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Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment – with Geshe Tenzin Zopa
From Thursday, 21. December 2023 -  01:15pm
To Wednesday, 27. December 2023 - 11:30am

Lama AtishaAtisha Dipankara Srijnana

Geshe Tenzin Zopa will teach on this seminal text, a commentary on Maitreya’s Ornament for Clear Realisation, composed by the great Indian pandit and yogi, Atisha Dipamkara Srijnana (982 – 1054). 

Lama Atisha was responsible for the second dissemination of Buddhism in Tibet in the 11th century, formative for the Kadampa and subsequently the Gelugpa traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. He extracted the essence of all 84,000 teachings of the Buddha and organised them into clear steps, known as the lamrim, or stages of the path to enlightenment, which sets forth the entire Buddhist path within the framework of the three levels of motivation on the part of the practitioner. This text became the source of the lamrim tradition, incorporated within all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

This course will include pilgrimages to Mahabodhi Stupa, Vultures Peak and Nalanda

Geshe Tenzin Zopa  

geshe tenzin zopa

Geshe Tenzin Zopa holds the honoured Geshe (Doctorate) degree from Sera Jey monastic university, South India. He was born in the remote Himalayan region of Tsum valley in Nepal and was ordained at the age of 9 in Kopan monastery by the late Great Mahasiddha Geshe Lama Konchog. He received novice ordination from Geshe Lundrup Rinpoche and full ordination from His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Geshe la was under the direct tutelage of Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Khensur Rinpoche Lama Lundrup Rigsel, Geshe Lama Konchog and eminent gurus including those from Sera Jey monastic university, H.E. the 104th Ganden Tri Rinpoche Losang Tenzin, the 70th abbot of Sera Jey, Khensur Losang Tsering Rinpoche and the 76th abbot of Sera Jey, Logoan Tulku Tenzin Jampa Choesang Rinpoche. 

Geshe la possesses vast scriptural knowledge, holds many rare transmissions and initiations lineages, has completed many retreats, has extensive teaching experience and is skilled in rituals and astrology. He is the principal and focal point of the award winning documentary film ‘Unmistaken Child’ which chronicles the search for the reincarnation of his teacher, Geshe Lama Konchog. He is currently taking responsibility of overseeing the overall wellbeing of Tulku Tenzin Phuntsok Rinpoche, the reincarnation of Geshe Lama Konchog. 

Geshe la has frequently taken part as a speaker at numerous Buddhist interfaith and peace dialogue conferences for many years. He has taught at Oxford University in the UK under a ‘Visitorship for Traditional Scholars’ in the Tibetan and Himalayan studies program. 

He has been actively teaching in FPMT centres since 2000 as a visiting and resident teacher and is now a touring teacher for FPMT. Geshe la is also currently on the board of directors for The Foundation for Developing Compassion and Wisdom (FDWC).



Thurs, Dec 21  
1:15 pm onwards Check-in
5:00 pm Introduction to the Retreat by Spiritual Programme Coordinator (SPC) 
6:00 pm Supper
Fri, Dec 22 to Tues, Dec 25  
6:45 am Morning Practice
7:30 am Breakfast
9:00 am Teachings with Geshe Zopa
10:15 am Tea break 
10:45 am Teachings with Geshe Zopa
12:00 noon Lunch
2:00 pm Teachings with Geshe Zopa
3:30 pm Tea break 
4:00 pm Teachings with Geshe Zopa
6:00 pm Supper
7:00 Evening Meditation
Wed, Dec 26 Pilgrimage to Vultures Peak and Nalanda
Thurs, Dec 27  
6:45 am Morning meditation
7:30 am Breakfast
8:30 am Room check-out before the last teachings 
9:00 am Teaching with Geshe Zopa
10:15 am Break
10:30 am Teaching with Geshe Zopa
12:00 noon Big Lunch
2:00 pm Tour of Root Institute and introduction to the charitable projects – Maitreya school, Shakyamuni Buddha Clinic and the Stupa Garden.


Please note: This schedule is subject to change.

Course / retreat discipline

Students are most welcome to apply for individual or groups retreats here. To make the most of this special time, we would like to suggest the following:

  • It is good to settle all outside communication before you begin your retreat. Telling friends and family that you will be out of contact for the duration will significantly help to reduce distractions. Likewise, settling your travel arrangements, etc. before you come to Root Institute is highly advisable.

  • To maintain a healthy, calm, clear mind, observing silence will also bring you the mental space most conducive to retreat.

  • Practicing Dharma is a source of happiness, so rejoice in your efforts!

  • Thank you for thinking of Root Institute as your place for retreat. We will do our best to support you!

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 follow His Holiness the Dalai Lama's advice and support his work, we do not share our materials and facilities with those who knowingly continue to practice Shugden against his advice.

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