A Day in Nature

A Day in Nature

by Janet Single-Schwall I wanted to share about the day in nature that my husband David and I were privileged to have with Venerables Semkye, Samten, Chonyi, and Damcho. We picked them up after breakfast on September 29, 2014 and headed to the ancient Ross Creek Cedar...
Planning Ahead

Planning Ahead

We have all heard it — death is certain, time of death uncertain, next life uncertain—so, practice Dharma purely, now. One of our dear Dharma friends, Sage Miller, attended a Retreat on Death and Caring for the Dying at the Abbey and took the above advice seriously....
Causes for Calm

Causes for Calm

Carrie Loranger, a student in the Sravasti Abbey Friends Education (SAFE) distance learning program, examines causes and effects of living the Dharma: This past week reflections on karma came up quite a bit. We do not know what karma we come into this life with, so...
Happiness

Happiness

Stephen W. attended a course given by Ven. Chodron in the early 1990s in India and has remained her student since. In 2014, he included the following in a letter to her. I remembered a conversation we once had when I was about 24 I think. I thought I would share it...
Xalapa Group Retreat from Afar

Xalapa Group Retreat from Afar

Diana writes on behalf of the Rechung Dorje Dragpa center in Xalapa, Mexico, to share their experiences of doing the Vajrasattva Retreat from Afar together. We were 16 people doing the retreat, many of us for the first time. Additionally, other people attended our...
It Could Happen to You

It Could Happen to You

Suzanne Chudejova, who recently relocated from Europe back to her family home in South Carolina where she met Ven. Chonyi, wrote to the Abbey about her brush with death. I had an accident 2 weeks ago. I fell down some stairs and landed chest-down onto concrete....