Spiritual programme

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Mystic Living Program – Yoga Retreat – March
From Monday, 5. March 2018
To Saturday, 10. March 2018
Location : Stupa Garden of Compassion

This retreat will be lead by Mystic Yoga trainers.

The special feature of doing this retreat in Bodhgaya is that some of the sessions will be held in the private garden at the Mahabodhi Temple (where doing yoga is allowed), receiving special blessings and inspiration.

The retreat will cover seven essential aspects of yogic living: 

  • Yoga asana practice
  • Pranayam & pratyahara
  • Yoga theory & philosophy
  • Understanding benefits and usage of yoga
  • Ayurveda nutrition
  • Medicine Buddha practice
  • Vipassana meditation. 

The purpose of this Mystic Living Retreat is to bring body and mind into balance. If there is a harmonious flow of energy through the body it improves general well-being. Mystic Living attempts to teach yoga asana, meditation, ayurveda and related philosophies in its purest form. A fit, strong body, and an alert, cheerful mind is the result of right yoga practice. The retreat is designed to help you live a happier, healthier and more fulfilling life and raise awareness through yoga and meditation in a fresh and spontaneous way. The friendly and relaxed manner of the retreat makes everyone feel at home, and even those who are new to yoga will feel comfortable. By integrating these practices into one's life one can start a process of self-transformation.

To enhance a focused and contemplative atmosphere, this retreat will be held at our nearby retreat place – Stupa Garden of Compassion.

Please arrive to Root Institute Sunday 4th March, as retreat will begin on Monday 5th at 6.00am.


Mon 5 to Fri 9 Mar  
6.00am Yogasana & pranayama – Guided practice session
7.30am Breakfast
10.00am Meditation - theory & practice
12.00noon Lunch
4.30pm Yogasana & pranayama – Guided practice session
6.00pm Dinner
7.00pm Ayurdeva & chanting session
Sat 10 Mar  
6.00am Yogasana & pranayama – Guided practice session
7.30am Breakfast
10.00am Contemplation
12.00noon Lunch

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 Bodhgaya's blessings > Retreat – at Stupa Garden of Compassion, through which you can also book accommodation.