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Cultivating Emotional Awareness – With Ven. Robina Courtin
From Monday, 26. November 2018
To Friday, 30. November 2018
Location : Main gompa & pilgrimage sites

This course will be lead by renowned senior FPMT Australian nun Ven. Robina Courtin.

In her unique, down-to-earth and intense manner, Robina will analyse how experience drives our emotions and how we can train our minds to develop emotional inner strength and balance.

By cultivating emotional awareness we create the ability to respond to situations rather than to react, to be in control rather to be controlled by our emotions. Helping to separate fact from fiction, she applies a Buddhist understanding of how our ego is at play in all our "disturbing emotions" or "delusions" to the challenge of how we can go beyond them.

This is a very special course as it will include pilgrimage to the Mahabodhi Temple with Venerable Robina.

Course schedule

Mon 26 Nov Welcome to Root Institute
4.00 pm Introduction to course by Spiritual Programme Coordinator
6.00 pm Dinner
7.00 pm Evening Meditation
Tue 27 – Thu 29 Nov  
6.45 am Meditation
7.30 am Breakfast
8.30 am Teachings with Venerable Robina
10.00 am Break
10.30 am Teachings with Venerable Robina
12:00 pm Lunch
2.00 pm Discussion groups
3.00 pm Break
3.15 pm Teachings Venerable Robina
4.30 pm Break
5.00 pm Teachings Venerable Robina
6.00 pm Dinner
7.30 pm Teachings/meditation/Pilgrimage to the Mahabodhi Temple with Ven. Robina (dates to be announced)
Fri 30 Nov  
6.45 am Meditation
7.30 am Breakfast
8.30 am Last Teachings with Venerable Robina


Note: This schedule is subject to change.


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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.