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The Path to Happiness – With Shanti Yajnik
From Saturday, 21. October 2023
To Tuesday, 24. October 2023
 

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Welcome to a transformative retreat dedicated to the profound Buddhist teachings of the Four Immeasurables, imparted by the enlightened Lord Buddha himself. We invite you to embark on a path of awakening and compassionate engagement with the world.
The Four Immeasurables, also known as the Chatvari Brahma Viharas, represent the sublime qualities that Mahayana practitioners aspire to cultivate: boundless love (maitri), immeasurable compassion (karuna), empathetic joy (mudita), and equanimity (upeksha). These teachings serve as the heart of the Mahayana tradition, guiding us towards the realization of our innate Buddha nature and the ultimate goal of benefiting all sentient beings.
In this retreat, we will explore the depth and significance of these teachings, providing you with comprehensive understanding and practical methods to integrate them into your daily life. Through guided meditations, contemplative practices, and insightful teachings, you will learn to nurture immeasurable love that embraces all beings, develop unwavering compassion that alleviates suffering, rejoice in the joy and success of others, and cultivate equanimity that transcends the dualities of existence.
Drawing from the wisdom of both Mahayana masters and the original teachings of Lord Buddha, you will receive guidance on how to embody these transformative qualities in your interactions with others and in service to the world. Together, we will create a supportive and nurturing space for personal growth and the cultivation of bodhisattva aspirations.
Join us on this illuminating retreat, open to all who seek to deepen their understanding of Mahayana Buddhism and integrate its profound principles into their lives. Embrace the path of compassion, wisdom, and altruistic engagement as we journey towards the realisation of our interconnectedness and the liberation of all beings.
Enrol now and embark on a transformative journey which aligns your life with the compassionate spirit of Buddhism. Let the Four Immeasurables be your guiding light as you manifest love, compassion, joy, and equanimity for the benefit of all.

Course leader

Shanti served as the director of the FPMT Centre in Bangalore, Choe Khor Sum Ling for nearly eight years and has attended numerous teachings from highly esteemed Buddhist teachers, including His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Shanti la recently completed the Nalanda Masters Course on Buddhist Philosophy under the guidance of Ven. Geshe Dorji Damdul at Tibet House, New Delhi. 

Shanti is also a software engineer with over twenty two years of experience in the industry and currently lives in Bangalore, India.

 

Schedule

Sat Oct 21  
5:30 pm Welcome to the course by the Spiritual Programme Coordinator
6:00 pm Dinner/Supper
7:00 pm Evening Meditation
   
Sun Oct 22 – Mon Oct 23  
6:45 am Morning meditation
7:30 am Breakfast 
9:00 am Teachings with with Shanti la
10:15 am Break
10:45 am Teachings with Shanti la
12:00 noon Lunch
2:00 pm Teachings with Shanti la
3:30 pm Break
4:00 pm Discussion and Q&A with Shanti la
6:00 pm Supper
7:00 pm Evening meditation 
   
Tue Oct 24  
6:15 am  Morning meditation with Shanti la at Mahabodhi Stupa
7:30 am Breakfast – takeaway picnic
8:30 am Final Teachings with Shanti la at Mahabodhi Stupa
10:00 am Break
10:30 am Tour of Root Institute and introduction to the charitible projects – Maitreya School, Shakyamuni Buddha Clinic and the Stupa Garden
12:00 noon Big Lunch
2:00 pm Film screening on Lama Zopa Rinpoche
   

 

Note: This schedule is subject to change.

Please note: Participants are expected maintain silence between supper and lunch

If you’re arriving before your check-in day or staying on after your check-out day, please book these in advance to secure them with our reception team: . If you arrive early or have a late departure, you are welcome to keep your luggage by the office

 

 
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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