Spiritual programme

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Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand – With Geshe Rabga
From Monday, 10. February 2020
To Friday, 20. March 2020
Location : Small Gompa
Pabongka Dechen Nyingpo
Pabongka Dechen Nyingpo
(Tibet Historical Society, 1932 via Wikimedia Commons)

This season’s Lam Rim Intensive will be based on the text, Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand, one of the best-known and most accessible presentations of Lam Rim.

It was composed by one of the greatest Tibetan scholar-yogis of the 20th Century, Second Pabongka Rinpoche, also known as Pabongka Dechen Nyingpo.

The text is based on his twenty-four day series of teachings given in 1921 to a large gathering of sangha members and laypeople that was a complete synthesis of all the Buddha's teachings, from notes taken by Trijang Rinpoche, who became His Holiness the Dalai Lama's junior tutor.

As with all lam rim texts, its structure leads the disciple through contemplations which expand their spiritual development from a state of small, to middling and, eventually, to great scope, the path of a bodhisattva.

This course will be led by our resident geshe, Geshe Ngawang Rabga, who teaches in Tibetan and will be supported by our experienced English translator & tutor, Matt Whiston.


Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays Teachings and review classes
10:00 am – 12:00 pm Teachings with Geshe Rabga
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Review classes with Matt Whiston, translator / tutor
5:15 pm – 6:45 pm Teachings with Geshe Rabga


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.