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Bodhgaya, India, is the sacred location of the Buddha’s enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree. Root Institute, the FPMT retreat center located just a 15-minute walk from this holy site, offers students many opportunities to study, practice and offer service.
The latest edition of Root’s newsletter, “Roots of Wisdom,” shares inspiring teachings, stories and interviews that give a flavor of the beneficial activities happening at the center, including an account of His Holiness the 17th Karmapa’s recent visit and impromptu teaching on the nature of the mind.
Root offers a full spiritual program from October through March for students of all levels. Ven. Antonio Satta is mong this year’s teachers featured in the newsletter. Ven. Sarah Thresher, Glen Svensson, Jimi Neal, Kay Cooper and Gordon McDougal are also teaching or leading retreats this year at Root.
In addition, the newsletter features advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche; an interview with Geshe Jamphel Gyaltsen, a lharampa geshe from Sera Je who has been staying at Root and who will be going to Nalanda Monastery in France to become a resident teacher; and updates on Root’s charitable projects: Shakyamuni Buddha Community Health Care Programme, the Maitreya School and Tara Children’s Project.
For more information on Root Institute, visit rootinstitute.com.
Mandala brings you news of Lama Zopa Rinpoche and of activities, teachings and events from over 160 FPMT centers, projects and services around the globe. If you like what you read on Mandala, consider becoming a Friend of FPMT, which supports our work.
Root Institute, the FPMT center in Bodhgaya, India, helps offer care and education to children through Shakyamuni Buddha Community Health Care Centre, Maitreya School for Universal Education and the Tara Children’s Project (TCP), which takes care of HIV-affected children and orphans. Tara Children’s Project kids and Maitreya School students are benefiting from receiving a new bus to take them to and from school.
The Shakyamuni Buddha Health Care Centre is a free health care clinic that began in 1991. Dr. Sanjay works at the health care center and has been the main doctor for the children of TCP, visiting every week and overseeing the care for the physical and emotional health of each child.
Juhi Pandey, from an organization called Tara Trust, spent five days collaborating with the TCP staff in engaging the children in activities that cultivate positive states of mind such as love and compassion. They engaged in many activities including listening to stories about companionship and the benefits of working together. To end the week, the children painted the letters of words of the six essential guidelines recommended by Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
Mandala brings you news of Lama Zopa Rinpoche and of activities, teachings and events from over 160 FPMT centers, projects and services around the globe. If you have news you would like to share, please let us know.
- Tagged: maitreya school, root institute, shakyamuni buddha health care center, tara children's project
FPMT News Around the World
FPMT centers, projects and services around the world celebrated Saka Dawa, the day commemorating Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and parinirvana, yesterday. We rejoice in all of the events and activities that took place!
Here are highlights from a very few celebrations of Saka Dawa:
At the Mahabodhi Stupa in Bodhgaya, India, the Festival of Lights and Merit (FLAM) offered 100,000 lights June 3-5. FLAM is a project of Root Institute and makes light offerings and prayers during the four great Buddhist festivals. In addition to the 100,000 rainbow-colored electric lights that are carefully hung among the trees and walls of the entire Mahabodhi Stupa grounds, offering and dedication prayers are made on the advice of Lama Zopa Rinpoche, increasing the power of the offerings even further.
FPMT Sera Je India shared photos on Facebook of Saka Dawa food offerings at Sera Je Monastery in India. [In other rejoicing news: This month, FPMT’s Sera Je Food Fund received US$115,000, which covers the next six months’ worth of meals for all 2,600 monks currently studying at Sera Je.]
On Saka Dawa, Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa (ILTK) consecrated their new Geshe Jampa Gyatso stupa. Geshe Jampa Gyatso taught 27 years at ILTK. Jhado Rinpoche presided over the cemerony. You can see more photos from the ceremony and of the creation of the stupa on ILTK’s Facebook page.
FPMT International Office celebrated Saka Dawa online by inviting students and supporters of Lama Zopa Rinpoche around the world to contribute to the Work a Day for Rinpoche fund, which supports the continuing realization of Rinpoche’s vast compassionate vision. Response thus far has been fantastic.
With 159 centers, projects and services around the globe, there is always news on FPMT activities, teachers and events. Mandala hopes to share as many of these timely stories as possible. If you have news you would like to share, please let us know.
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FPMT News Around the World
Lama Zopa Rinpoche, spiritual director of FPMT, offered 27 life-size statues of Maitreya Buddha to FPMT centers, services and projects. In just one month, many centers have already received their Maitreya statue. Mandala is celebrating this with the Maitreya Statue Photo Gallery, featuring photos of Maitreya statues situated in FPMT centers, projects and services around the world!
