Fifteen participants, including five Abbey residents, joined this year’s Exploring Monastic Life program lead by Ven. Chodron. Participants have come from all over the world — India, Taiwan, Singapore, Germany, Netherlands, Australia, and the US. It’s an exciting time of exploration, joy, learning, insights, cooperation, and community.
Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe gave one week of teachings on the 2nd chapter of Pramanavarttika by Dharmakirti, a 7th century Indian master of logic and reasoning. A renowned master himself, Geshe Thabkhe is now 87 and traveling is not easy. However, he willingly and joyfully offered two excellent teachings daily via Livestream. His Holiness the Dalai Lama has emphasized the training in logic and reasoning to deeply understand the Dharma. With the help of Geshe Thabkhe and his able interpreter, Joshua Cutler, we are doing our best to follow our teachers’ instructions. Thank you!
About 10 members of the Abbey community joined Sarah and Doug at their lake place on the shores of Hayden Lake in Idaho. They enjoyed the time off to relax, read, play with Cora-the-dog, and sit by the water. There was canoeing, kayaking and then everyone shared wonderful lunch together. Thank you, Doug, Sarah, and the other lay friends who helped make this a wonderful outing!
On Sharing the Dharma Day, more than 60 people listened to Ven. Thubten Chodron’s talk on “Mindful Awareness,” Chapter 9 of An Open-Hearted Life. Meditating on and discussing the teachings brought great insight and joy, and many wonderful connections were made.
The day before was Offering Service Saturday, when about 15 volunteers came up to help with many projects such as forest support, gardening, cherry picking, mowing the forest paths and lawn, processing rhubarb, and cooking. It was a wonderful warm, sunny and joyful day. Thanks to everybody for your great support!