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Bodhicitta Retreat – With Geshe Dorji Damdul
From Monday, 26. October 2020
To Sunday, 1. November 2020
Location : Main Gompa

Every year Geshe Dorji Damdul, Director of Tibet House in New Delhi, and one of the official translators for His Holiness 14th Dalai Lama, comes to Root Institute to lead his signature Bodhichitta Retreat. Geshe-la has a highly energetic and engaging teaching style that covers the more complex topics of emptiness, tenets, relative and ultimate reality, and bodhichitta. 

Geshe Damdul is an eminent scholar, illustrious teacher, author and pioneer in the renaissance of the Nalanda Buddhist Philosophy. He has written several important papers for National and International Conferences. He is widely known for his inimitable proficiency and interest in science and Buddhism alike. He is praised for his eloquent, insightful and powerful teaching style.

This retreat is extremely popular among all students – beginners, intermediate and long-term practitioners. If you consider yourself a beginner, we suggest prior reading and preparation; these Lam Rim guided meditations – PDF – by Ven. Thubten Chodron would serve as a helpful resource.

The retreat will include:

  • maintaining silence daily from 8:30 pm through to breakfast next day
  • teachings, practices and meditations guided by Geshe-la
  • discussion groups
  • Geshe-la conferring the aspiring bodhisattva vows at the Mahabodhi Stupa (schedule TBA)
  • Geshe-la leading a pilgrimage to Rajgir – Vulture's Peak and Nalanda (schedule TBA).


Mon 26  
2:30 pm

Introduction to the Retreat by Spiritual Programme Coordinator (SPC) 

7:00 pm Orientation session with Geshe Damdul
Tue 27 – Sat 31 Oct  
6:00 am Morning Practice (prostrations and meditations) with Geshe Damdul
7:45 am Breakfast
9:00 am Teachings with Geshe Damdul
10:30 am Tea break and group discussion
11:30 am Teachings with Geshe Damdul
12:30 pm Lunch
2:30 pm Teachings with Geshe Damdul
4:00 pm Tea break and group discussion
5:00 pm Sitting meditation & dedication prayers
6:00 pm Supper
7:00–8:30 pm Group discussion (optional)
Sun 1 Nov  
6:00 am Morning practice (prostrations and meditations) with Geshe Damdul
7:45 am Breakfast
9:00 am Last teachings with Geshe Damdul
12:30 pm Lunch
2:00 pm Tour of Root Institute's social service projects


Please note: This schedule is subject to change.