Last week, we shared news of the new statue at Thubten Shedrub Ling in Australia. This week, we are featuring the Maitreya statue that is at the new Maitreya School, a project of Root Institute for Wisdom Culture in Bodhgaya. The Maitreya watched over the proceedings as the school held its grand opening in April. Maitreya School will provide education to children of poor families following the government curricula while also incorporating key Buddhist principles in the context of Indian culture.
With 160 centers, projects, and services around the globe, there is always news on FPMT activities, teachers and events. Mandala hopes to share as many of these timely stories as possible. If you have news you would like to share, please let us know.
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Ven. Gyalten Mindrol completed a three month prostration and migtsema retreat with lam rim meditation from January 2 – April 12, 2010 at Root Institute, Bodhyaya, India. Upon her return to the USA, she reflected on the inspiring service being offered at Root Institute.
SOCIAL SERVICE IN BODHGAYA
By Ven. Gyalten Mindrol
Bodhgaya is a place of contrasts: the profound stillness of the spot where the Buddha attained enlightenment contrasts with the chaotic noise of street vendors and honking vehicles on the main road; the wealthy pilgrims in their hotels with the polio-stricken beggars; the sparkling temples with the piles of garbage.
Root Institute gives the weary pilgrim respite from the chaos of town, while providing a plethora of opportunities to further nourish the mind. The immaculate and gloriously flowering gardens invite one to sit with a book or chat with a companion. Accommodation is comfortable and readily available at every level: from single rooms to dormitories, private retreat houses to apartments. The kitchen staff provide an impressive display of vegetarian fare ranging from Indian, Thai, and Chinese through to European and American offerings for those homesick palettes – all from a kitchen run to exacting Western standards for our delicate digestive systems. Adopted goats and dogs – all very friendly – give the animal lover something to, well, love.
The wonders of the great stupa itself can be reached by rickshaw (10-15 minutes) or on foot (20 minutes). Root itself offers two beautiful gompas – the larger made of glass and containing beautiful statues and thangkas, and the smaller in an intimate practice space in the back garden. A huge prayer wheel filled according to the advice of Lama Zopa Rinpoche, attracts every visitor, while smaller prayer wheels and stupas fill the gardens. A well-stocked library of books from every tradition made this writer’s mind water with anticipation, as did a video room with almost every Buddhist movie known to sentient beings available on DVD.
From October to March, Root Institute runs an impressive series of residential retreats and courses suitable for every level of practitioner. Beginners get an experiential taste of the entire path to enlightenment with ten-day introductory courses. More advanced students receive profound teachings from senior Western students and high Tibetan lamas (Ling Rinpoche, Dagri Rinpoche, and His Holiness the Karmapa all taught in the early part of this year). There are tantric retreats led by great masters and opportunities for guided pilgrimage to the many holy sites of the area. The private retreat facilities are impressive and include ample support from Root Institute staff, as well as a dedicated space (and a monk from Namgyal Monastery) to do fire puja.
Root Institute takes Buddhist practice into the world with mind-blowing social service programs, including a free health care clinic that serves 3,000 patients a month and provides the local population with an inconceivable collection of health initiatives aimed at eradicating polio (almost there) and AIDS (just starting), and slowly changing attitudes about hygiene, diet, birthing practices, etc. Recently, they began a home for AIDS orphans that has already transformed the lives of the three young children who currently live there.
The people who find themselves at Root are unique. Prepare to find yourself surrounded by practitioners of many religions and different traditions of Buddhism, people with good minds and open hearts who are either searching for a path or deeply committed to their practice. They come from all over the world to the place where Buddha completed his final meditation. They do courses and retreats, practice, volunteer in the center and at the clinic, and every one of them leaves transformed by what they have learned and experienced at Root Institute.
When You Go:
Bodhgaya is not as remote as it used to be. There are direct flights to Gaya from Bangkok, Rangoon, and several Indian cities, and the train arrives from even more. Root Institute is a 20-minute taxi ride from Gaya Airport or train station.
Want to be inspired? Be sure to request a tour of the Shakyamuni Buddha Community Health Center while you’re there!
Pay it Forward – Root Institute and its social service initiatives are always in need of volunteer support. Offer a few hours, days, or even weeks. Nothing benefits the mind like benefitting others and there couldn’t be a better opportunity to lend a much needed hand.
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