Composed by the renowned Kadampa geshe, Langri Tangpa (1054-1123), Eight Verses for Mind Training is a highly revered text from the Mahayana lojong (mind training) tradition, explaining the practices of method, or compassion, and wisdom. In eight short verses, these pithy instructions offer essential, practical advice òn how to tranform negatve thoughts and behaviour and to cultivate positive thoughts of love, compassion and wisdom.
The first seven verses deal with the method aspect of the path, such as compassion and bodhichitta, the altruistic aspiration to attain the state of a buddha, while the eighth verse deals with the wisdom aspect of the path, the understanding of emptiness. Each verse helps us to subdue our self-oriented behaviour and mental afflictions in order to radically transform our thoughts, attitudes and actions into ones that cherish and benefit others.
An Australian nun ordained by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1987, Ven. Ailsa Cameron has worked on the transcribing and editing of the teachings of Lama Zopa Rinpoche since 1984. She has taught lamrim and thought transformation courses in Australia, Nepal and other countries.
|Wednesday, Jan 10|
|1:15 pm onwards||Check-in|
|5:30 pm||Welcome by the Spiritual Programme Coordinator|
|7:00 pm||Course Introduction with Ven. Ailsa|
|Thursday, Jan 11 to Friday Nov 12|
|6:45 am||Morning meditation|
|9:00 am||Teachings with Ven. Ailsa|
|10:45 am||Teachings with Ven. Ailsa|
|2:00 pm||Teachings with Ven. Ailsa|
|4:00 pm||Discussion/ Q&A with Ven. Ailsa|
|7:00 pm||Evening meditation|
|Saturday, Nov 13|
|6:15 am||Morning meditation with Ven. Ailsa at Mahabodhi Stupa|
|9:00 am||Teachings with Ven. Ailsa|
|10:30 am||Final Teachings with Ven. Ailsa|
|12:00 noon||Big Lunch|
|2:00 pm||Film screening (Optional)|
Note: This schedule is subject to change.
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
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 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.