The skillful and compassionate Shakyamuni Buddha taught diverse types of teachings within a collection of 84,000 scriptures for the diverse mental dispositions and spiritual inclinations of his listeners. The essence of all these teachings is presented in such excellent treatises as Atisha’s Lamp for the Path, which presents the systematic approach of an individual on the path to enlightenment.
With this as a basis, Lama Tsong Khapa (1357-1419) composed three versions of lam-rim texts: an extensive version, a medium-length version and the text we are studying, the Short Exposition of the Stages of the Path, which is also called Lines of Experience or Songs of Spiritual Experience.
The instructions on Lamrim have their origin in the Prajnaparamita Sutras. The root text of the Lamrim is regarded as being Maitreya's Abhisamayalankara (The Ornament of Clear Realizations), especially the section dealing with what is known as the "serial training" in the sixth chapter of the text. This work categorizes all the various stages of the spiritual journey to full enlightenment by a prospective bodhisattva.
An introductory video is here: https://youtu.be/KxwjFUIcqqc
Participation is by registration, here.
There will be material for beginners and more advanced students too.
Venerable Lobsang Jamyang (Olivier Rossi)
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!
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.