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...
An Appreciation for Chenrezig Retreat from Afar

An Appreciation for Chenrezig Retreat from Afar

Creating an effective daily meditation practice: April, 2007 Dear Venerable Chodron, I sincerely appreciate having had the opportunity to participate in the Chenrezig retreat from afar. The retreat experience has benefited me greatly, especially by helping me to...