Visiting Guidelines

What’s it like to live and practice in a Buddhist monastery?

Understanding the guidelines will help you make Sravasti Abbey your spiritual home.

Join Us in Community Life

We are a resident community of Buddhist nuns, monks, and lay trainees. There is no paid staff. We immediately bring guests into community life.

We ask that you:

 

  • Participate fully in the daily schedule
  • Attend all meditation sessions, Dharma talks, and chanting sessions
  • Join us in offering service to the Buddha, Dharma, Sangha and sentient beings by helping with meal prep, cleaning, and Abbey projects according to your ability
  • Follow the community guidelines spelled out on this page. A resident will also go over them with you when you arrive.

Monks, nuns, and guests out for a walk.

Cultivate a Monastic Mind

The Abbey gives you a chance to slow down, quiet down, and cultivate a Monastic Mind.

Nuns and monks live simply. We follow the Buddha’s guidance on how to tame our bodies, speech, and minds. While you’re with us, we ask you to do the same:

  • Focus on inner beauty. Wear simple, modest, loose-fitting, solid-colored clothing. Leave off jewelry, make-up, perfume, and scented toiletries.
  • Quiet the mind. We do not play or listen to music, sing (except for religious chanting), or dance. We keep silence after evening meditation practice until mid-breakfast the next day (8:15 pm to 7:45 am). During retreats and teachings, we keep silence at all times unless otherwise noted.
  • Unplug. Leave your cell phone in our office. There is no Internet access for short-term guests. You may use personal electronic devices to take notes during teachings and access Dharma texts offline.
  • Be mindful. Speak and act quietly, aware of the effect of your actions on others. There are rooms designated for stretching and yoga; we don’t do it in common areas. We also sit down when we eat or drink to become aware of what and how we are eating.
  • Respect our environment. We conserve electricity and water, taking short showers and flushing only when necessary. We don’t take unnecessary trips in the car. Once you have arrived, please do not leave the Abbey except for approved errands or emergencies.
  • Practice joyous effort. We do our best to work happily, kindly, and efficiently at whatever task or job is assigned to us.

Live Within the Five Precepts

While staying at the Abbey, all guests must agree to observe the Buddha’s five ethical guidelines for laypeople. They help us to calm our minds and live in harmony with all beings:

  • Respect life. Do not physically harm any living being, including insects. Weapons are not allowed on the property.
  • Respect others’ property. Do not take anything that hasn’t been freely given or is not meant for your use.
  • Do not engage in sexual behavior at the Abbey. In general this precept concerns sexual misconduct. As a community of celibates, we ask respect for our lifestyle. Please refrain from sexual activity of any kind, physical expressions of affection, and flirting while you are here.
  • Speak truthfully. Right speech also includes speaking wisely, kindly, and at appropriate times.
  • Do not use intoxicants—alcohol, recreational drugs, tobacco or vapor. Anyone using or possessing these substances will be asked to leave.

Economy of Generosity

We do not charge fees to visit or to stay here. We depend entirely on the generosity of guests and supporters to carry out our programs, and maintain and build facilities. Please make generosity to the Abbey part of your practice of developing delight in giving.

For retreats and courses, please make an initial dana offering to reserve your space. See the Registration Form for details.


Karen and Pablo enjoy the visit.
Karen and Pablo enjoy the visit.

Founded by
Ven. Thubten Chodron

Endorsed by
His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Find a library of Ven. Chodron’s teachings on ThubtenChodron.org

Sravasti Abbey

692 Country Lane
Newport WA 99156 USA

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509-447-5549

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