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...
First Ordination at Sravasti Abbey

First Ordination at Sravasti Abbey

by Thubten Chodron Not only was October 2, 2006 tsok day, Yom Kippur, the first day of Ramadan, and Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, it was also the day of the first ordination at Sravasti Abbey Jan Howell, who has been living at the Abbey for a year and a half-one...
My Thoughts on Ordination

My Thoughts on Ordination

The first thing to relate about this experience is the joy. This has been a time filled with many days of joy and it is to be shared. Many people and events came together just for the ceremony itself, not to mention the path leading to this day. So before I describe...
Delight in Giving

Delight in Giving

Susan and Paul Mitchell donated and installed a new stove at the Abbey. We wrote to thank them and this was Susan’s reply: We’re happy you like the stove-I’ve wanted to replace it for a long time, so it gives me a lot of pleasure to be able to offer...
The Value of Taking Refuge

The Value of Taking Refuge

… and the power of a community of practitioners The following letter was written to the Abbey residents after Lydie, a young woman from France, visited us for nearly two weeks in August and September, 2006. My Dear Friends at Sravasti Abbey, My stay at Sravasti...
I’m Thinking of Ordaining

I’m Thinking of Ordaining

Ven. Thubten Chodron responds to a student’s queries about ordaining Letter from Anita Dear Ven. Chodron, I’ve been considering ordaining but have some doubts and questions. I live alone, and I feel alone. I have good work as a high school teacher, which gives...