Sravasti Haiku

Sravasti Haiku

Eight haiku inspired by a stay at Sravasti Abbey by Christiaan Hannes Sravasti (1) Caress from afar. A breeze rustles distant leaves— and then I feel it. Sravasti (2) Lunch at Sravasti. Insects, birds and minds will fly— as mountains will not. Sravasti (3) Walking and...
Self-Acceptance

Self-Acceptance

a motivation by Stephen Taul   Recently, I have been focusing on the practices of self-acceptance and self-empathy as taught in Non-Violent Communication. It seems to me that this is the first thing to do on the spiritual path. How can we develop compassion for...
Prayer Request for Sravasti Abbey

Prayer Request for Sravasti Abbey

by Dawson Marino Dawson visited the Abbey for several weeks. When he returned to his home, he left behind this beautiful wish inspired by Indian sage Shantideva. May you be guards for those who are protectorless Guides for those who journey on the road. For those who...
So Now What?

So Now What?

by Kenneth Mondal  Okay. My worst nightmare has now come to pass. It appears that hatred, anger, bigotry, misogyny and xenophobia has been legitimized. We have just witnessed an election season where the Ten Non-Virtues of body, speech and mind are now politically the...
Taming the Mind

Taming the Mind

by Maureen Lynch I’ve noticed some positive things this week that helped me to change negative thinking. One thing happened as I was driving home from work. I was going through a very pretty neighborhood with beautiful homes. I immediately felt jealous and sorry for...
Sharing the Dharma in the West

Sharing the Dharma in the West

Caz Lockwood attended a two-week course at Sravasti Abbey on Buddhism: One Teacher, Many Traditions, in November 2015. With many years of experience in event management, she served as Venerable Thubten Chodron’s assistant on a five-week teaching tour across eight...