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.

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...
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...
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...
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.

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...