No Small Thing: Gifts from China

No Small Thing: Gifts from China

The box that arrived from China was not small. Heavy and a little battered from transit, it held a precious treasure—32 volumes of Vinaya texts. Along with the gift came unexpected recognition for what we’re doing here at Sravasti Abbey. The texts are the...
Varsa Begins with Vinaya Teachings

Varsa Begins with Vinaya Teachings

Entering the varsa with special Vinaya teachings from Ven. Heng-Ching from Taiwan The community began our fourth annual varsa—the 3-month “snows retreat” for the monastic community—with ceremonies and Vinaya teachings. Ven. Heng-Ching Shih of National...
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...
Joy at Living at Sravasti Abbey

Joy at Living at Sravasti Abbey

Venerable Thubten Jampa has lived at Sravasti Abbey for three years now and recently went to her native Germany for a visit. After a month she had a Skype call with the Abbey community to catch up and share. Afterwards she wrote the following to the community. I am...