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...
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...
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...
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...
Prayer to Tara on Behalf of Animals

Prayer to Tara on Behalf of Animals

“Let their rebirths make them upright and alert, ready to be a vessel for the Dharma” by Lisa Stewart Compassionate Mother Tara I respectfully prostrate at your perfect feet and present to you clouds of a countless variety of offerings. Beloved Tara Please look...
Practical Dharma

Practical Dharma

Ulric Lequest is a 23-year-old student in anthropology who attended the Buddhist Practice and Community Living program for young adults at the Abbey in June, 2006. Just after that, he went to Brazil to do research on creating functioning and empowering communities....