Ven. Namgyel is a Western senior monk, with an array of life experiences and a unique, friendly and humorous style which makes students feel comfortable from the start. His western view of Buddhism allows students to understand the Buddhist Psychology in a very experiential manner.
Tara represents the wisdom and compassion of all the enlightened beings in a female form.The Buddha Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of compassion, wept with compassion as he looked out onto the world and observed the depth of suffering experienced by all sentient beings. It was from a single tear that Tara, female Buddha of enlightened activity, was born. Tara, whose name means "she who ferries across", can be seen stepping out in immediate readiness to assist any sentient being who is suffering. Meditating on Tara is a very powerful way to identify and connect with our own inner potential for wisdom and compassion. It also helps to eliminate obstacles to the spiritual path and to being able to work for others.
The lam-rim contains every single teaching of the Buddha. Even one syllable of a lam-rim teaching can be seen by the practitioner striving to achieve enlightenment as a personal instruction. The goal to study and understand the lam-rim is to tame the mind, because your heart and mind are the creators of all the suffering. When you transform your heart, you are the creator of your happiness and peace, liberation and enlightenment.
This retreat serves as either an introduction to Buddhism or as a complementary course for those who have already attended an introductory course and would like to deepen their knowledge of Buddhism. The retreat will include mindfulness meditations, Buddhist philosophy classes, Green Tara practices group discussions and pilgrimage to the Mahabodhi Stupa for blessings and inspiration on alternate evening sessions.
This retreat will include full days in silence.
|Sat 3 Nov|
|4.00 pm||Introduction to course by Spiritual Programme Coordinator (SPC)|
|7.00 pm||First session with Venerable Namgyel|
|Sun 4 – Thu 8 Nov|
|6.45 am||Morning meditation|
|9.00 am||Session with Venerable Namgyel (with tea break)|
|2.00 pm||Discussion groups|
|3.30 pm||Session with Venerable Namgyel (with tea break)|
|7.00 pm||Evening meditation/Pilgrimage to Mahabodhi Stupa
(alternate days to be announced)
|Fri 9 Nov|
|6.45 am||Morning meditation|
|9.00 am||Last Session with Ven. Namgyel (with tea break)|
|12:00 noon||Big Love Lunch|
Note: This schedule is subject to change.
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.