Sobering Up from Samsara

Sobering Up from Samsara

Ven. Damcho gives an illuminating description of monastic life, starting with the mind of the new arrival. Finally, the big day arrives. After thinking deeply about monastic life for a number of years, attending meditation retreats, visiting monasteries and speaking...
Capitol Christmas Tree

Capitol Christmas Tree

by Thubten Chonyi Small town Newport, Washington was the send-off point for this year’s Capitol Christmas Tree, which is displayed annually at the Capitol building in Washington D.C. Newport is also home to Sravasti Abbey, a Buddhist monastery in the Tibetan...

Gathas to Cultivate Bodhicitta In Daily Life

Offering service is a significant component of monastic training as we learn to incorporate the Buddha’s teachings into all our activities. The Sravasti Abbey community wrote their own thought-training gathas to transform their day-to-day tasks into bodhisattva...
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...
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...