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.
Exploring Monastic Life is our annual program for Dharma practitioners wishing to explore monastic life. A daily schedule of meditations, teachings, discussions, and offering service provides participants the opportunity to discover their deepest aspirations and share them with others. This year, people participated both in-person and online.
Ordination days are some of the most joyous times at the Abbey. On August 11, Venerable Thubten Chodron and the bhikshuni sangha ordained anagarika Nicole as Ven. Thubten Rinchen and Andrea from the Dharmadatta Nuns’ Community as Ven. Thubten Trinley. In addition, Stacy, Stephen, and Munsel (aka Sydney) took the eight precepts to begin their anagarika training. The ordination marked the end of this year’s Exploring Monastic Life retreat and gave participants a chance to witness this rare and meritorious event.
Reverend Gen Heywood, pastor of the Veradale United Church of Christ and founder of Faith Leaders and Leaders of Conscience of Eastern Washington and North Idaho, is a close friend who visits us to photograph special events and daily Abbey life. She recently visited and took photos for a photojournalism article she is writing on spiritual communities. All photos courtesy Gen Heywood Photography.
This month we welcomed many Dharma friends that we hadn’t seen since before Covid the lockdowns began. They brought lots of joy and support to help reorganize and clean out an office, stack firewood, and nourish flowers. We also reviewed our fire safety plan and supported Ven. Semkye with spreading the ashes of her dear sister Jane, who died three years ago. We thank all our volunteers for their immense kindness and support!
Learn from books by Ven. Thubten Chodron.