Spiritual programme

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Death, Intermediate State and Rebirth – With Geshe Ngawang Rabga
From Monday, 25. March 2019
To Thursday, 28. March 2019
Location : Main gompa
Central motif of the Buddhist Wheel of Life
Central motif of the Buddhist Wheel of Life
(Khachoe Ghakyil Ling, Kathmandu, Nepal. Photo by Piero Sirianni.)
This symbolises that mental afflictions are the root cause of a living being's journey from life to life.

Through the afflictions of desire, hatred and ignorance, contaminated karma (actions) are performed, which establish potencies in the mind in the form of predispositions. When a lifetime finishes, a person who has such predispositions is born again in cyclic existence with a mind and body appropriated through these contaminated causes.

Immediately after death, the intermediate state begins—it is a state where ordinary beings abide until their karmic propensities will pull them to their new cycle of life, to their rebirth.

Our resident geshe, Geshe Ngawang Rabga, will give a presentation on this complex topic, a key to understand the cycle of of existence. These teachings will be translated into English. 

Geshe-la teaches in Tibetan and will be assisted by an English translator. The course will include meditations, group discussions and teachings on the topic.

The connection to a life is, therefore, made under the influence of desire, hatred and ignorance. Until these afflictions are overcome, one is as if bound in chains without freedom. Indeed, there are good and bad rebirths; but, while one is still bound, one must bear the burden of mental and physical aggregates that are under the influence of contaminated actions and afflictions. This is not done just once, but again and again without break.

To overcome the sufferings of birth, aging, sickness and death, desire, hatred and confusion must be overcome. Their root, in turn, is ignorance—the conception of an inherent existence of persons and other phenomena. External medicines alleviate superficial suffering but cannot cure the central problem. Internal practices—such as resorting to specific antidotes to desire and hatred—are more helpful, but their effects are temporary however, if one can destroy ignorance—their root—then all of these cease of their accord.

If ignorance is eliminated, then the contaminated actions that depend on it are stopped.

Furthermore, without ignorance, the attachment and predispositions established by previous actions cease to operate, whereupon the cycle of uncontrolled rebirth is ended.

His Holiness 14th Dalai Lama



Mon 25 Mar Welcome to Root Institute
4.00 pm Introduction to course by Spiritual Programme Coordinator (SPC)
6.00 pm Dinner
7.00 pm Evening Meditation
Tue 26 – Wed 27 Mar  
6.45 am Morning meditation
7.30 am Breakfast
8.30 am Teachings with Geshe-la
10.00 am Break
10.30 am Teachings with Geshe-la
12.00 noon Lunch
2.15 pm Discussion groups
3.15 pm Break
3.30 pm Teachings with Geshe-la
4:30 pm Break
6:00 pm Dinner
7.00 pm Evening meditation
Thu 28 Mar  
6.45 am Morning meditation
7.30 am Breakfast
8.30 am Teachings with Geshe-la
10.00 am Break
10.30 am Teachings with Geshe-la
12:00 noon Lunch
2.15 pm Discussion groups
3:15 pm Break
3.30 pm Last Teachings with Geshe-la


Note: This schedule is subject to change.


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General information about the spiritual programme

Our spiritual programme now runs from mid-September to mid-April.

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:

If you wish to do a self-directed individual or group retreat separate from our spritual programme:

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.