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Lojong Plus Questions & Answers – With Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche
Saturday, 4. January 2020, 09:00am
To Sunday, 5. January 2020
Location : Main Gompa

Lojong plus Q & AIt is with great joy and gratitude that Root Institute will welcome Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche again this season, for two morning sessions after His Holiness's teachings.

Please join us!

Rinpoche's past incarnation had a strong connection with Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche and early FPMT students, which is continuing in this incarnation. We feel very honoured to again offer an occasion for students to meet and make a connection with Serkong Rinpoche.

Lojong – Mind Training

This is the quintessential practice of the bodhisattva way, where others are always put before oneself and all conditions, good or bad, are regarded as conducive to the path. Though conceptually simple, these practices are a great challenge to put into practice as they are the opposite of our ingrained habit of selfishness.

Questions & Answers

As these sessions will follow the teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Q&A session presents a golden opportunity for students, beginners or advanced, to seek practical guidance about how to apply the Buddha's teachings in everyday life or clarification of difficult points of philosophical view.

Rinpoche speaks good English, so the questions & answers will be direct, however will also be assisted by a translator when needed.

Schedule

Sat 4 Jan  
9:00 am Lojong teachings from Serkong Rinpoche
Sun 5 Jan  
9:00 am Q&A with Serkong Rinpoche

 

Please note: This schedule is subject to change.

These sessions are non-residential with drop-in participants (and donations) welcome. A simple registration process will be available closer to the time.

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!

General information about the spiritual programme

Our spiritual programme now runs from mid-September to mid-April.

On the appropriate dates in the Tibetan calendar year-round, however, we observe the standard pujas of the Gelug tradition and these are drop-in sessions which anyone can attend. If you are in Bodhgaya and would like to come along, please feel welcome to join us for:

  • Tara Puja
  • Medicine Buddha Puja
  • Guru Puja with Tsog
  • Protector Puja.

Unless otherwise indicated, registration is required for all events except:

If you wish to do a self-directed individual or group retreat separate from our spritual programme:

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 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.