Spiritual programme

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Six-session Guru Yoga – With Geshe Rabga
From Tuesday, 14. January 2020
To Monday, 20. January 2020
Location : Main gompa
Vajradhara – Primordial Guru-Buddha
(courtesy of Buddhist Images Resource via Wikimedia Commons)

Within the Gelug tradition, the practice of Six-Session Guru Yoga is a daily commitment for anyone who has received an empowerment (initiation) of highest yoga tantra.

Please refer to our page on advanced courses & retreats to clarify the pre-requisites which apply to vajrayana practice in general. In addition, for this practice, the student must have taken tantric vows.

This course will provide an explanation on Six-Session Guru Yoga, a prayer and meditation practice which goes to the heart of the vajrayana (indestructible vehicle), the swift-method aspect of the mahayana (great vehicle) in which practitioners strive to attain enlightenment swiftly in order to lead all beings to that state.

Anyone who feels the need to refresh or deepen their understanding of the practice will find this course valuable.

As this is a vajrayana practice, participation is restricted to those with an appropriate tantric empowerment. If you are unsure whether you are qualified or not, please contact our Spiritual Programme Coordinator.

Schedule

Tue 14 Jan Welcome to Root Institute
4:00 pm Introduction to course by Spiritual Programme Coordinator (SPC)
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Evening Meditation
Wed 15 to Sun 19 Jan  
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 pm Lunch
1:45 pm Discussion groups
3:00 pm Break
3:30 pm Teachings with Geshe-la, questions & answers
5:00 pm Break
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Evening meditation
Mon 20 Jan  
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 pm Lunch
1:45 pm Discussion groups
3:00 pm Break
3:30 pm Last teachings with Geshe-la

 

Please note: This schedule is subject to change.

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.