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....
Learning to Create a Happy Mind

Learning to Create a Happy Mind

Tanya Lasuk stumbles onto a technique sitting in plain sight: About a year ago, it occurred to me that for a sadhana practice to be transformational, the imagery and recitations have to be deeply felt and experienced. Otherwise, the practice becomes a particularly...
Through the Dharma Doorway

Through the Dharma Doorway

Jane Roos enrolled in the initial 12-week introductory course of the Abbey’s online distance learning program. These are her end-of-course reflections: Twelve weeks ago, at the beginning of Course 1A, I crossed a threshold through which there seems to be no way back....