10 Day outstation study retreat on “the Rice Seedling” in Bir, Himachal

29 Students from Ladakh to Arunachal participated for 10 Day Study Tour in Himachal

29 Students from various colleges and universities of Jammu, Chandigarh and Delhi hailing from Ladakh to Arunachal Pradesh had the opportunity to be part of 10 days study retreat program from 7th Oct – 16th Oct 2018, coordinated by Flowering Dharma at the Deer Park Institute, Bir and Library of Tibetan Work and archives (LTWA), Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh.

The retreat program was in two parts including Seven Days Residential Retreat in Deer Park Institute on “The Rice seedling Sutra” led by Ven. Geshe Dorji Damdul, Director, Tibet House, New Delhi followed by one day Session at the LTWA on “Meaning of Life” by Ven. Geshe Lhakdor, Director, LTWA.

In the residential retreat participants studied the “Rice Seedling Sutra” which covers in depth the topics of “Emptiness” and “Dependent Arising” in great depth. Geshe Dorji Damdul thoroughly explained the concept of Emptiness stressing how things are independent of objective existence and dependently originated. The participants also had the opportunity to interact and discuss with other participants from other parts of the world, which provided the necessary exposure and contributed towards their analytical development. The students followed a strict routine commencing from 5:45 am with Meditation Sessions, Classes, Group Discussions and Question and Answer session. The program in Deer Park concluded with “Tsog” Offering Ceremony. Next Day the students proceeded for McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala for an hour long session with Geshe Lhakdor on “Meaning of Life” in which he concisely explained the meaning of True Happiness with should not be mistaken for Superficial Sensual Pleasure. Geshe Lhakdor very skillfully tied how it is important for people to understand the “Wisdom of Emptiness” and have “Compassion” for the happy life from a very practical and logical stand point.

Apart from the classes and study sessions the students also had the opportunity to explore the nearby places of tourist attractions including the monasteries, different NGOs and their centers as well the nature around.






  1. Kano 5 months ago 16/10/2018

    Hi everyone… It has been awesome 7 days with you all… Thank you all. It was rejuvenating to see such young energy all around having fun and at the same time putting efforts to keep in touch with one’s own culture and at same time developing one’s knowledge (both of culture/tradition and otherwise)… Do keep creating such moments together in future and if I m lucky enough, i hope I get to be a part of it. Special thanks to Flowering Dharma team – Tashi, Momo (:D), Thapa, Phuntsok and Yankie for making all this happen. See you guys next time when I see you… 👍🏿🙏🏿👋🏿👋🏿👋🏿

  2. stanzin 5 months ago 18/10/2018

    Thank you Flowering dharma, Tibet house and Deer park for such great opportunity. The last week in Bir was one of the important days of my life. Not only we got to learn from Geshe Damdul La his precious teaching on ‘Rice Seedling Sutra’ but we also learn a lot from the other participants. The experienced they share with us would be helpful for our coming years. We not only learned about philosophy but we improved our analytic skills, how to frame question, how to tackle problem in our day to day life and most importantly it’s our responsibility to frame the better future for next generation. As we visited the Sunya farm and Dharmalaya, we understood the importance about the nature and how to live a sustainable life.

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      Editor.fd 5 months ago 20/10/2018

      Hello Stanzin.. Thanks for the valuable feedback and sharing your inspirational experiences .. Always stay in touch

  3. Namkha 5 months ago 18/10/2018

    It was a life changing experience for all of us. Thank you Flowering Dharma for giving us this chance to learn from GESHEY LA. It was my first time into the field of BUDDHIST PHILOSOPHY and I learned a lot from GESHEY LA, my group discussion participants and the other students. I just want to be part of this family, and will love you o keep joining such retreat.

    • Editor.fd
      Editor.fd 5 months ago 20/10/2018

      Thank you Namkha lay for your valuable feedback.. You are indeed the member of this family.. We’ll do more retreats and other mind transforming exercises .. always stay in touch..


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