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Buddhism & Yoga – Advanced Level 2 – With Ven. Lobsang Namgyel and Annie McGhee
From Monday, 19. November 2018
To Friday, 23. November 2018
Location : Main gompa

This is a special course, that will combine the philosophy of Tibetan Buddhism in depth led by Venerable Lobsang Namgyel, and Yin Yoga led by Annie McGhee. It's an ideal course for those who would like to deepen their understanding of Buddhism and their practice of Yoga. 

Retreat leaders

Ven. Namgyel is a Western senior monk, with an array of life experiences and a unique, friendly and humorous style which makes students feel comfortable from the start. His western view of Buddhism allows students to understand the Buddhist philosophy in a very experiential manner.

Annie resides in Australia, is a fully qualified and accredited yoga teacher, has been practicing yoga for over five decades and teaching for more than twenty-five years. She is experienced in numerous styles of yoga that are influenced by her Tibetan Buddhist practice.

Course content

Venerable Namgyel will be teaching the advanced points of the Lam-Rim; Bodhichitta, the wish to attain enlightenment for the benefit of all beings and the Wisdom that understands reality as it is, along with the two truths, the conventional and the ultimate truth.  

Yin yoga is a perfect counterbalance for us in our busy lives. In these asanas (poses) we move beyond the muscles, which are Yang, as they’re soft & elastic, into the Yin connective tissues (the ligaments & the fascia), which are stiff & inelastic. On a subtler level, the Yin sequences improve the flow of prana (chi/life-force) through the energy channels (nadis/meridians) into the internal organs and tissues around the joints, where energy may have become stagnant. 


This is an advanced course. We suggest students attending The Basics Level 1 course Root Institute will be offering previous to this course. The course will include mindfulness meditations, Buddhist philosophy classes, Yoga practices, group discussions and optional pilgrimage to the Mahabodhi Stupa.

Teachings are presented from an experiential point of view.

This course will include full days in silence.


Mon 19 Nov  
4:00 pm Introduction to course by Spiritual Programme Coordinator
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm First session with Venerable Namgyel
Tue 20 – Thu 22 Nov  
6:45 am Morning meditation
7:30 am Breakfast
8:45 am Yoga session
10:00 am Break
10:30 am Session with Venerable Namgyel
12:00 noon Lunch
2:00 pm Discussion group
3:00 pm Break
3:15 pm Yoga session
4:00 pm Break
4:30 pm Session with Venerable Namgyel 
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Evening meditation
Fri 23 Nov  
6:45 am Morning meditation
7:30 am Breakfast
8:45 am Yoda session
10:00 am Break
10:30 am Last session with Venerable Namgyel 
12:00 noon Big Love Lunch
2:00 pm Pilgrimage to Mahabodhi temple (optional)


Note: This schedule is subject to change.


Express interest & find out more

Course/retreat discipline

Students are most welcome to apply for individual or groups retreats here. To make the most of this special time, we would like to suggest the following:

  • It is good to settle all outside communication before you begin your retreat. Telling friends and family that you will be out of contact for the duration will significantly help to reduce distractions. Likewise, settling your travel arrangements, etc. before you come to Root Institute is highly advisable.

  • To maintain a healthy, calm, clear mind, observing silence will also bring you the mental space most conducive to retreat.

  • Practicing Dharma is a source of happiness, so rejoice in your efforts!

  • Thank you for thinking of Root Institute as your place for retreat. We will do our best to support you!

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.