Drop-in Sessions

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Overcoming the Eight Worldly Concerns – With Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche
Tuesday, 2. January 2024, 03:30pm - 05:00pm
 

Serkong Tsenshab RinpocheIt is with great joy and gratitude that Root Institute will again welcome Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche to teach at Root Institute.

Please join us in person if you are in Bodhgaya, or online!

In person

Just drop in:

  • no need to register
  • Root Institute residents and those staying outside are all welcome
  • please arrive at the Main Gompa in plenty of time
  • any donation will be most welcome.

Online

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The teacher

Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche is the reincarnation of Tsenshab Serkong Rinpoche, and the FPMT website has inspiring information about his past incarnation, who had a strong connection with our spiritual guide, Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche, and early FPMT students, which continues in his new incarnation. We feel very honoured to again offer an occasion for students to meet and make a connection with Serkong Rinpoche.

Overcoming the eight wordly concerns

The very essence of the path of Buddha Dharma is to overcome the eight wordly concerns which compel our actions when we are focused only on this life:

  • wishing to experience happiness and avoid suffering
  • wishing to achieve fame and avoid insignificance
  • wishing to receive praise and avoid criticism
  • wishing to receive gain and avoid loss.

Rinpoche will explain how the eight worldly concerns are the source of all our problems, and that understanding the differences between worldly dharma and the holy Dharma is so important.

Format

Rinpoche speaks good conversational English, and will be assisted by a translator when needed.

There will be an opportunity for questions and answers.

 

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:

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 follow His Holiness the Dalai Lama's advice and support his work, we do not share our materials and facilities with those who knowingly continue to practice Shugden against his advice.

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