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....
Power of Compassion Retreat

Power of Compassion Retreat

Nancy was a Emergency Room doctor for thirty years. She attended the Power of Compassion retreat led by Ven. Chodron at Sravasti Abbey in July, 2013. Here she shares a breakthrough she had during the retreat that is carrying forward into her life. I still see their...
First Impressions: India after a Week

First Impressions: India after a Week

Venerable Chonyi comes face to face with suffering: Sacred India, seat of the Buddha, Shakyamuni, Precious teacher, supreme physician, Healer of all disease, Whose powerful medicine destroys all their causes. Om mani padme hum. Disease manifests physically in human...
What The Sunflower Teaches

What The Sunflower Teaches

Julia attended the celebration we had for International Bhikkhuni Day at the UU Church. When she saw one of the Abbey nuns, she handed her a huge sunflower, which the bhikkhuni gratefully accepted as we love sunflowers at the Abbey. Later, Julia sent us this...