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It’s Blooming and Flourishing – May

May brings the community lots of opportunities to reach out to all sentient beings, not just by teaching the Dharma, but also by nurturing the garden and the forest. We are grateful to have this opportunity to study, practice, and benefit all kinds of beings.

Spring Activities at the Abbey – April

After a long winter, we now have many opportunities to go outside. Even our four-legged friends are using their outdoor “kitty condos” to watch the frogs and birds return. We joyously performed our annual Kathina ceremony and received the robe of merit.

Samsara, Nirvana, and Buddha Nature – April

In this five-day course, Venerable Chodron began teaching the third volume in the Library of Wisdom and Compassion series co-authored with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. About 100 participants joined, including residents and online listeners. Ven. Chodron did not shy away from presenting the reality of samsara by teaching us about the Four Truths of the Aryas. She will continue teaching from this volume on Friday nights. Find the live and archived teachings here.

Abbey Life in Spring – April

Each spring brings magnificent skies, lots of sun, sweet smells, and animal mating calls to the Abbey. The community has begun to cultivate the gardens and put out the lawn furniture, while Ven. Chodron has offered a number of online teachings.

End of Retreat Celebrations – April

Abbey residents conclude Varsa, our annual monastic retreat, with the ceremony called Pravarana in which we invite feedback from fellow monastics to restore our precepts, promote harmony, and strengthen our commitment to the Dharma. Pravarana is one of the four main ceremonies that monastic communities are required to hold each a year.

Emerging from Winter Retreat – April

After a long winter retreat, we are slowly returning to our regular Abbey schedule with teachings, meetings, grounds care, and housekeeping. We welcome the upcoming months with joy and enthusiasm and look forward to benefiting sentient beings far and wide.

End of 3-Month Winter Retreat – March

It’s been a wonderful, full retreat, with five meditation sessions daily and times of offering service to support the retreat. We are grateful to all the supporters who made this possible and commit to repaying your kindness through our deepening practice and service. We dedicate our merit to the quick awakening of all sentient beings and are grateful to continue providing the Buddha’s teachings to students far and wide.

Early Signs of Spring – March

Early spring awakens nature and gives residents more opportunities to engage in various outdoor activities to benefit sentient beings..

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