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Know Your Mind Retreat with Ven. Sangye Khadro – November 

Ven. Sangye Khadro finished up a three-part series of weekend retreats entitled Know Your Mind, which covered the important study of mind and mental factors. Each retreat provided new insight into the mind’s capacity for transformation. The most recent retreat focused mainly on the six root afflictions and 20 auxilliary non-virtuous mental factors. Teachings and meditations from all three retreats are slowly being added to the Abbey’s YouTube channel. The series starts here.

Abbey Life – November 

As we approach the winter season, Abbey residents and and a few long-term guests enjoy the cooler temperatures, colorful forests and fields, shifting skies, and our first snow fall. We continue to offer service in the garden, kitchen, forest, the video department, and all the other places where we practice and share the Dharma.

Compassion in Action – November 

Lately, the Abbey community has enjoyed many opportunities to put our compassion into action. We received in-depth teachings on Lama Tsongkhapa’s classic Illumination of the Thought with Geshe Yeshi Lhundup of Drepung Monastery. We’ve also done a lot of outdoor work in the magnificent autumn weather, performed pujas, led online meditations, and much more.

Colorful October

Life at the Abbey has been as colorful as the autumn trees. Alongside the changing leaves, residents and guests have engaged in all kinds of activities, from rolling mantra to burning piles of forest debris, welcoming guests, hosting a film crew, attending teachings, and much more.

Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe teaches the Pramanavarttika – October

Residents and guests had another amazing opportunity to receive teachings from esteemed Dharma master Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe. This year, in the fourth year of teaching on this text, Geshe-la completed Chapter 2 of Pramanavarttika by master Dharmakirti. Many students joined the teachings on YouTube. Time and again Dharmakhirti and Geshe la outlined reasonings to show that the wisdom realizing selflessness offers the only way to attain liberation. Now it is up to us to meditate upon it again and again. 

Beautiful Autumn Life – October

Autumn brings brilliant colors to Sravasti Abbey, along with lots of outside activities—harvesting fruit, forest management, building maintenance—beautiful skies, and a brilliant moon.

108 Verses Praising Great Compassion with Geshe Dadul – September

The community looks forward to Geshe Dadul Namgyal’s insightful (and fun!) teachings each year. Though he was unable to be here in person, we met via Zoom. Over six days, Geshe la delivered profound teachings on Ven. Lobsang Tayang’s “108 Verses Praising Great Compassion called a Precious Crystal Rosary,” leading us to a deeper appreciation and understanding of great compassion.

Monastics Too Can Have Fun! – September

This month we took some time to rejuvenate and have fun on an outing to Priest Lake and to celebrate Ven. Chodron’s birthday.

Offering Service at Sravasti Abbey – September

Offering service to the Three Jewels in different ways is an essential part of everyday life at Sravasti Abbey. We clean the surrounding forest of overgrowth to protect it from fire and to support its health. We grow vegetables in our community garden, take care of the property’s infrastructure, and much more.

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