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Memorial Day Retreat- May

Every Memorial Day weekend we hold a big three-day retreat on Venerable Chodron’s book, Good Karma. With a turn-out of nearly 50 people, residents and guests received teachings, guided meditations, and discussed in groups how to create the causes of future happiness and prevent the causes of future suffering. All of us had the chance to reflect on the impact of our actions, so that we can make more skillful choices that lead to happiness.

Buddha Hall’s Second Floor Comes to Life! – May

Buddha Hall progress is steady and well-underway. This past month we’ve seen more upper floor concrete pours and framings, and lots of structural fill. Check out how the Buddha Hall continues to take shape in photos below. Watch Ven. Samten’s short video, A Landmark Day on the Buddha Hall Site.

Our Growing Sangha – May

The Abbey welcomes two new monks into our community—Venerable Thubten Gyatso and Venerable Thubten Konchog! How wonderful that the sangha of both nuns and monks is growing at the Abbey, where diversity, equality, and harmony go hand-in-hand. The Dharma continuously touches the hearts and minds of people, leading some to dedicate their lives to liberation and awakening. Here’s a look into the recent ordination, our day of celebration.

Abbey Life – May

May has given us a chance to spend quality time with friends and sangha members! We played (i.e. offered service) in the woods and rolled mantra on Offering Service Saturday, spent a day out at our friend Kuni’s and a local park, and worked around the clock to share the Dharma with sentient beings.

Peaceful Living, Peaceful Dying Retreat – May

Who knew a day and a half of meditation and teachings on death could be so meaningful! Venerable Sangye Khadro led the Peaceful Living, Peaceful Dying retreat again this year. Guests and residents benefited so much from reflecting deeply on the transient nature of our own lives and the natural world we live in.

Buddha Hall Bonanza – April

We’re still floored by the painstaking work of the Buddha Hall workers, and how the temple is shaping out more and more each day to be what we envision. This month has seen concrete pours, setting of more Faswall blocks, huge window and door framings, and beautiful views from the newly completed second floor.

Sharing the Dharma – April

We’re rejoicing in many fruitful exchanges this week. Local friends came up for our first Sharing the Dharma Day of 2023, a long-time Dharma student requested training, and two nuns attended an interfaith Earth Day vigil in Spokane to advocate for the environment.

Abbey Life – April

Spring is here, and with its arrival many new guests have come to the Abbey to spend some time with us! Whether it’s to offer service or get some space for reflection, our friends have come to reconnect and practice the Dharma for the well-being of all sentient beings.

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Newport WA 99156 USA
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