Spiritual programme

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Introduction to Buddhism – Taking Refuge & Developing Compassion – With Geshe Rabga
From Friday, 20. September 2019
To Thursday, 26. September 2019
Location : Main gompa
three jewels
Emblem of the Three Jewels of Refuge
(via Wikimedia Commons; altered
 courtesy of © Christopher J. Fynn / CC BY-SA 4.0)

This course will explain how to cultivate these two vital spiritual developments of the Mahayana or Great Vehicle, as practised in Tibetan Buddhism:

  • Refuge in the Three Jewels – Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha – based on a reasoned fear of uncontrolled suffering in cyclic existence, and the capacity of the Three Jewels to guide us to the freedom of nirvana.

  • The compassionate realisation that all beings are equal to oneself in suffering in their own uncontrollable cyclic existence, thus one should work for complete enlightenment in order to lead them all to liberation and complete enlightenment also.

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.

Format of the course will incorporate:

  • Dharma teachings
  • group discussions, and
  • guided meditations

Please maintain NOBLE SILENCE during the course, except for group discussions and interaction with the teacher.

 

Schedule

Fri 20 Sep  
4:00 pm Welcome to Root Institute
Introduction to the course by Spiritual Programme Coordinator (SPC)
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Evening Meditation
Sat 21 to Wed 25 Sep  
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 and answers
5:00 pm Break
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Evening meditation
Thu 26 Sep  
6:45 am Morning meditation
7:30 am Breakfast
8:30 am Teachings with Geshe-la
10:00 am Break
10:30 am Visit Root Institute's social projects 
12:00 pm Big lunch
 2:00 pm Film Screening and interaction with RI's Generosity Officer 
   

 

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.