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How to Survive and Flourish in the 21st Century – With Ven. Kabir Saxena
From Tuesday, 25. September 2018
To Sunday, 30. September 2018
Location : Main gompa

A Short Introduction to Buddhist Mind Training

This course will be led by senior FPMT Indian monk, Ven. Kabir Saxena, founding director of Root Institute.

All periods of history have thrown up challenges to those on valid spiritual paths, due to the conjunction of inner impure psychological and outer social and environmental factors. The 21st century has come up with more intense causes for degeneration, and the consequent despair, violence, apathy, callousness and general lack of ethical and spiritual direction is experienced by so many.

In short how can we generate courage and compassion on our inner journey and our connection with others?

We'll be examining this using traditional texts and modern examples within an overall context of listening to talks, reflecting and sharing in discussions, and also meditating on the salient points that arise.

This short course will explore how we can regain a sense of heartfelt contact with the goodness within us as well as reach out and benefit other suffering beings and the planet around us.


Tue 25 Sep  
4:00 pm Welcome to the course by the Spiritual Programme Coordinator (SPC)
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm First session with Venerable Kabir Saxena
Wed 26 – Sat 29 Sep  
6:45 am Morning meditation
7:30 am Breakfast
9:00 am Teachings / session with Venerable Kabir Saxena (with tea break)
12:00 noon Lunch
2:00 pm Discussion group
3:00 pm Break
3:30 pm Teachings / session with Venerable Kabir Saxena (with tea break)
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Evening meditation
Sun 30 Sep  
6:45 am  Morning meditation
7:30 am Breakfast
9:00 am Last session with Venerable Kabir Saxena (with tea break)
12:00 noon Farewell lunch


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.