Introductory

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Mind Training – With Geshe Ngawang Rabga
From Saturday, 19. January 2019
To Tuesday, 22. January 2019
Location : Main gompa

This course will be lead by our resident geshe, Geshe Ngawang Rabga, and will cover the topic of mind training/thought transformation (Tibetan:lojong). It refers to practices for training the mind to use suffering and problems in the path to enlightenment, whereby we become able to transform suffering and problems into methods for attaining the lasting happiness of full enlightenment.

Geshe-la teaches in Tibetan and will be accompanied by an English translator. The course will include teachings, meditations and discussions.

Lama Atisha (980-1054 C.E.) introduced the lojong, also known as “mind training” or "thought transformation", tradition of Mahayana practice in Tibet. Lojong teachings are quintessential Mahayana teachings in that their aim is to eliminate both the self-cherishing attitude and self-grasping. Like the stages of the path teachings, the mind training tradition is one that is embraced by all Tibetan lineages.

The Eight Verses of Thought Transformation is one of the most important texts from the lojong genre. This root text was written by the eleventh-century meditator Langri Tangpa Dorje Senghe. His Holiness the Dalai Lama refers to this work as one of the main sources of his own inspiration and includes it in his daily meditations.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche

 

Schedule

Sat 19 Jan Welcome to Root Institute
4.00 pm Introduction to course by Spiritual Programme Coordinator (SPC)
6.00 pm Dinner
7.00 pm Evening Meditation
Sun 20 & Mon 21 Jan   
6.45 am Morning meditation
7.30 am Breakfast
8.30 am Teachings with Geshe-la
10.00 am Break
10.30 am Teachings with Geshe-la
12.00 noon Lunch
2.15 pm Discussion groups
3.15 pm Break
3.30 pm Teachings with Geshe-la
4:30 pm Break
6:00 pm Dinner
7.00 pm Evening meditation
Tue 22 Jan  
6.45 am Morning meditation
7.30 am Breakfast
8.30 am Teachings with Geshe-la
10.00 am Break
10.30 am Teachings with Geshe-la
12:00 noon Lunch
2.15 pm Discussion groups
3:15 pm Break
3.30 pm Last Teachings with Geshe-la

 

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.