Kindness

During a discussion group on the theme of kindness, Exiquio Cooper-Anderson had an “Ah ha” moment about kindness. Twenty-four years old and a veteran of the Iraq War, he had been at the Abbey almost two months when he wrote this. Q) What are the defining...
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...
240 Acres of Heart

240 Acres of Heart

Inspiring the spread of kindness By Joanne Dahla “…240 acres of heart…” This is something I said during our breakfast session on the last day of my first visit to Sravasti Abbey. I was attempting to describe what I had experienced here. The...
Tsongkhapa is Here!

Tsongkhapa is Here!

Jan Howell (now Venerable Tarpa) wrote this during Vajrasattva retreat at Sravasti Abbey, winter 2006. When the first light rays of dawn awaken the morning sky, May the words of Glorious Lama Tsongkhapa Arise in my heart. May the meaning of these words light a flame...