Root Institute for Wisdom Culture is a socially engaged Buddhist meditation centre, providing an ideal location for the study and practice of Buddhist meditation and philosophy.
We are located in Bodhgaya, India, where the Buddha attained enlightenment under the bodhi tree.
"Bodhgaya is the place where Shakyamuni Buddha and three previous Buddhas have shown holy deeds and achieved enlightenment. In all, 1000 Buddhas will descend there, showing the holy deeds, achieving enlightenment. That’s great. Bodhgaya is a great place - it’s the most holy place in the world. So whatever practice, prostrations or whatever you do there increases eight times, as His Holiness the Dalai Lama mentioned. It is a great holy place."
— Lama Zopa Rinpoche —
At Root Institute people of any nationality and any religion can study and meditate
on the Buddha's teachings as they are explained in the Tibetan Mahayana tradition. Each winter (October to March) we offer a series of introductory and intermediate-level
courses and retreats covering a wide range of Buddhist topics. These meditation
and philosophy courses are designed to complement each other, emphasising a practical application of Buddhism with the hope to increase compassion, wisdom, peace and happiness in one’s daily life.
a unique experiential meditation and philosophy course
with meditations and teachings at the main holy sites of the Buddha
Next course: Watch this space!!
The central Indian state of Bihar is the poorest state in this country of more than one billion people. Our Charitable Health Programme originated in 1991 when a destitute man was found lying in the road close to death. At the suggestion of Lama Zopa Rinpoche, this man was brought to Root Institute where he was cared for and nurtured during a period of six months, after which he died peacefully in ourfacility.
The health programme operates six days weekly on-site and in remote rural villages.
Poverty, illiteracy and hopelessness are at the root of many problems we encounter. The most common illnesses we see are malnutrition, diabetes, HIV infection and AIDS, and cerebral palsy in children. Besides treating illnesses, we emphasise awareness and preventative education. Read more...
Root Institute is pending affilation to the FPMT