Spiritual programme

HH Dalai Lama in Bodhgaya

His Holiness Dalai Lama's events in Bodhgaya

His Holiness's events will be held in the Kalachakra Maidan.

Although Root Institute is not organising or hosting these events, they are highlights of our spiritual programme.

A place to stay

We are organising tents at our nearby Stupa Garden of Compassion. If you wish to stay with us, no need to use the form for booking a personal retreat; simply book your stay.

How to get a Teaching Pass

  • All monks, nuns, foreigners and Indian devotees will need a new Teaching Pass to attend the teachings.

  • Those who have already registered during His Holiness teachings in Dharamsala or 2017 Kalachakra at Bodhgaya and have their old Teaching Pass with them need not register online.

  • If you do not have an old Teaching Pass with you, to register, use the button below to go to dalailamateaching.com to fill out and print your registration form.

  • To collect your new Teaching Pass in Bodhgaya, bring either your printed registration form or your old Teaching Pass, along with one of the following documents:

    • Passport
    • Aadhaar card
    • Voter ID
    • RC
    • Green Book.

 


His Holiness's events

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.