This course will be led by renowned senior FPMT Australian nun, Ven. Robina Courtin.
Venerable Robina is acclaimed for her unique, down-to-earth and intense teaching style. Moreover, this course is inspired by her knowledge of the Buddha Dharma's practical approach to life, and to death (one's own and that of those we love), gained by editing a compilation of Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche's teachings on this subject: How to Enjoy Death – Preparing to Meet Life's Final Challenge without Fear.
This course serves as either an introduction to Buddhism, or as an opportunity for those who have already attended an introductory course who would like to deepen their knowledge of the Buddhist approach to death and dying.
The format will include meditation, Buddhist philosophy classes, group discussions and pilgrimage to the Mahabodhi Stupa with Ven. Robina for blessings and inspiration on alternate evening sessions.
|Sun 26 Nov||Welcome to Root Institute|
|4:00pm||Introduction to course by Spiritual Programme Coordinator; short meditation.|
|Mon 27 Nov|
|8.30am||Teachings with Ven. Robina|
|10.30am||Teachings with Ven. Robina|
|3.00pm||Teachings Ven. Robina|
|5.00pm||Teachings Ven. Robina|
|7.00pm||Evening meditation/Pilgrimage to Mahabodhi Stupa with Ven Robina
(alternate days to be announced)
|Thu 30 Nov|
|8.30am||Last teachings with Ven. Robina|
Please note: this schedule is subject to change.
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.
Our spiritual programme now runs from beginning of September through to end of 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:
Unless otherwise indicated, registration is required for all spiritual programme events except drop-in sessions, Festival of Lights & Merit, and Mahabodhi Stupa events.