Gathas to Cultivate Bodhicitta In Daily Life

Offering service is a significant component of monastic training as we learn to incorporate the Buddha’s teachings into all our activities. The Sravasti Abbey community wrote their own thought-training gathas to transform their day-to-day tasks into bodhisattva...
What The Sunflower Teaches

What The Sunflower Teaches

Julia attended the celebration we had for International Bhikkhuni Day at the UU Church. When she saw one of the Abbey nuns, she handed her a huge sunflower, which the bhikkhuni gratefully accepted as we love sunflowers at the Abbey. Later, Julia sent us this...
A Bhikshuni’s Practice

A Bhikshuni’s Practice

Elycia Koh Yew Tee attended Exploring Buddhism, the program for young adults, in 2012, where she met Terri who was then an anagarika. When Terri  became a siksamana (nun in training), Elycia wrote this poem to celebrate.

Be Generous While You Can

Be Generous While You Can

Amanda Karg reflects on giving while faced with the impermance of life: Dear Venerable Chodron & Sravasti Abbey residents, I first heard Lamrim teachings a little over two years ago when I discovered your website and podcasts. It had a profound life-changing...
Exploring Monastic Life

Exploring Monastic Life

Nathan Robnett-Conover, who recently graduated college, is contemplating becoming a monk and attended the Exploring Monastic Life program to learn more. He wrote the following at the conclusion of the program. So often my Dharma practice feels like wandering through a...