Pre-Inauguration Musings

Pre-Inauguration Musings

An open-hearted approach by Rebecca A family of concerned citizens Intent on virtue and Full awakening. Just people determine to practice – Together – for peace in a chaotic world. Nothing special, yet extraordinary Because of it. Relaxed, jovial, warm....
Sravasti Haiku

Sravasti Haiku

Eight haiku inspired by a stay at Sravasti Abbey by Christiaan Hannes Sravasti (1) Caress from afar. A breeze rustles distant leaves— and then I feel it. Sravasti (2) Lunch at Sravasti. Insects, birds and minds will fly— as mountains will not. Sravasti (3) Walking and...
eNews: January 2017

eNews: January 2017

Table of Contents Ven. Chodron and Ven. Damcho in Singapore and Malaysia Venerables in India Congratulating the New Geshe-mas! Sharing the Dharma Day Community Outreach December Holidays Books & Courses More News December has seen much coming and going, and plenty...
eNews: November 2016

eNews: November 2016

Table of Contents High School Students Visit A New Community Member In the Local Community Traveling and Teaching The 22nd Annual Buddhist Monastic Gathering The New Car More News It’s definitely autumn now, with a beautiful spread of yellow, orange, and red...
Taming the Mind

Taming the Mind

by Maureen Lynch I’ve noticed some positive things this week that helped me to change negative thinking. One thing happened as I was driving home from work. I was going through a very pretty neighborhood with beautiful homes. I immediately felt jealous and sorry for...
eNews: October 2016

eNews: October 2016

Table of Contents Cultivating Concentration Retreat Madhyamaka Through Metaphors Course Sharing the Dharma Day Offering Service Day The Forest New Website Coming Soon! More News As the seasons change, we’re heading into autumn. The bushes are red and yellow, and the...
eNews: September 2016

eNews: September 2016

Table of Contents The 12th Exploring Monastic Life Program Sharing the Dharma Day Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe Teaches on Aryadeva’s The Four Hundred Mugs for Miles A New Book: Good Karma Join Us on Milarepa’s Mile More News We’ve had a wealth of Dharma...
Mugs for Miles

Mugs for Miles

Hi. My name is Kuni and I visit the Abbey often. I’ve watched the nuns drive to Spokane and other places to teach Dharma classes over the years. I began to notice, “Wow, their car is really getting old. Is it safe?” In rain and snow they drive a 2000 Subaru....
Sharing the Dharma in the West

Sharing the Dharma in the West

Caz Lockwood attended a two-week course at Sravasti Abbey on Buddhism: One Teacher, Many Traditions, in November 2015. With many years of experience in event management, she served as Venerable Thubten Chodron’s assistant on a five-week teaching tour across eight...
eNews: August 2016

eNews: August 2016

Table of Contents Medicine Buddha Retreat Sharing the Dharma Day In Our Local Community Teaching at the Vietnamese Retreat A New Book: Good Karma A Wonderful Visit of Two Friends In the Forest and at Tara’s Refuge Another New Anagarika! Mugs for Miles Power of...
eNews: July 2016

eNews: July 2016

Table of Contents Prison Outreach Offering Service Saturday Meet the Neighbors Days Sharing the Dharma Day Tragedy in Orlando New Anagarikas Exploring Buddhism: Young Adult Week Community Outreach More News It’s summer and the Abbey is buzzing with Dharma...
Growing up in East Germany

Growing up in East Germany

Venerable Thubten Jampa shares about the culture she grew up in in the German Democratic Republic, and the process of transition after the fall of the Berlin Wall. See this June 27th BBC here. Living here at Sravasti Abbey, located in the US with most residents born...
Community Outreach

Community Outreach

by Venerable Thubten Chonyi The Spokane Interfaith Council, along with OutSpokane, invited the Abbey to take part in an interfaith worship service during the city’s 25th annual LGBTQ+ PRIDE Week. The organizers wanted to be as inclusive of all faith traditions...
The Fog of Ignorance

The Fog of Ignorance

Stephen rejoices in clarity: The fog of ignorance burned off by the rising sun of bright exalted wisdom, even the dew evaporating quickly. While obscured by this fog we are unable to see the vast landscape of karma and its effects only what is within our limited...
eNews: June 2016

eNews: June 2016

Table of Contents Venerable Chodron in Europe Part II Kathina & Sharing the Dharma Day Nyung Ne Retreat Seeing Yourself as You Really Are Retreat Outdoors at the Abbey Tara’s Refuge More News In addition to an explosion of iris blooms, May brought the first...
The Present

The Present

Stephen explores wanting: Anticipating an imagined future when we will finally be satisfied, we wish away the present, dissatisfied in every passing moment. Reminiscing about an idealized past when we had been happy, we long to return to that time, refusing to accept...
eNews: May 2016

eNews: May 2016

Table of Contents Sharing the Dharma Day Venerable Chodron in Michigan and Europe Pravarana Two New Bhikshunis! Sharing Your Joy Retreat Out in the Community More News April has brought its share of showers along with some days that were more like July and others that...
Hospital Pilgrimage

Hospital Pilgrimage

Jonathan Owen has been studying Dharma and Tibetan language in Dharamsala, India for a couple of years now and looked forward to his dad’s visit from the U.S. They had a wonderful time as Jon shared his enthusiasm for Buddhism and took his dad to his favorite temples...
eNews: April 2016

eNews: April 2016

Table of Contents Retreat Something Exciting Happened! Buddhism at Maitripa Conclusion of the Retreat A Song to Mummy Tara 2015 Annual Report More News Spring is definitely here with its snow/rain one day and glorious sunshine the next. We welcome all the weather—even...
eNews: March 2016

eNews: March 2016

Table of Contents 2016 one-month refuge retreatants. Their portraits are here. One Month Retreat Concludes Losar Tara Puja Abbey Life Roger Jackson’s Visit More News The days are slowly getting longer and winter is lightening up. After some lovely snowfalls at...