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Shantideva’s “A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life”
March 15 – 19
Schedule for this 5-day non-residential course with Dagri Rinpoche
|9.00 – 9.45am||Meditation|
|10am – 12noon||Teachings by Dagri Rinpoche|
|12noon – 2pm||Lunch and Library Break|
|2pm – 4pm||Teachings by Dagri Rinpoche|
|4.20 – 5pm||Meditation|
Tushita’s Donation Policy
Tushita Meditation Centre operates entirely on the basis of donations, most of which come from people attending our courses and retreats. We will ask you to please give your full donation for the course in our reception office in the days before the course starts, payable in Indian Rupees only (unfortunately we cannot accept Foreign Currency, Travellers Cheques or Credit / Debit Cards).
For example, the minimum amount that Tushita needs to cover our costs on one day courses is 500 Indian Rupees per person. This includes lunch and afternoon tea on this day. It does not include any other meals or accommodation, since it will be a non-residential course. Of course, extra donations to help Tushita are always welcome!
For the special course with Dagri Rinpoche please register by email. To confirm your registration you will then need to pay a non-refundable/ non-transferable deposit 1500 INR online or in our registration office.
Office hours are:
Monday – Saturday
- 9:30 – 11:30am
a break for lunch and then…
- 12:30 – 4:00pm
Since this is a Non-Residential course, it will not be possible to stay here at Tushita. There are many guest houses and hotels nearby however, varied enough to meet all comfort levels and budgets. You can see more information here.
What to Bring
- Warm clothing which can be worn in layers and a shawl/blanket for using in the meditation hall are advisable. Bear in mind that we are at a slightly higher altitude than in McLeod Ganj, it is noticeably colder here.
- You are welcome to take notes during the course, so you may find a notebook, pen etc useful.
- It is handy to have your own water bottle. Filtered water is available in our dining hall and out of concern for the environment, we strongly discourage students from buying water in plastic bottles.
- An umbrella or rainwear, depending on the weather that day.
- Our library sells books and other items, so you may want to bring some extra money with you. It may also be possible to borrow books, see more by clicking here.
Please DO NOT bring: any musical instruments, camera, radios/tape/CD/MP3 players or mobile phones as you will be asked not to use them while you are here.
Future Short Courses
Currently, there are no other short courses planned. We’d be extremely grateful if you would use these pages as your first information source, rather than emailing us directly to ask about any future short courses – as soon as we have any confirmed dates we’ll put them here first!
Please do take the time to read all the information on this page, especially the Practical Information (with Registration info!). Many thanks!
To create an atmosphere conducive for reflection and meditation, participants are required to keep silence (no talking at all!) for the duration of the course, especially since there may be a retreat running parallel to your course.
- Because we have monks and nuns living at Tushita, please dress respectfully (no shorts, sleeveless shirts, or tight/revealing clothing).
- Participants must attend all sessions of the course and come to sessions on time.
- Please be gentle in your behaviour and sensitive to fellow group members and staff.
- Please remember to switch off your mobile phone.
Also, while at Tushita we ask people to observe the following precepts:
- 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 holding hands, hugging, massages and other physical displays of affection.
- Be alert and mindful: avoid intoxicants such as alcohol, drugs and cigarettes (if necessary, one can smoke outside Tushita property).
“Gompa” is the Tibetan word for Meditation Hall. Because a Gompa is the location of study, meditation and devotional practices, Buddhists consider them to be holy places. In this tradition, the following modes of behaviour are considered respectful in a Gompa and we ask you to follow them while here:
- Do not point your feet towards the teachers, the altar or any holy object.
- Do not put Dharma materials – prayer books, texts, Dharma books or notebooks with Dharma in them – on the floor, or sit or step over them.
- Do not lie down or do any yoga exercises in the Gompa at any time.
- No idle chit-chat in the Gompa.
- Guided Meditation on April 25, 2017 9:30 am
- Movie Day on April 28, 2017 2:00 pm
- Guru Puja on May 5, 2017 6:30 pm
- Introduction to Buddhism on May 9, 2017
- Special Lam Rim Retreat on May 10, 2017
- Medicine Buddha Puja on May 10, 2017
- Introduction to Buddhism on May 29, 2017
- Saka Dawa on June 9, 2017
- The Two Truths on June 14, 2017
- Introduction to Buddhism on June 15, 2017
Tushita is a centre for the study and practice of Buddhism from the Tibetan Mahayana tradition. We're located in Northern India, in the forested hills above the town of McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala - the seat in exile of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.
Tushita aims to provide a friendly and conducive environment for people of all nationalities and backgrounds to learn about and put into practice the teachings of the Buddha. With this in mind we offer regular drop-in events and courses on introductory Buddhist philosophy and meditation, as well as intermediate level courses and group retreats for more experienced students.
February to November
Monday - Saturday
9:30 - 11:30am
a break for lunch and then...
12:30 - 4:00pm