Christina Manriquez has trained earnestly at the Abbey for some time. On May 8, the Abbey’s resident bhikshuni sangha fulfilled her request by ordaining her as a novice nun. Her preceptor, Ven. Thubten Chodron, bestowed the new nun’s ordination name, Ven. Thubten Kunga, “the always happy one.” Ven. Thubten Tarpa, the Abbey’s most senior resident nun, was her instructor (acharya). Everyone at Sravasti The Abbey rejoices and welcomes Ven. Kunga into the sangha community!
Ven. Sangye Khadro led a packed weekend course on preparing spiritually for the one thing in life we know for sure will come—our own death. She based her talk on her free distribution book, Preparing for Death and Helping the Dying. About 50 participants, including residents, attended this meaningful course to learn how to think and meditate to familiarize ourselves now for the time of death.
Geshe Yeshi Lhundup visited the Abbey to share teachings on great compassion from Chandrakirti’s “Supplement to the Middle Way.” Geshe-la is a senior Dharma teacher at Drepung Loseling Monastery where he has taught for over 20 years. His teachings showed how to practice compassion conjoined with an understanding of impermanence and emptiness.
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