Drop-in sessions

Drop-in sessions

Morning meditations

  • Monday to Friday, 6:45–7:30am, in our main gompa (meditation hall)
  • Meditations are guided and include mindfulness and topics of the Lam Rim (Graduated Path to Enlightenment).

Teachings with Geshe Ngawang Rabga, our resident geshe

Geshe Ngawang RabgaYou are welcome to drop in to classes taught by our resident geshe in the FPMT Basic Programme (continuing to mid-April; more details here):

  • Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri – 5:15pm–6:45pm
  • Enrolled students participating in the full programme will be seated at the front and able to ask questions.
  • But anyone can drop in for a class and sit quietly, and any donation would be welcome.

Regular pujas and practices

We observe the standard pujas of the Gelug tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, 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.

Puja in main gompa

Check our announcements on our homepage where we list drop-in sessions scheduled within the next week.

The homepage list also includes two other kinds of events which require no booking, held at the Mahabodhi Stupa:


Drop-in sessions planned so far

  • Morning meditation
    Wednesday, 5. December 2018 - Saturday, 30. March 2019 06:45am - 07:30am

  • Morning meditation
    Wednesday, 12. December 2018 - Saturday, 6. April 2019 06:45am - 07:30am

  • Tara Puja
    Saturday, 15. December 2018 04:00pm - 05:00pm

  • Morning meditation
    Wednesday, 19. December 2018 - Saturday, 13. April 2019 06:45am - 07:30am

  • Morning meditation
    Wednesday, 20. February 2019 - Saturday, 15. June 2019 06:45am - 07:30am

  • Morning meditation
    Wednesday, 27. February 2019 - Saturday, 22. June 2019 06:45am - 07:30am

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.