A ten-day – almost full silence – intermediate retreat led by Venerable Lobsang Namgyel, including teachings on the Lam Rim combined with Medicine Buddha practice.
The format includes teachings, group discussions, guided meditations, and practices at the Mahabodhi Stupa for inspiration and blessings.
Ven. Namgyel is a senior Western monk, with an array of life experiences and a unique, friendly and humorous style which makes students feel comfortable from the start.
The Medicine Buddha encompasses all the Buddhas – this means that when we practice the seven-limb prayer and make offerings, we are making offerings to all the Buddhas.
When we recite the mantra of the Medicine Buddha, we collect unbelievable merit. If you recite the mantra every day, the Buddhas and bodhisattvas will always pay attention to you, and they will guide you. Vajrapani, owner of the secrets, and the four guardians will always protect you and guide you. All your negative karmas will be pacified, and you will never to be born in the three lower realms. Even just hearing a recitation of the names of the eight Tathagatas (Medicine Buddhas) pacifies all diseases and spirits harms – even spirits harms that arise as a condition from disease – and all your wishes are fulfilled. This practice is especially beneficial if you are helping others, especially if you are doing healing work. It helps you to be more accurate and beneficial. You will receive much support from the eight Tathagatas and the four clairvoyant devas as well.
This retreat will include days of full silence.
|Thu 1 Feb
|4:00pm||Welcome / introduction to meditation|
|7:15pm||First teachings with Ven. Namgyel|
|Fri 2–Fri 9 Feb
|9:00am||Medicine Buddha Practice &tTeachings with Ven. Namgyel (with a break)|
|3:30pm||Session with Ven. Namgyel (with a break)|
|7:15pm||Evening meditation (Pilgrimage to Mahabodhi Stupa alternate days to be announced)|
|9:00am||Last Medicine Buddha practice & teachings with Ven. Namgyel (with a break)|
|12noon||Big Love Lunch|
|2:00pm||Root Institute tour|
|3:00pm||Feedback from the group|
Last day finishes with group lunch. Please note: this schedule is subject to change.
Root Institute is a delightful, semi-monastic meditation centre.
To maintain a condusive, 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.