A Joy Journal

A Joy Journal

A hospice worker, Lynn McDougal attended the course/retreat, “Preparing for Death, Caring for the Dying,” at the Abbey in May, 2010. She sent us this message a week or so after the retreat. I have to thank you once more for such stellar teachings about, and...
Sravasti Abbey Prison Outreach 2009

Sravasti Abbey Prison Outreach 2009

by Jack Weinberg Ven. Chodron began working with inmates in 1997 when an inmate wrote a letter to Dharma Friendship Foundation, the Dharma center where she taught, and requested information about Buddhism. Since then the project has expanded. Jack in Boise has handled...
The Bodhisattva’s Way: A New Christmas Tradition

The Bodhisattva’s Way: A New Christmas Tradition

A Dharma friend in Italy, Giacomo Dorigo, got the inspiration to request Abbey residents to recite the entire text of Shantideva’s A Guide to a Bodhisattva’s Way of Life on Christmas Day. He sent a beautiful dedication along with his offering and request:...
WOW!!

WOW!!

Patsy Koh expresses her encouragement for the Abbey and the website. For the past few years I have received regular updates of the Abbey’s activities through email. I visit the Sravasti Abbey website frequently and enjoy most when I browse through the photo gallery....
From Grumpiness to Goodness

From Grumpiness to Goodness

Wendy Garner discovers the joy in making offerings On the last day of a week-long retreat at Sravasti Abbey, I commented to a friend that I’d enjoyed every aspect of the retreat. However, it didn’t start out that way… On the first day of the retreat,...
Celebration and Recognition: Jeffrey Hopkins

Celebration and Recognition: Jeffrey Hopkins

One really marvelous thing of coming (to the Abbey) and seeing this now widespread community formed is the very fact that, to build such a community and for it to remain as a source of help and happiness for others—for this is what it is, right? It’s the aim—it takes...
Spiritual Time at Sravasti Abbey

Spiritual Time at Sravasti Abbey

Lizzie from Singapore reflects on her month-long visit It has long been my wish to visit Sravasti Abbey. The opportunity came for me to be able to make a trip there this October 2009. It was a long ride from Singapore, approximately 18 hours, but it was well worth it....
Poison and Medicine

Poison and Medicine

Gedun looks at what really brings suffering and what brings happiness: Renunciation can not be forced. We must look at our sufferings and see them as such. Not in the way where we intellectually look at something and say ‘This action/thing/emotion causes...
Confirmation in the Family Circle

Confirmation in the Family Circle

Claire Lewis is a local Dharma friend from Sandpoint who makes her way to Sharing the Dharma Day and an occasional weekend retreat. She sent this note about another form of Abbey connection. Dear Abbey and all, My mother-in-law is 97, and she subscribes to several...
The Practice of Forest Stewardship

The Practice of Forest Stewardship

As Dharma practitioners, we aspire to Buddhahood by developing the wish to benefit all living beings. Forest stewardship is a great example of how we can integrate that great aspiration into our daily lives. The forest is the home of countless living beings, many of...
Meeting our Singaporean Dharma Friends

Meeting our Singaporean Dharma Friends

by Venerable Thubten Chonyi I was in Singapore by the kind invitation of Friends of Sravasti Abbey Singapore (FOSAS) to accompany Venerable Chodron for her annual teaching trip. The Singaporeans have given so much to support Sravasti Abbey that it was high time they...
Getting Back on Track

Getting Back on Track

The following is excerpts from an email that Gena Butler wrote the Abbey, describing how she began healing from grief and getting back on track. Dear Venerables Thubten Chodron, Thubten Chonyi and Thubten Semkye, Venerable Chonyi, you gave me the most kind of words...
Generous Grant Helps Prison Dharma

Generous Grant Helps Prison Dharma

A grant from the Spokane Rotary Club benefits the incarcerated around the country In an effort to better serve our Dharma brothers and sisters in prisons, Sravasti Abbey recently received a grant from the Spokane Rotary Club 21 to purchase video equipment. This grant...
One Peace Many Paths

One Peace Many Paths

by Venerable Thubten Chonyi The idea was compelling: claim September 11 as a commemoration and commitment to peace, then practice peaceful means for the next 10 days. Unity Church in Spokane invited the Abbey and other faith traditions to join them in a citywide peace...
Thoughts on a One-Week Retreat

Thoughts on a One-Week Retreat

After attending teachings, visiting the Abbey for short retreats, and practicing for a couple of years, John Meienhofer from Boise did his first week-long retreat with Venerable Chodron at Cloud Mountain Retreat Center. He offers these reflections. by John Meienhofer...
Beautiful Birthday Wishes

Beautiful Birthday Wishes

Jodi Gulka from Red Deer, Alberta, Canada sent this prayer of aspiration for the Abbey’s fifth birthday: Hello to everyone at the Abbey and Happy Birthday!! Wishing everyone at the Abbey all the best!!! Busy week for everyone with the 5th birthday celebration...
My First Year as a Monastic

My First Year as a Monastic

On September 7 Venerable Thubten Semkye celebrated her first year of ordination with a letter to family and friends sharing her insights and extending her best wishes to them all. Dear friends and family, It’s hard to believe that a year has gone by since I took...
What Do You Give Up When You Ordain?

What Do You Give Up When You Ordain?

An aspiring monastic seeks advice from an ordained Dharma friend Question: I would like to get a dialogue going on some of the things that one gives up when one ordains. Which ones did you find
especially difficult and which ones were surprisingly easy? Answer: What...
Monasticism and Environmentalism

Monasticism and Environmentalism

As the climate crisis continues to escalate, one becomes much more aware of how lifestyles contribute to the current planetary state. As a monastic I appreciate the simplicity of life here at the Abbey where the community makes very intentional choices on how we live...
Medicine that Heals

Medicine that Heals

Mary Grace Lentz is a long-time student of Venerable Chodron and a good friend of Sravasti Abbey. She left this note after a recent visit: Finding words to express my gratitude is challenging. If I could show you the change in my heart and mind, even though brief, you...