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Developing a Good Heart – With Geshema Chokyi
From Wednesday, 11. March 2020
To Sunday, 15. March 2020
Location : Main gompa
Love and the good heart
Image by John Hain from Pixabay; altered

Buddhist conduct involves great compassion for all living beings. If we have compassion in our heart and our actions come from that compassion, it is impossible for us to harm other living beings. Since we have compassion for others, our actions benefit rather than harm them.

There is not one living being who wants to receive harm – not even one. The fundamental practice of all religions, not only Buddhism, is to abandon harming others and practice compassion, in a few words, to develop a good heart. This is the essence of all the various religions, Muslims, Christian, Hindu or Buddhist; the essential point is not to harm others and to generate compassion for others.

By developing a good heart, we will give happiness to others, and we will also certainly obtain happiness for ourselves.

This course will elaborate on reasonings and give time to practice meditation techniques which cultivate a good heart.


This course will be led by Geshema Chokyi, a recent graduate of Khachoe Ghakyil Ling, commonly known as "Kopan Nunnery" near Kathmandu, Nepal. Geshema-la will teach in Tibetan and will be supported by an experienced English translator.

Format of the course will incorporate:

  • Dharma teachings
  • group discussions, and
  • guided meditations.


Wed 11 Mar  
4:00 pm Introduction by Spiritual Programme Coordinator (SPC)
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm First teachings
Tue 12 to Sat 14 Mar  
6:45 am Guided meditation
7:30 am Breakfast
9:00 am Teachings
10:30 am Tea break
11:00 am Teachings
12:00 noon Lunch
2:00 pm Discussion groups
3:00 pm Tea break
3:30 pm Teachings
5:00 pm Break
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Guided meditation
Sun 15 Mar  
6:45 am Morning meditation
7:30 am Breakfast
9:00 am Last teachings
10:30 am Break
11:00 am Root Institute's video screening and interaction with RI's Generosity Officer
12:00 noon Lunch


Please note: This schedule is subject to change.

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

The span of our spiritual programme is approximately six months – the last few months of one year and the early months of the next – during the cooler season in Bodhgaya..

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.