End of Retreat — March

Residents and guests finished up our silent winter retreat with tremendous gratitude to all our supporters who made this precious time possible.

Retreat Life 2 — March

Abbey residents are entering the last few days of retreat as spring returns. We cherish this optimal time to turn inward and apply the Dharma to gain transformation and insight, especially as the world deals with the effects of the coronavirus.

Retreat Life — March

Our retreat continues with 19 retreatants focusing on the Shakyamuni Buddha practice. Ven. Sangye Khadro has returned from teaching in Israel and Europe. Ven. Donyo, a guest monk from India, has joined us for two weeks. Ven. Jampa has returned from her pilgrimage and spring is in the air. Gathas in the captions are from the “41 Prayers to Cultivate Bodhicitta.”

Ven. Jampa on Pilgrimage — February

Ven. Jampa had the chance to join a pilgrimage with monastic and lay practitioners from Tibetan Center-Hamburg, Germany. They visited ancient meditation caves, the three main Gelug monasteries in South India, and Jangchub Choeling Nunnery. They even ran into Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo and her group at one of the caves! Afterwards, she returned to Germany to give talks and lead meditations before returning to the Abbey. She shared these images from her pilgrimage.

Community Retreat Life – February

The Abbey community has entered its quietest time of year as we continue our three-month silent retreat. We keep our bodies active and joyful by walking and visiting with furry friends, in addition to meditating, studying, and listening to teachings.

Three-Month Winter Retreat Participants — February

The one-month retreatants have departed, but 16 monastics and one anagarika are carrying on for another two months of meditation retreat at the Abbey. Some are continuing to meditate on Shakyamuni Buddha while others are doing deity practices. Ven. Losang is doing retreat elsewhere. All of us use this time to deepen our bodhicitta aspiration to benefit to all sentient beings.

End of One-Month Retreat – February

We bid farewell to the wonderful 12 guests who stayed with us during our one-month Shakyamuni Buddha winter retreat. We enjoyed our time together and hope to continue our Dharma connections far into the future!

Offering to His Holiness — January

Ven. Thubten Chodron has worked for decades to compile and edit a lifetime of teachings by his Holiness the Dalai Lama. Published as the series entitled The Library of Wisdom and Compassion, Wisdom Publications has released four volumes with more on the way. His Holiness insisted that Ven. Chodron be named as his co-author.

In December, Vens. Chodron and Damcho had a chance to offer Volumes 3 and 4—Samsara, Nirvana, and Buddha Nature and Following in the Buddha’s Footsteps—directly to His Holiness. Rejoice with us in this beautiful collaboration and offering!

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