Spiritual programme

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His Eminence Ling Rinpoche teaching "The Foundation of all Good Qualities" & Yellow Dzambhala Initiation
From Friday, 12. January 2018
To Saturday, 13. January 2018
Location : Main gompa

We have the great honor to announce His Eminence Ling Rinpoche's teachings at Root Institute. 

The 6th Kyabje Ling Rinpoche was the senior tutor of His Holiness 14th Dalai Lama, and we are delighted to have his youthful incarnation, His Eminence the 7th Kyabje Yongzin Ling Rinpoche, teaching in the holy land of the Buddha. Rinpoche will be our guest of honour at Root Institute's 30th Anniversary on 14th January 2018.

The text, The Foundation of All Good Qualities, by Lama Tsong Khapa is a concise prayer that teaches the entire graduated path to enlightenment, suitable for daily recitation or scanning meditation. The subject matter is suitable for all students, from beginners to the most advanced.

H. E. Ling Rinpoche will also be conferring a Yellow Dzambhala Initiation, there will be no commitments for taking this initiation. Yellow Dzambhala increases wealth, good fortune and prosperity, much needed things to help sentient beings and the Dharma to flourish.

The teachings & Initiation will be offered on a donation basis ~ more information upon registration.


Fri 12 Jan    3 pm to 6 pm  Teachings – The Foundation of all Good Qualities
Sat 13 Jan    9 am to 12 noon Teachings – The Foundation of all Good Qualities
    3 pm to 6 pm Initiation – Yellow Dzambhala


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.