A ten-day – almost full silence – intermediate retreat led by Venerable Lobsang Namgyel, including teachings on the Lam Rim combined with Medicine Buddha practice.
The format includes teachings, group discussions, guided meditations, stretching, and pilgrimage to the Mahabodhi Stupa for inspiration and blessings.
Ven. Namgyel is a senior Western monk, with an array of life experiences and a unique, friendly and humorous style which makes students feel comfortable from the start.
The Medicine Buddha is a very powerful practice for healing, purification and success in our spiritual path and in our daily lives.
When we recite the mantra of the Medicine Buddha, we collect unbelievable merit. If you recite the mantra every day, the Buddhas and bodhisattvas will always pay attention and guide you. Your negative karmas will be cleansed and you will never to be born in the three lower realms. Even just hearing the names of the eight Medicine Buddhas pacifies diseases and spirits harms. This practice is especially beneficial if you are doing healing work, if you have a physical condition or if someone you know or love is suffering, this practice can be done for them, in their behalf.
The Lam Rim is the graduated path to enlightenment, it involves all the important points of the practice and philosophy of Tibetan Buddhism. Combining the Medicine Buddha with the Lam Rim will provide students the necessary foundational understanding to deepen their experience on the Medicine Buddha practice.
|Sun 2 Dec
|4:00 pm||Welcome / introduction to meditation|
|7:00 pm||First teachings with Ven. Namgyel|
|Mon 3 – Mon 10 Dec
|6:45 am||Morning meditation|
|9:00 am||Medicine Buddha Practice &tTeachings with Ven. Namgyel (with a break)|
|2:00 pm||Discussion group|
|3:30 pm||Session with Ven. Namgyel (with a break)|
|7:00 pm||Evening meditation (Pilgrimage to Mahabodhi Stupa alternate days to be announced)|
|Tue 11 Dec|
|6:45 am||Morning meditation|
|9:00 am||Last Medicine Buddha practice & teachings with Ven. Namgyel (with a break)|
|11:00 am||Root Institute tour|
|12:00 noon||Big Love Lunch|
|1:00 pm||Feedback from the group|
Last day finishes with group lunch. Please 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.