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Monastics Too Can Have Fun! – September

This month we took some time to rejuvenate and have fun on an outing to Priest Lake and to celebrate Ven. Chodron’s birthday.

Offering Service at Sravasti Abbey – September

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.

Labor Day Retreat 2021 – September

This year’s Labor Day weekend retreat focused on generosity, the first of the six paramitas. Ven. Chodron gave clear teachings on generosity from the book Nagarjuna on the Six Perfections and enriched each session with lots of stories.

More Ordination Pictures by Rev. Gen Heywood – August

Rev. Genevieve Heywood, pastor of the Veradale United Church of Christ in Spokane Valley, is a gifted and generous photographer. She brought her talents to capture the recent ordinations that took place at the Abbey.

Abbey Life in August

This month, we enjoyed the company of guests who helped us take care of the Abbey’s facilities and grounds. We connected with friends during Sharing the Dharma Day and offered a short weekend retreat with Ven. Sangye Khadro on mind and mental factors.

Exploring Monastic Life 2021 – August

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 Day – August

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.

Abbey Life through Rev. Heywood’s Lens – August

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.

Abbey Life – July

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!

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