2021 Photo Gallery

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It’s Blooming and Flourishing – May

May brings the community lots of opportunities to reach out to all sentient beings, not just by teaching the Dharma, but also by nurturing the garden and the forest. We are grateful to have this opportunity to study, practice, and benefit all kinds of beings.

Spring Activities at the Abbey – April

After a long winter, we now have many opportunities to go outside. Even our four-legged friends are using their outdoor “kitty condos” to watch the frogs and birds return. We joyously performed our annual Kathina ceremony and received the robe of merit.

Samsara, Nirvana, and Buddha Nature – April

In this five-day course, Venerable Chodron’s began teaching the third volume in the Library of Wisdom and Compassion series co-authored with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. About 100 participants joined, including residents and online listeners. Ven. Chodron did not shy away from presenting the reality of samsara by teaching us about the Four Truths of the Aryas. She will continue teaching from this volume on Friday nights. Go here to find the live and archived teachings

Abbey Life in Spring – April

Each spring brings magnificent skies, lots of sun, sweet smells, and animal mating calls to the Abbey. The community has begun to cultivate the gardens and put out the lawn furniture, while Ven. Chodron has offered a number of online teachings.

End of Retreat Celebrations – April

Abbey residents conclude Varsa, our annual monastic retreat, with the ceremony called Pravarana in which we invite feedback from fellow monastics to restore our precepts, promote harmony, and strengthen our commitment to the Dharma. Pravarana is one of the four main ceremonies that monastic communities are required to hold each a year.

Emerging from Winter Retreat – April

After a long winter retreat, we are slowly returning to our regular Abbey schedule with teachings, meetings, grounds care, and housekeeping. We welcome the upcoming months with joy and enthusiasm and look forward to benefiting sentient beings far and wide.

End of 3-Month Winter Retreat – March

It’s been a wonderful, full retreat, with five meditation sessions daily and times of offering service to support the retreat. We are grateful to all the supporters who made this possible and commit to repaying your kindness through our deepening practice and service. We dedicate our merit to the quick awakening of all sentient beings and are grateful to continue providing the Buddha’s teachings to students far and wide.

Early Signs of Spring – March

Early spring awakens nature and gives residents more opportunities to engage in various outdoor activities to benefit sentient beings..

Tara Retreat – March

We’re still in the middle of our winter Green Tara retreat. Over the weeks the community has been going deeper into our minds and hearts. We celebrated the Day of Miracles by taking the eight Mahayana precepts and reciting all of our monastic precepts. The days have been in silence otherwise, very serene and very peaceful.

Nature’s Beauty in Winter – February

After a very mild winter, we finally had some good snow storms recently. During the winter months, we offer the local wildlife food and protection. The generosity of giving safety and food is one of the six far-reaching practices of bodhisattvas.

Retreat Life During Winter – February

During the annual winter retreat, Abbey residents connect deeply with the Dharma in order to transform our minds. This year, we are focusing on Tara’s swift compassion, trying to cultivate her qualities in order to benefit all sentient beings. We are also purifying our body, speech and mind from non-virtuous deeds done in this and previous lives. This is a rare and precious opportunity and we are grateful to all those who make this retreat possible.

Lunar New Year Celebration – February

On February 13, we celebrated Lunar New Year with a Cittamani Tara puja requested by students from Singapore and Malaysia. The event was streamed online. It was a happy and inspiring occasion as we celebrated with each other and with Arya Tara.

Winter’s Glory – February

Sparkling snowfalls and stunning sunrises and sunsets provide a beautiful backdrop to our winter retreat. We’re in silence, but friendly wildlife keeps us company between meditation sessions.

Winter Retreat Life – January

Winter retreat is a special time for Abbey residents to reconnect with the most nourishing aspects of their practice. This year, half of the community offers service to keep the Abbey running, while the other half is devoted to “strict” retreat. Then, halfway through the three-month timeframe, our roles will switch. Most residents are doing the Green Tara practice, while some are doing refuge, mandala, and prostration ngondros (preliminary practices) or deity retreats.

Dharma Pets – January

Our pets are important Dharma companions along the spiritual path. With each exchange of affection, we plant the seeds of love and compassion in each other’s mindstreams that will help us become buddhas. May we always have friendly companions along the path to awakening!

New Year’s Vajrasattva Retreat – January

A record 164 people participated in the 2021 New Year’s Vajrasattva Retreat, our most popular retreat held online this year. After all, what better way to bring in a new year than letting go of our regrets, making amends, and recommitting to our deepest values?

Entering Varsa – January

Varsa—the annual three-month monastic retreat—is one of the rites the Buddha stipulated for a functioning monastic community. The Abbey’s annual varsa coincides with our winter meditation retreat. It’s a time for community meditation, study, and deepening in the Dharma. This year’s varsa includes 12 fully ordained nuns (bhikshunis), one fully ordained monk, and four shiksamanas—nuns in training for full ordination.

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