Spiritual programme

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Cultivating Bodhicitta – With Geshe Rabga
From Saturday, 25. January 2020
To Wednesday, 29. January 2020
Location : Main gompa

white lotus bloom Bodhicitta may be translated as "awakening mind" or "mind of enlightenment" and has two aspects: conventional and ultimate.

Conventional bodhicitta, based on an understanding of the unsatisfactory nature of cyclic existence, is an expansive mind which takes into consideration the situation of others, all others, who are experiencing suffering just as we ourselves are.

Cultivating bodhicitta in this sense is the process of opening one's heart to others, and developing loving concern for their situation. The cultimination of this training is actually caring more for other beings, individually and collectively, than for oneself. When this becomes the spontaneous and effortless motivation for all one's activities, totally overcoming and replacing self-cherishing, then one engages in the deeds of a bodhisattva which lead to Buddhahood for the welfare of all.

Ultimate bodhicitta is the development of "right view" to correct the innate distorted view which is the very basis of all one's emotional difficulties. Though disturbing emotions arise instinctively and spontaneously, they can be steadily weakened through persistent practice of Dharma study, logical reasoning and meditation. Ultimate bodhicitta is the actual force which liberates the mind.

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.

Schedule

Sat 25 Jan  
4:00 pm Welcome to Root Institute & introduction to course by Spiritual Programme Coordinator (SPC)
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Evening meditation
Sun 26 to Tue 28 Jan  
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 & answers
5:00 pm Break
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Evening meditation
Wed 29 Jan  
6:45 am Morning meditation
7:30 am Breakfast
8:30 am Teachings with Geshe-la
10:00 am Break
10:30 am Last teachings with Geshe-la
12:00 pm Lunch
12:50 pm Social Program Tour with Generosity Officer. Meet in front of the main gompa.

 

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.