Abbey Life, Fall Into Winter — November
The Abbey remains closed to visitors as the coronavirus continues its spread across the U.S. and the world. Still, monastics daily offer service to the Three Jewels in various ways: maintaining our own practice and study, plus attending online conferences, doing prayer services, offering Sharing the Dharma Days, meditation classes, and teachings and online retreats. Never doubt the effort to create peace in a chaotic world!
Undaunted by the pandemic, Geshe Yeshi Lhundup continued the teaching he began last year on Je Rinpoche’s Illumination of the Thought. Late at night, for six days, he Zoom-ed from his room at Drepung Loseling Monastery in India so that we could have morning teachings. The text is a commentary on Chandrakirti’s Supplement (or Entrance) to the Middle Way, itself a commentary on Nagarjuna’s Fundamental Verses on the Middle Way. Geshe-la led us to explore the wisdom of these great masters, whose works span many centuries. We were supported by follow-up reviews with Ven. Chodron and Ven. Sangye Khadro . What in incredible and rare opportunity to study these teachings in English! Watch them here.
At 90 years old, Tibetan master scholar Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe continues to share his deep Dharma knowledge, wisdom, and compassion with students worldwide. The Abbey community has been fortunate to partake of Geshe-la’s profound teachings on Chapter 2 of Pramanavarttika, an ancient Indian text on logic and reasoning that gives a foundation for Tibetan-style debate. Watch the teachings on YouTube.
On October 7, Laresa left the householder’s life to take novice ordination and Nicole started her training at Sravasti Abbey as an anagarika to see if monastic life is a good fit for her. The Abbey community and all the buddhas and bodhisattvas rejoiced at these two very auspicious occasions!
The Abbey community has been swept up in many virtuous activities, including a long-life puja for our precious teacher Venerable Chodron on her birthday, followed by four days of philosophical teachings by Geshe Dadul Namgyal.
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