Spiritual programme

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Introduction to Buddhism – Mind, Meditation & the Meaning of Life – With Geshe Tenzin Namdak
From Friday, 10. January 2020
To Tuesday, 14. January 2020
Location : Main Gompa

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Buddha said that mind is the creator of everything – all that is good comes from the mind, all that is bad comes from the mind.

What does this really mean?

During this course, we will explore what mind is, how it works, and how it can be transformed in a positive way so we can experience lasting inner peace and true happiness.

The course will be taught by Venerable Geshe Tenzin Namdak, a Dutch monk who graduated from the Sera Je Monastic University as the first Westerner ever to complete the full formal studies of the geshe degree. He is an FPMT registered teacher and has extensive teaching experience.

Format of the course will incorporate:

  • Dharma teachings
  • group discussions
  • guided meditations and
  • yoga.


Fri 10 Jan  
4.00 pm Introduction to course by Spiritual Programme Coordinator (SPC)
6.00 pm Dinner
7.00 pm Meditation
Sat 11 to Mon 13 Jan  
6.45 am Morning meditation
7.30 am Breakfast
9.00 am Teaching
10.15 am Break
10.45 am Teaching
12.00 pm Lunch
2.00 pm Discussion groups
3.00 pm Break
3.30 pm Sunset Yoga
5:00 pm Break
6:00 pm Dinner
7.00 pm Teaching / Evening meditation
Tue 14 Jan  
6.45 am Morning meditation
7.30 am Breakfast
9.00 am Teachings
10.15 am Break
10.40 am Last teaching
12:00 pm Big Lunch
2:00 pm Visit to social projects

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.