Spiritual programme

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His Holiness's Programme
From Saturday, 28. December 2019 -  08:30am
To Friday, 3. January 2020 - 11:30pm
Location : Kalachakra Maidan, Bodhgaya
His Holiness the Dalai Lama
His Holiness teaching in Bodhgaya

A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life
(Sanskrit: Bodhicaryavatara)

  • 28-29 Dec mornings: Teachings on Shantideva's Guide to the Boddhisattva's Way of Life


Avalokiteshvera Initiation

  • 30 Dec morning: Avalokiteshvera Initiation


Long Life offering puja

  • 31 Dec morning: Offering long life puja for His Holiness


The Wheel of Teachings on Manjushri Empowerments
(Tibetan: Jamyang Choekhor)

  • 2-3 Jan mornings: Concluding the empowerment series begun in Bodhgaya, December 2018

  • According to advice from lamas at Sera-je:

    • Attendance at last year's beginning empowerments is not a pre-requisite for participation.

    • Within the remaining initiations, however, there are some that belong to the class of highest yoga tantra and some are jenangs (subsequent permission initiations). This means one would need to have taken a full initiation (wang) of highest yoga tantra to be able to participate. This wouldn’t necessarily have to be solitary hero Yamantaka as His Holiness gave last year. It could be any highest yoga tantra deity.

  • This advice would be superseded by any advice which comes directly from His Holiness's office, i.e. the vajra master’s word takes precedence over what may be in the traditional commentaries.


How to get a teaching pass

A place to stay

  • Root Institute is organising extra accommodation for the influx of attendees. No need to inform us if you are attending His Holiness's teachings, but make sure you contact us early to book your stay.

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.