Spiritual programme

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Living in Stillness – Yin Yoga Retreat – With Annie McGhee
From Saturday, 23. November 2019
To Wednesday, 27. November 2019
Location : Main Gompa & yoga area on roof of Jamyang Building – above Dining Hall

Immerse yourself in the deeply nourishing practice of Yin yoga, and experience a shift as mindfulness-based principles are incorporated to create a sense of calmness & reflection.

We will go deeper, with longer held poses and create greater stillness of the mind and more openness and flexibility of the body, and explore several types of pranayama (breathing exercises) and meditations. We can then successfully combine both our asanas and meditation into a deeply transformative practice.

The longer and passively held poses in the meditative practice of Yin yoga are the perfect counterbalance for us in our busy lives. We have an opportunity to relax and completely let go and sink deeper and soften into the pose in order to experience a sense of peace and stillness within us.

There will be basic mindfulness meditations each day to assist and support you during the retreat.

SUITABLE FOR ALL LEVELS

Instructor

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Annie McGhee

Annie is a long-term Tibetan Buddhist student and yoga teacher. Her classes are well known for their warm-hearted teaching style, influenced by Tibetan Buddhism, to help develop an open-hearted approach to life.

She has been practicing yoga for more than five decades and teaching yoga for over 36 years. Annie has led yoga and meditation retreats, workshops and classes in Australia, Indonesia and India.

Her passion is research on and pilgrimages to the holy Buddhist sites of India, Sri Lanka and Indonesia.

 

Schedule

Sat 23 Nov

 

4:00 pm

Introduction to Annie & our Spiritual Programme Coordinator (SPC)

6:00 pm

Dinner

7:00 pm

Evening meditation

Sun 24 – Wed 27 Nov

 

6:45 am

Morning meditation

7:30 am

Breakfast

9:00–11:45 am

Yin yoga and pranayama

12:00 pm

Lunch

2:00 pm

Discussion & Q & A

2:30–4:30 pm

Yin yoga

4:30 pm

Break

5:00–5:45 pm

Meditation

6:00 pm

Dinner

7:00 pm

Evening meditation (27 Nov Pilgrimage to Mahabodhi Stupa)

 

Please note: This schedule is subject to change.

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:

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.