Around 60 participants, including residents, joined our annual Labor Day weekend retreat. This may be the largest number of participants yet! Fortunately, we have enough sleeping space, but barely enough room for everyone to meditate. And definitely not enough space for full-length prostration practices. Still, Ven. Thubten Chodron offered amazing teachings based on the concentration chapter of Following in the Buddha’s Footsteps, Volume 4 of the Library of Wisdom and Compassion that will be published in October. Retreatants left with excellent guidance for stabilizing our meditation.
The Abbey community and guests had the great opportunity to receive teachings on Indian master Dharmakirti’s text on logic and reasoning, Pramanavarttika. We were fortunate to study this text with Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe, a great Buddhist scholar and practitioner who resides 6 months a year at the Tibetan Learning Center in New Jersey. Geshe Thabkhe taught via Live Stream with Joshua Cutler as his interpreter.
Once a year the Abbey, along with millions of Buddhists worldwide, celebrates the Buddha’s first teaching when he introduced the Four Noble Truths. It’s an auspicious day, a day to rejoice in Buddha’s virtuous deeds and the continuing effects of his teachings. This year, the day fell on our August Sharing the Dharma Day. Photos are by Gen Heywood Photography.
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