Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Ken moved to the Abbey is July, ’11, and took anagarika precepts to begin preparing for monastic ordination. He wrote this for his family in Florida to contemplate on Thanksgiving Day. Giving thanks for what we have has many benefits. Through our cultivating sincere...
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].

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...
“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...