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Dorje Khadro Retreat – With Ven. Thupten Dolkar
From Monday, 4. February 2019
To Thursday, 28. February 2019
Location : Stupa Garden of Compassion

This retreat has the aim to offer Dharma practitioners the opportunity to complete individually their 100,000 ngongro (preliminary practice) Dorje Khadro fire puja commitment but that goal is not required. If the scheduled duration is not sufficient to complete 100,000, those retreatants who wish to continue will be supported to do so.

Venerable Thupten Dolkar, an experienced meditation leader and sangha member, will be leading this retreat, with the support of Root Institute assistants.

This retreat will actually start on the very auspicious and multiplying day of Losar: 5th February 2019, presenting an incomparably special opportunity to engage in a deep purification practice supported by devoted practitioners at the holiest place for Buddhists. 


Offering the burning puja to Dorje Khadro is one of the very profound practices for purification, regarded as a golden Dharma, a precious one.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche

About the practice

Making burning offerings to Dorje Khadro (Vajradaka) is considered to be "a golden Dharma" passed directly from Manjushri to Lama Tsongkhapa. It was one of Lama Tsongkhapa's heart practices and, as such, has a special connection with the Gelug lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. The practice of Dorje Khadro comes highly praised for its power to purify negative karma in general, but especially for its ability to purify obstacles caused by broken vows and samaya related to highest yoga tantra. It also assists us in assembling the most conducive conditions for success in long retreats. This practice is encouraged as a powerful way to help those who are sick or dying and as a method to readily clear the mind of challenging disturbing emotions. 

In order to participate in this retreat, you must:

  • Have taken refuge in the Three Jewels – Buddha, Dharma and Sangha – and follow the Buddhist path
  • Have some knowledge of Buddhism
  • Come with a strong determination and enthusiasm to complete the retreat
  • Not necessarily have received any initiation
  • Not suffer from severe psychological or psychiatric disorders.


Practical Information

For information about staying at Root Institute please visit our page, being here – features of your stay.

Retreat environment

To enhance a focused and contemplative atmosphere, this retreat will be held at our nearby retreat place – Stupa Garden of Compassion – which can accommodate 12, offering a peaceful environment to ensure participants the possibility to "retreat" in Bodhgaya. Participants must stay at the retreat place to ensure a supportive environment for the group. Outside accommodation options for this retreat are not a possibility. The Stupa Garden of Compassion offers a small gompa and a shaded veranda.


Mon 4 Feb Welcome to Root Institute
4.00 pm Introduction to retreat by Spiritual Programme Coordinator (SPC)
6.00 pm Dinner
Tue 5 – Wed 27 Feb  
6.00 am Lama Choepa practice (optional)
7.30 am Breakfast
9.00 am 1 – Dorje Khadro Session 
10.30 am Break
11.00 am 2 – Dorje Khadro Session 
12.30 noon Lunch
2.30 pm 3 - Dorje Khadro Session
4.00 pm Break
4.30 pm 4 - Dorje Khadro Session
6:00 pm Dinner
Thu 28 Feb  
6.30 am Lama Choepa practice (optional)
7.30 am Breakfast
9.00 am Dedication prayers at Mahabodhi Stupa / End of retreat


Note: This schedule is subject to change.


Express interest & find out more

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!

General information about the spiritual programme

Our spiritual programme now runs from mid-September to mid-April.

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.