Spiritual programme

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Introduction to Buddhism – Mind, Meditation & the Meaning of Life – With David Marks
From Tuesday, 12. November 2019
To Saturday, 16. November 2019
Location : Main gompa

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Buddha said that mind is the creator of everything – all that is good comes from the mind, all that is bad comes from the mind.

What does this really mean?

During this course we will explore what mind is, how it works, and how it can be transformed in a positive way so we can experience lasting inner peace and true happiness.

The course will be led by David Marks, an Australian senior student of Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

Format of the course will incorporate:

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


Tues 12 Nov  
4.00 pm Introduction to course by Spiritual Programme Coordinator (SPC)
6.00pm Dinner
7.00pm Meditation
Wed 13 to Fri 15 Nov  
6.45am Morning meditation
7.30am Breakfast
9.00am Teaching
10.15am Break
10.45am Teaching
12.00pm Lunch
2.00pm Discussion groups
3.00pm Break
4.00 pm Sunset Yoga
5:30pm Break
6:00pm Dinner
7.00pm Teaching / Evening meditation
Sat 16 Nov  
6.45am Morning meditation
7.30am Breakfast
9.00am Teachings
10.15am Break
10.40am Last teaching
12:00pm Big Lunch
2:00pm Visit to social projects

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.