Spiritual programme

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The Two Truths – With With Ven. Michael Yeshe
Tuesday, 22. October 2019
Location : Main Gompa
Nagarjuna statue at Root Institute
Our statue of Nagarjuna – great sage who propounded the Buddha's Middle Way teachings


The two truths – conventional and ultimate – are profound subjects in Buddhist Middle Way philosophy. These teachings will introduce the topic in a very approachable way suitable for beginners with an interest in Buddhist philosphy.

While the conventional truth of a being migrating through cyclic existence is impermanence and suffering, the ultimate truth of such a being is selflessness and emptiness, and these are the keys to liberation and nirvana.

This ultimate truth of the mind of migratory beings is not different from the ultimate truth of the fully enlightened Buddha's mind, therefore this truth in relation to limited beings is referred to as Buddha nature.

At the beginning, these subjects are quite challenging but, with discussion, analysis and contemplation, the two truths can be understood as complementary, not contradictory, and mutually dependent.


This one-day course will be taught by Ven. Michael Yeshe, a Western monk who was raised from childhood at Kopan Monastery in Nepal, and is a disciple of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche.


Thu 22 Oct   
6:45 am Morning meditation
7:30 am Breakfast
8:30 am Teachings with Ven. Michael
10:00 am Break
10:30 am Teachings with Ven. Michael
12:00 pm Lunch
2:00 pm Teachings with Ven. Michael
3:30 pm Break
4:00 pm Sunset Yoga
5:15 pm Break
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Questions and answers with with Ven. Michael  

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.