Spiritual programme

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What is the Mind? – With Geshe Rabga
From Wednesday, 22. November 2017
To Saturday, 25. November 2017
Location : Main gompa

This course will be led by our resident geshe, Geshe Ngawang Rabga. Geshe-la teaches in Tibetan, assisted by an English translator. 

The course will be based on the text Lorig (Awareness and Knowers), to give a Buddhist presentation on the nature of the mind, its functions, divisions, and types of objects. Understanding the mind forms the basis of Buddhist philosophy and practice.

The Buddha says in the Dhammapada:

All things are preceded by the mind, led by the mind, created by the mind.

Obtaining knowledge of our mind's habitual thought patterns, mental events and specific mindsets, enables us to make changes. And even though these changes are extremely slow and gradual, they nonetheless significantly improve the quality of our life and serve as the basis for overcoming our shortcomings such as anger, attachment, and ignorance.

The format of the course will include teachings, discussion groups and meditations to learn how to tame and control the mind.


Wed 22 Nov Welcome to Root Institute
4.00pm Introduction to course by Spiritual Programme Coordinator (SPC)
6.00pm Dinner
7.00pm Evening Meditation
Thu 23–Fri 24 Nov  
6.45am Morning meditation
7.30am Breakfast
8.30am Teachings with Geshe-la
10.00am Break
10.30am Teachings with Geshe-la
12.00pm Lunch
2.15pm Discussion groups
3.15pm Break
3.30pm Teachings with Geshe-la
4:30pm Break
6:00pm Dinner
7.00pm Evening meditation
Sat 25 Nov  
6.45am Morning meditation
7.30am Breakfast
8.30am Teachings with Geshe-la
10.00am Break
10.30am Teachings with Geshe-la
12:00pm Lunch
2.15pm Discussion groups
3:15pm Break
3.30pm Last Teachings with Geshe-la

Please note: this schedule is subject to change.

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.

General information about the spiritual programme

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:

  • Tara puja
  • Medicine Buddha puja
  • Lama Ch'opa ts'og offering
  • Protector puja

Unless otherwise indicated, registration is required for all spiritual programme events except drop-in sessions, Festival of Lights & Merit, and Mahabodhi Stupa events.

To book your own individual or group retreat, please go to Blessings > Retreat – at Stupa Garden of Compassion, through which you can also book accommodation.