Spiritual programme

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Introduction to Buddhism – Seven-Point Mind Training & Yoga – With Ven. Olivier & Annie McGhee
From Wednesday, 23. October 2019
To Friday, 1. November 2019
Location : Main Gompa
Chekawa Yeshe Dorje
Kadampa Geshe Chekawa Yeshe Dorje – Author of Seven-Point Mind Training
(via Wikimedia Commons)

Mind training is a theme of Mahayana teachings that the very essence of the Dharma path is to transform one's attitude from instinctive self-cherishing to genuinely always putting others first, and that there are no actual obstacles to practice, as every difficulty can be viewed with the right perspective as a blessing and a boost to one's practice. Intellectually these teachings are very easy to understand, but we all know that's not easy to do. Thus mind training is considered the quintessence of the path to Buddhahood.

Seven-Point Mind Training is one of the most influential works of mind training composed in Tibet. This very succinct text was composed by Chekawa Yeshe Dorje (1101–1175) according to the Kadampa tradition of Atisha Dīpaṃkara. Through such texts, Atisha's teachings suffused throughout all traditions of Tibetan Buddhism to come down to us today.

The seven points cover:

  1. preliminaries
  2. main practice
  3. transformation of adversity
  4. life-long application of the practice
  5. measures of progress
  6. commitments
  7. precepts.

Format of the course will incorporate:

  • Dharma teachings
  • group discussions
  • yoga sessions, and
  • guided meditations.


Wed 23rd Oct Welcome to Root Institute
4:00 pm Introduction to course by Spiritual Programme Coordinator (SPC)
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Evening Meditation
Thu 24 & Thu 31 Oct   
6:00 am Morning meditation
7:00 am Breakfast
8:00 am Yoga session
9:00 am Break
10:00 am Teachings with Venerable Olivier
12:00 pm Lunch
2:00 pm Discussion groups
3:00 pm Break
4:00 pm Teachings with Venerable Olivier
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Evening meditation
Fri 1 Nov  
6:45 am Morning meditation
7:30 am Breakfast
8:30 am Yoga session
9:30 am Break
10:00 am Teachings with Venerable Olivier
12:00 pm Lunch
2:15 pm Discussion groups
3:15 pm Break
4:00 pm Last Teachings with Venerable Olivier


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.