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...
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...
Bringing Compassion to the Prison System

Bringing Compassion to the Prison System

by Ven. Thubten Semkye The Dalai Lama’s message of tolerance, personal responsibility, and charity has provided a unifying commonality for a group of folks in Spokane who have formed an organization called Friends of Compassion. The central question arose: “How...