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Online: Exploring Monastic Life

July 28, 2021 @ 11:00 am - August 8, 2021 @ 12:30 pm PDT

Layman and nuns outdoors with prayerful hands.

Exploring Monastic Life

via Zoom

July 28 – August 8

Exploring Monastic Life is a study and community experience

with Ven. Thubten Chodron and the Sravasti Abbey Community

Exploring Monastic Life is for qualified lay people exploring the possibility of ordination, and for monks and nuns that have been ordained for five years or less.

Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron teaches from over 40 years of experience as a monastic. In addition to receiving daily teachings, you will be able to interact with members of Abbey’s resident monastic community.

Applicants must have taken refuge in the Three Jewels at least one year ago and must not be in a long-term relationship. Priority will be given to applicants under 50 years old.

Registration is now closed for 2021. Check back next year.

Online participants must commit to attend all sessions. Your dana offerings are welcomed.

For people requesting to attend in person:

  • We request $250 to reserve your place. Your generosity supports the program for fellow participants. You can offer here.
  •  You must also scan and send proof of your full vaccination to the office when you send in the registration form: Abbey Office.

All programs are offered freely at the Abbey, and making an offering for the benefit of others generates much merit.

Read about our Economy of Generosity.


All sessions are offered at same Zoom link.

Wed July 28
3:45 Intro to EML at Sravasti Abbey with Ven, Chodron
July 29 – Aug 6
5:30 – 7am Morning meditation practice
9:00 – 12:20 Ven. Chodron teaches on Monastic Life, Vinaya
Group Discussion
Aug 7
5:30 – 7am Morning meditation practice
9:00 – 12:20 Ven. Chodron teaches on Monastic Life, Vinaya
Group activity
Aug 8
5:45 – 7am Morning meditation practice
9:00 -12:20 Ven. Chodron teaches & leads Group Go-Around

Announcement Board for EML Participants

Morning meditation practice

The online guided meditation begins at 5:30 am Pacific Time on Zoom. Follow the link you received from the Abbey office via email.

Please sign on a little early each day to make time to get everyone into the Zoom room. The session will follow the Abbey’s usual morning practice.

Text for these practices is in Pearl of Wisdom Book 1 and Book 2. Follow the links to download pdfs if you need them.

Alternatively, you can follow along from the Morning Meditation Practices page on the Sravasti Abbey website.

The session leader will guide morning mantra recitations, prostrations to the 35 Buddhas, the Shakyamuni Buddha meditation, and an analytical meditation from the lamrim.

Recitations before and after teachings

Find text for the recitations we’ll do before the morning teaching on the Morning Meditation Practices page as well. Scroll to the bottom toggle.


July 28, 2021 @ 11:00 am PDT
August 8, 2021 @ 12:30 pm PDT
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Sravasti Abbey Event Organizer
(509) 447 5549
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692 Country Lane
Newport, WA 99156 United States
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