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Lam Rim and Mind Training – Taking Inspiration from Lama Chopa – With Geshe Rabga
From Wednesday, 11. December 2019
To Tuesday, 17. December 2019
Location : Main gompa
Lama Chopa merit field
Lama Chopa Merit Field (photo: Bob Cayton)

There are many traditional text sources for teachings on Lam Rim, the graduated path to enlightenment.

In this course, the teachings will be based on the Stages of the Path prayer within the great liturgical text, Lama Chopa. Although Lama Chopa practice in its entirety belongs to the highest class of tantra, this prayer covers the foundational sutra teachings of the Buddha in a sequence optimised for practice and so these teachings are open to everyone.

This extensive, inspiring prayer also contains powerful verses on the practice of mind training and the six perfections of the bodhisattva's way.

The author, Panchen Losang Chokyi Gyaltsen, was consider the 4th Panchen Lama, incarnation of Khedrup-je, one of the two main disciples of Lama Tsongkhapa, and his acknowledged personal lineage is traced back to Subhuti, disciple of Shakyamuni Buddha.

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.

Beginners may find some concepts a little challenging to understand. If you are in this category, you may like to prepare by way of reading or listening to online teachings.

Format of the course will incorporate:

  • Dharma teachings
  • group discussions, and
  • guided meditations.

Schedule

Wed 11 Dec Welcome to Root Institute
4:00 pm Introduction to course by Spiritual Programme Coordinator (SPC)
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Evening Meditation
Thu 12 to Mon 16 Dec  
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 and answers
5:00 pm Break
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Evening meditation
Tue 17 Dec  
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 Last Teachings with Geshe-la

 

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!

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.