Spiritual programme

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Introduction to Tantra Course – With Ven. Olivier Rossi
From Tuesday, 3. April 2018
To Saturday, 7. April 2018
Location : Main gompa

Experienced western monk, Ven. Olivier Rossi, will convey a grounded and broad understanding in this introductory course on Buddhist tantra.

It is highly recommended that participants have at least participated in a previous Buddhist course; this is needed to fully benefit; otherwise this subject is often misunderstood.

In order to practice tantra one needs a strong foundation in the Buddha-Dharma and certain qualifications. Tantra is intended for advanced practitioners in order to transform negative states of mind into the path to enlightenment.

If you are interested in attending, we recommend pre-reading these articles on introduction to tantra from Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive.


Tue 3 Apr  
4:00pm Welcome / Introduction to meditation
6:00pm Supper
7:00pm First session with Ven Olivier
Wed 4–Fri 6 Apr  
6:45am Morning meditation
7:30am Breakfast
8:30am Session with Ven. Olivier
10:00am Break
10:30am Session with Ven. Olivier
12:noon Lunch
2:00pm Discussion group
3:15pm Break
3:30pm Session with Ven. Olivier
5:00pm Break
6:00pm Supper
7:00pm Evening meditation 
Sat 7 Apr  
6:45am Morning meditation
7:30am Breakfast
8:30am Session with Ven. Olivier
10:00am Break
10:30am Last Session with Ven. Olivier
12:00noon Lunch

Last day finishes with group 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.