LBDFI sponsored a vassa retreat and training workshop at the Sarnath Institute during 2012. The aims of the workshop were to collect information on the various Indian Theravada Buddhist communities existing within India and to determine the needs of training novices within India, and to work with the International Tipitaka Chanting Council to offer classes in English, Pali Hindi, Indian culture and Indian Buddhism as part of a preliminary training program.

Following this retreat, training programs were instituted at the Sarnath Institute, and discussions are underway with the International Sangha to agree how best to undertake the training of a new generation of Indian monks.