Spiritual programme

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Manjushri Initiation – With Dagri Rinpoche
From Saturday, 24. February 2018
To Sunday, 25. February 2018
Location : Main gompa
Dagri Rinpoche
Dagri Rinpoche

Renowned lama, Dagri Rinpoche, has kindly accepted our invitation to confer an Orange Manjushri Jenang (Initiation).

Because this is a Vajrayana practice (from the kriya, or "action" class of tantra), the pre-requisite is a good understanding of the Buddha's Sutrayana teachings, so Rinpoche will give preparatory teachings.

This will be on Lama Tsongkhapa's text, The Three Principal Aspects of the Path, clarifying the three main pillars of the Sutrayana: renunciation, bodhichitta (the wish to attain enlightenment for the benefit of all beings), and the correct view of emptiness.

Manjushri tangka
Manjushri tangka at Root Institute

Manjushri is first referred to in early Mahayana sutras such as the Prajnaparamita Sutras and, through this association very early in the tradition, he came to symbolise the embodiment of prajñā (transcendental wisdom).

This initiation will be conferred on the 25th February in the morning and will include taking Refuge in the Three Jewels and taking Bodhisattva vows. It is aimed especially for those who plan to participate in the Orange Manjushri Retreat at Root Institute from 28 Feb – 16 Mar 2018, but other students are also welcome.



Sat 24 Feb Teachings
10:00 am–12:00 noon 1st session: Three Principles Aspects of the Path
2:00–4:00 pm 2nd session: Three Principles Aspects of the Path
Sun 25 Feb Initiation
10:00 am–12:00 noon Orange Manjushri Initiation Ceremony


Attending this initiation will be on a suggested donation basis. Please express your interest.

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.