Except for All Turkeys

Except for All Turkeys

The anagarikas at Sravasti Abbey offer this Thanksgiving poem to all our friends (by Terri Chambers [Ven. Tsultrim], Jonathan Owen, Ken Matthews, Daniela Mieritz [Ven. Jampa]: Terri: T’was the 24th of November And all through the states All the people were...
Challenging Ourselves

Challenging Ourselves

Becky applied to attend a course at the Abbey. In her application she said that she had a drink several times a week. We responded by asking her to stop drinking completely at least a month before coming to the Abbey so that she didn’t have to deal with changing this...
From Enemy to Brother

From Enemy to Brother

Kevin sent us this touching story, which is a perfect example of how artificial the categories of friend, enemy, and stranger are. When we look beyond superficial appearances and human-made boundaries, into people’s hearts, we see that we are all the same in wanting...
The Value of Constant Reminders

The Value of Constant Reminders

Cheri has been following our Bodhisattva Breakfast Corner talks for some time and wrote this note to the Abbey: Dear Venerables, Thank you all so much for everything that you do. I so appreciate all the teachings. For someone practicing alone, far from Sravasti Abbey,...
“You Have a Great Adventure Ahead of You”

“You Have a Great Adventure Ahead of You”

When Ken Matthews sent in his application to begin training at the Abbey for monastic ordination, he was concerned about the reactions of friends. He said, “Not all of the people in my life will understand my determination to ordain. It will also be very difficult for...
Cultural Diversity in the Medical Field

Cultural Diversity in the Medical Field

by Venerable Thubten Jigme I was invited to participate on a panel for a Culture and Diversity course for Washington State University College of Nursing. The goal of the panel was to inform a group of first year nursing students about how to best care for patients...