Spiritual programme

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Introduction to Buddhism – How We Enter Samsara – With Geshe Rabga
From Tuesday, 1. October 2019
To Monday, 7. October 2019
Location : Main Gompa
Buddhist Wheel of Life
Buddhist Wheel of Life
Symbolising the process of migration from life to life propelled by actions born of mental afflictions.
(Khachoe Ghakyil Ling, Kathmandu, Nepal. Photo by Piero Sirianni.)

Understanding the 12 links of dependent origination

  • How do mental afflictions cause unwanted suffering?

  • How can we apply antidotes to these disturbing emotions?

  • Can we become completely free of them and attain liberation and enlightenment?

This course will be an opportunity to understand the Buddha's answers to these questions, by becoming familiar with the nature of the afflictions of the mind (attachment, aversion and ignorance) and their antidotes in Buddha Dharma.

The thorough development of these antidotes enables one to eliminate samsara (cyclic existence), and to achieve the ultimate happiness of full enlightenment (nirvana) through generating bodhicitta (a sense of universal responsibility) and the view of emptiness (ultimate reality).

These points will be explained in the context of the Lam Rim (Graduated Path to Enlightenment).

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.


Tues 1 Oct  
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
Wed 2 Oct to Sun 6 Oct  
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
Mon 7 Oct  
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.