Root Institute for Wisdom Culture
A Buddhist meditation centre, providing an ideal location for
the study and practice of meditation and philosophy.
Additionally, the Centre has established a number of social welfare
projects, benefiting Bodhgaya and the neighbouring villages.
Root Institute, located in Bodhgaya, India, where the Buddha attained enlightenment
under the Bodhi-tree, is one of a number of FPMT centres founded by
Lama Thubten Yeshe Rinpoche and Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
The Centre now operates under the patronage and spiritual guidance of Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
Buddhist Meditation and Study
At Root Institute, people of any nationality and religion can study and meditate on the Buddha's teachings as explained in the Tibetan Mahayana tradition. Each winter, from October to April, we offer a series of introductory courses and intermediate courses and retreats covering a wide range of Buddhist topics. These meditation and philosophy courses are designed to complement each other. They emphasise a practical application of Buddhism designed to increase compassion, wisdom, peace and happiness in one’s daily life.
The central Indian state of Bihar is the poorest state in this country of more than one billion people. Our programme of social welfare projects originated in 1991 when a destitute man was found lying in the road close to death.
We currently administer three onsite projects: Maitreya School, a primary school providing free education for local children, Tara Children's Home, a safe, nurturing environment for HIV-affected orphans and Shakyamuni Buddha Clinic, a free hospital serving impoverished, local people offering a variety of medical systems.
left: A local villager waiting outside the clinic.
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...
Pending affiliation with the Foundation for
the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition