Generous Grant Helps Prison Dharma

Generous Grant Helps Prison Dharma

A grant from the Spokane Rotary Club benefits the incarcerated around the country In an effort to better serve our Dharma brothers and sisters in prisons, Sravasti Abbey recently received a grant from the Spokane Rotary Club 21 to purchase video equipment. This grant...
One Peace Many Paths

One Peace Many Paths

by Venerable Thubten Chonyi The idea was compelling: claim September 11 as a commemoration and commitment to peace, then practice peaceful means for the next 10 days. Unity Church in Spokane invited the Abbey and other faith traditions to join them in a citywide peace...
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...