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...
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...
Should I Go for Full Ordination?

Should I Go for Full Ordination?

Ven. Thubten Chodron responds to questions from a novice nun (Skt: sramanerika; Tib: getsulma) Letter from Chokyi Dear Ven. Chodron, I wanted to ask you about gelongma (bhikshuni) vows. I ordained as a novice two years ago, and a year ago, I asked my teacher, Geshe...
First Ordination at Sravasti Abbey

First Ordination at Sravasti Abbey

by Thubten Chodron Not only was October 2, 2006 tsok day, Yom Kippur, the first day of Ramadan, and Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, it was also the day of the first ordination at Sravasti Abbey Jan Howell, who has been living at the Abbey for a year and a half-one...