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Lama Tsongkhapa Jenang – With Dagri Rinpoche
Sunday, 6. January 2019, 09:30am - 04:00pm
Location : Main gompa
Lama Tsongkhapa
Lama Tsongkhapa with his two chief disciples

Renowned lama, Dagri Rinpoche, has kindly accepted our invitation to confer Lama Tsongkhapa Jenang (Initiation).

It is aimed especially for those who plan to undertake a Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga Retreat, for whom Root Institute has also organised a group retreat, 14 January – 11 February 2019.

Because this is a vajrayana practice, the pre-requisite is a good understanding of the Buddha's sutrayana teachings.

The jengang will include preliminaries of:

Schedule – Sunday 6 January

9:30–11:30 am Lama Tsongkhapa Jenang
noon–2:00 pm Lunch – when registering, tell us if you plan to take lunch
2:00–4:00 pm Practice instructions on Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga

Note: This schedule is subject to change.

Attending this initiation will be on a suggested donation basis.

All together, Rinpoche will be conferring:

but you only need to send through one registration request for all Rinpoche's teachings.

Rinpoche's sessions are non-residential (and we are expecting quite a few drop-in participants), so we have a very simple registration process (via the above button), but please fill out these other forms, too, if you also need to:

Lama Tsongkhapa Jenang – Dagri Rinpoche
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.