We hosted about 40 guests and 16 residents over four days during the New Year Vajrasattva Retreat. It was a filled weekend—lots of people, meditation, and teachings on the practice of Vajrasattva, the Buddha of Purification, with Ven. Chodron. (See the teachings on our YouTube channel.)
We also enjoyed daily guided meditation sessions and group discussions. Throughout, we kept silence well and met each other in kindness, closeness, and understanding. Happy new year to all! May genuine peace — born from the Three Higher Trainings of ethical conduct, meditative concentration, and the wisdom realizing the ultimate nature — prevail!
Ven. Chodron and Ven. Damcho continued the Singapore visit by visiting Dharma centers and Dharma friends, all supported by the Friends of Sravasti Abbey – Singapore. Ven. Chodron gave teachings at several more locations. Then a large group turned out at the airport to send the nuns back to the U.S. where they immediately joined the community for the winter varsa rites.
The first two weeks were rather quiet at the Abbey as there were few guests. However, guests and residents took part in an 5-day mediation course. Abbey friend Kathy Elton is a professional mediator and skilled teacher. She helped us learn ways to handle conflict, teaching tools to work within ourselves and within the community.