, "Tara is quick to grant success in obtaining the ultimate happiness of enlightenment. You receive much good merit, or cause of happiness; it prevents a suffering rebirth in your next life; you receive initiation from millions of buddhas; and you achieve enlightenment."

Join us on Sundays for an hour-long session in which we will do the Green Tara sadhana, recite the praises to the twenty-one Taras and offer extensive dedication prayers including the King of Prayers for all our holy gurus and sentient beings, including all those who are sick and all those who have died. You can submit the names of those who are sick and those who have passed away in the past seven weeks to . These sessions will be led alternately by Venerable Tenzin Namjong and Venerable Tenzin Legtsok.

Green Tara
We strongly encourage you to use this Tara Sadhana, https://shop.fpmt.org/A-Short-Practice-of-Green-Tara-eBook-PDF-_p_3028.html although the Venerables will do a screen share. If Indians have difficulty, they may contact and they will be sent them a copy and they can later pay back in rupees through upi/neft.
We will use the Praises to Tara (free download) latest updated version: https://fpmt.app.box.com/s/22kh79r8yihrdl0b7mgk0sct6xyfqmyv
We will also recite the King of Prayers for the deceased which is part of the text available (for free download) at: https://fpmt.org/wp-content/uploads/death/8_prayers_a5.pdf
The YouTube live and Zoom links are as follows:
Zoom link (the same as before):
Meeting ID: 988 5764 1817
Passcode: 052635
YouTube live Sundays 7-8pm (India):
All livestreams and recordings in the Playlist: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqBPgpB4_xb0TsRu7Q-aX3TWnWP4GlcGb
The earlier recordings may be used by those who wish to do the prayers on their own.
For more details, please email:
Participation is open to all. Registration is not needed.
Root Institute is able to survive only through your kind donations, you may donate here: https://www.rootinstitute.ngo/donate

About the Teacher, Ven. Tenzin Namjong:

Born and raised in Hawaii, Venerable Tenzin Namjong studied and trained in Zen and Theravada traditions before embracing the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. He has been part of the Geshe study program at Sera Je Monastery in Bylakuppe, India since 2007. Venerable Namjong is a registered teacher of the FPMT. 

About the Teacher, Ven. Tenzin Legtsok:

Venerable Legtsok was born in the USA and named Brian, in 1973. After being inspired by explanations of the Lam-Rim and the amazing attitude of Bodhicitta, he became a monk in 2001 and has since taken the full-ordination vows. In 2004, he entered the Geshe studies program at Sera Je Monastery in South India. He is an FPMT accredited teacher.

General information about the spiritual programme

The span of our spiritual programme is approximately six months – the last few months of one year and the early months of the next – during the cooler season in Bodhgaya.

On the appropriate dates in the Tibetan calendar year-round, however, we observe the standard pujas of the Gelug tradition and these are drop-in sessions which anyone can attend. If you are in Bodhgaya and would like to come along, please feel welcome to join us for:

  • Tara Puja
  • Medicine Buddha Puja
  • Guru Puja with Tsog
  • Protector Puja.

Unless otherwise indicated, registration is required for all events except:

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