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Medicine Buddha Puja and Recitation of the Vajra Cutter Sutra
Sunday, 9. February 2020, 03:00pm - 05:00pm
Location : Main Gompa
Medicine Buddha
Medicine Buddha thangka in our small gompa

Medicine Buddha Puja

On the 15th day of this Tibetan lunar month, we will perform this puja which entails making offerings and reciting the Sutra of the Medicine Buddha praising the eight Medicine Buddhas.

The prayers are performed in a mix of Tibetan and English.

Recitation of the Vajra Cutter Sutra

This sutra is one of the Perfection of Wisdom (Prajnaparamita) sutras, conveying the understanding of emptiness of inherent existence, the realisation of which is the cause of liberation from cyclic existence.


Dedications of these highly beneficial practices can be made for:

  • the success of projects

  • the recovery from illness of friends or relations, and

  • the blessing of the recently departed.

Everyone is welcome!


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.