A Bhikshuni’s Practice

A Bhikshuni’s Practice

Elycia Koh Yew Tee attended Exploring Buddhism, the program for young adults, in 2012, where she met Terri who was then an anagarika. When Terri  became a siksamana (nun in training), Elycia wrote this poem to celebrate. Seeing the truth in the Buddha’s Dhamma; Dhukka...
eNews: September 2012

eNews: September 2012

Table of Contents Exploring Monastic Life Chenrezig Hall Volunteers & Sharing the Dharma Day Guests and Projects Teachings SAFE Course Resumes September 10 More News Turkeys, flowers, veggies, buildings, knowledge, and merit—everything is growing at Sravasti Abbey...
Value of a supportive community for monastic training

Value of a supportive community for monastic training

While an anagarika Venerable Jampa wrote this reflection on the supportive Abbey community I have been living at Sravasti Abbey as an anagarika (someone keeping eight precepts) since October 2011. After my attendance at Exploring Monastic Life in August 2010 I took...
Be Generous While You Can

Be Generous While You Can

Amanda Karg reflects on giving while faced with the impermance of life: Dear Venerable Chodron & Sravasti Abbey residents, I first heard Lamrim teachings a little over two years ago when I discovered your website and podcasts. It had a profound life-changing...
Exploring Monastic Life

Exploring Monastic Life

Nathan Robnett-Conover, who recently graduated college, is contemplating becoming a monk and attended the Exploring Monastic Life program to learn more. He wrote the following at the conclusion of the program. So often my Dharma practice feels like wandering through a...
eNews: August 2012

eNews: August 2012

Table of Contents Dagmo Kusho-la’s Retreat Chenrezig Hall Teachings Nature Volunteer Appreciation Activities at the Abbey Visitors SAFE Course Resumes September 10 Pearl of Wisdom on Amazon.com More News After a wet spring, summer finally arrived and the Abbey’s...
eNews: July 2012

eNews: July 2012

Table of Contents Vesak Day Young Adults Exploring Buddhism Chenrezig Hall Happenings at the Abbey: Sharing the Dharma Day and Open House Seeing Yourself as You Really Are Retreat Prison Visits Out & About The Meditation Hall, Garden & Forest A New Book Is...
Retreat at Sravasti Abbey

Retreat at Sravasti Abbey

Lori Batina expresses appreciation after attending a weekend retreat: I would describe my visit to Sravasti Abbey for a weekend retreat as much needed nourishment along the path of life. Every now and then these all too brief but exquisite moments in time happen when...
eNews: June 2012

eNews: June 2012

Table of Contents Teaching in Asia Sravasti Abbey Makes the National News Meditation Hall & Chenrezig Hall Chenrezig All Over the World The Garden & Forest in Spring Volunteer Meeting & May Visitors Nonviolent Communication: Growing Harmony in the...
eNews: May 2012

eNews: May 2012

Table of Contents On the Road Welcome and Farewell Chenrezig Hall Chenrezig Mantra Recitation Sravasti Abbey Friends Education Sharing the Dharma Day Forgiveness Retreat & North Idaho College Talk Other News That song about April showers is true this spring at the...
eNews: April 2012

eNews: April 2012

Table of Contents Guy Newland Teaches on Nagarjuna Winter Retreat Concludes The Growing bhikshuni Sangha Sharing the Dharma Day and Other Guests Making Merit with Manis Seeking Short-term Volunteer Web Designer Other News Spring is arriving at the Abbey, with...
A Motivation of Appreciation

A Motivation of Appreciation

At the end of the Vajrasattva retreat in 2012, several of the participants did a “group motivation” one morning to thank the nuns who had given instructions on the Vajrasattva practice. Here is what they shared: Lorena: In The Little Prince, the Little Prince mentions...
eNews: March 2012

eNews: March 2012

Table of Contents Winter Retreat Is Almost Over Venerable Samten Goes for bhiksunī Ordination Sravasti Abbey: The Movie Sravasti Abbey Friends Education (SAFE) Guy Newland Is Coming Back Other News As the days grow longer the snow comes and goes. The paths alternately...
eNews: February 2012

eNews: February 2012

Table of Contents We’re Back in the Meditation Hall! Winter Retreat Retreat from Afar Other News Winter retreat brings a quiet time at the Abbey. There’s a lot going on, but it’s happening within people’s minds and hearts, so there’s little...
Back on the Path

Back on the Path

by Jillian As often happens, people practice enthusiastically for a while, and then as time goes on their enthusiasm lessens, their practice and study of the Dharma goes by the wayside, and they return to their previous habits in many areas of their lives. This is...
The Mirror of the Mind

The Mirror of the Mind

by Atenea Garza Levy For years I didn’t understand why my grandmother answered, “Hearts are mirrors,” every time I told her I loved her. I spent quite some time thinking what that could mean, and then I decided to stop, because I was only circling around the same...
Transformation

Transformation

One of the Retreatants from Afar wrote us about an unexpected result of her Dharma practice. Mary Grace teaches school and is a wife, mother, and grandmother in addition to being a Dharma practitioner. I want to thank all of you at the Abbey for this beautiful and...
eNews: January 2012

eNews: January 2012

Table of Contents Two New bhikshunis! Venerable Chodron’s Trip to Asia The Meditation Hall Retreat Begins! Lama Tsongkhapa Day Other News We send you warm holiday greetings and all good wishes for the New Year. Our Dharma practice enables us to create the causes...
A Parent’s Letter to His Children

A Parent’s Letter to His Children

Henry Baey was on the pilgrimage following the International Buddhist Congregation in Delhi, in November, 2011. His visit to the ruins of Nalanda University affected him deeply, sparking the following email to his sons who were back in Singapore. Whats App to Yi-Wei...
How to Wake Up or How to Cultivate Bodhicitta?

How to Wake Up or How to Cultivate Bodhicitta?

Daniela Mieritz adjusts to Abbey life with the help of bodhicitta: “When some teachers of the past reflected on the rarity of human existence they did not even feel like sleeping, they could not bear to waste a single moment. They put all their energy into...