Thoughts on a One-Week Retreat

Thoughts on a One-Week Retreat

After attending teachings, visiting the Abbey for short retreats, and practicing for a couple of years, John Meienhofer from Boise did his first week-long retreat with Venerable Chodron at Cloud Mountain Retreat Center. He offers these reflections. by John Meienhofer...
Beautiful Birthday Wishes

Beautiful Birthday Wishes

Jodi Gulka from Red Deer, Alberta, Canada sent this prayer of aspiration for the Abbey’s fifth birthday: Hello to everyone at the Abbey and Happy Birthday!! Wishing everyone at the Abbey all the best!!! Busy week for everyone with the 5th birthday celebration...
My First Year as a Monastic

My First Year as a Monastic

On September 7 Venerable Thubten Semkye celebrated her first year of ordination with a letter to family and friends sharing her insights and extending her best wishes to them all. Dear friends and family, It’s hard to believe that a year has gone by since I took...
What Do You Give Up When You Ordain?

What Do You Give Up When You Ordain?

An aspiring monastic seeks advice from an ordained Dharma friend Question: I would like to get a dialogue going on some of the things that one gives up when one ordains. Which ones did you find
especially difficult and which ones were surprisingly easy? Answer: What...
Monasticism and Environmentalism

Monasticism and Environmentalism

As the climate crisis continues to escalate, one becomes much more aware of how lifestyles contribute to the current planetary state. As a monastic I appreciate the simplicity of life here at the Abbey where the community makes very intentional choices on how we live...
Medicine that Heals

Medicine that Heals

Mary Grace Lentz is a long-time student of Venerable Chodron and a good friend of Sravasti Abbey. She left this note after a recent visit: Finding words to express my gratitude is challenging. If I could show you the change in my heart and mind, even though brief, you...