Root Institute is located in Bodhgaya within the state of Bihar, one of the poorest states in India and available services reflect this.

If you are coming to participate in one of our courses or retreats and, in accord with the Guidelines of behaviour in a Dharma environment, you agree not to leave Root Institute property for the full duration of that course or retreat, we ask you to prepare everything you can reasonably expect to need for the duration.

Be prepared

  • You will need a photocopy of your passport, visa and a passport size photo. This is required on arrival.

  • Your donation: For courses and group retreats, students are required to pay their donation before the start. You can pay with Indian rupees or foreign currency but please note, we cannot give change if payment is made with the latter. (We are going to implement credit/debit card donation, but this is not yet in place.)

  • Please bring your own bath towel, toiletries, and any medicines you need.

  • A torch and batteries to use during power cuts (usually we quickly start the generator and switch over to it, but a torch will help in the meantime).

  • If you feel the need for clock, it’s helpful to bring one which is digital, i.e. which does not tick.

  • Ear plugs – to ensure a peaceful sleep regardless of any noise in the neighbourhood.

  • Your own water bottle. We have filtered water available day and night but we do ask people to refrain from keeping our mugs in their rooms.

  • Warm clothing if you are residing with us during the months of November to January.

Please note: Toiletries such as shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, toilet paper, razors and deodorant are inexpensive and readily available in Bodhgaya. Tampons are not available.

During courses or retreats

  • Please do not bring any musical instruments, cameras, MP3 players, laptops / tablets / kindles or mobile phones, as you will be asked not to use them while you are here. If you do bring them, you will be requested to deposit them in our safe along with any valuables you would like us to keep secure for the duration of your course or retreat.

  • Please do not use your mobile phone as an alarm clock. There will always be a temptation to use it (even if you promise to remove the SIM card) and it can be distracting to other students. Please do not put staff in an uncomfortable position by asking to retain your phone or audio/visual equipment.

  • We also ask that you only read books about Buddhism while you are here to help you stay focused on the ideas presented in the course, so you won’t need any extra non-Dharma books.