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Root Institute

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Haven in dusty and loud Bodhgaya

So glad we stayed at Root Institute on our trip to Bodhgaya. It was like a haven after going out on... read more

Reviewed November 21, 2017
London, United Kingdom
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Meditation and Service

This is a wonderful place to learn about Mahayana Buddhist philosophy and meditation. They have ten... read more

Reviewed November 3, 2017
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A Buddhist centre in the Tibetan tradition located in Bodhgaya, India, providing a tranquil haven for the study and practice of philosophy & meditation, we also serve Bodhgaya and surrounding villages through our three social service projects.
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| Gaya District, Bodh Gaya 824231, India
+91 631 220 0714
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Reviewed April 29, 2018

To be fair, and out of genuine resect for Lama Zopa Rinpoche, I will say that if you are new to the Dharma,or a member of Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), and can afford the very costly "donation" which will be...More

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Reviewed November 21, 2017 via mobile

So glad we stayed at Root Institute on our trip to Bodhgaya. It was like a haven after going out on the streets for us. Food was delicious. Beds were very hard though. Had to put blankets under the mattress to sleep. But of all...More

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Reviewed November 3, 2017 via mobile

This is a wonderful place to learn about Mahayana Buddhist philosophy and meditation. They have ten day courses with excellent teachers. The venerable Namgyl has a very enjoyable teaching style bringing laughter and happiness to the profound dharma teachings. Root Institute also has a charitable...More

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Reviewed September 28, 2017

If you are going to bodhgaya,Your trip can not be complete without staying at this place. We all stay in hotels when we go to a tourist place.But if you want to enjoy buddhist culture from so close,you have to stay at root institute.Cheap for...More

Thank R G
Reviewed April 27, 2017

I am here for amazing feeling there are in this place. So peaceful. We came here to ask information about the meditations

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Reviewed April 22, 2017

It is amazing the feeling there is in this place. So peaceful. We came here to ask informations about meditation courses but unfortunately there aren't any at this time because the season is at the end, but they welcomed us as we were guests when...More

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Reviewed March 16, 2017 via mobile

It's place where needy people suffering medically are given with appropriate treatment, i was astonished to observe that even people from Russia area here to run the institute help others .Great Job

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Reviewed March 2, 2017 via mobile

RI is truly a leading example of an institute embodying altruism and offering others a safe space to grow deeply in peace. Thank you to all you are co creating its wonder.

Thank Ben W
Reviewed January 26, 2017 via mobile

Even to non residential guests the root insinuate offers morning meditation sessions that are really light but touching and positive. Highly worth the way there (the Institute is a good walk out of town centre)

Thank Chiara R
Reviewed January 20, 2017

For retreating and meditating the Root Institute is great especially friendly to westerners it offers courses, retreats and teachings in Tibetan Buddism. The food and accomadation are good as well.

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Pamela J
October 14, 2016|
Response from Volunteer D | Property representative |
I agree from searching, it looks like the flights are long and expensive. I asked a travel agent friend and he recommended train from Trivandrum to Chennai and then to Patna or Gaya. Not sure how the train times and fares... More