About the Abbey
"I am heartened to learn of the establishment of Sravasti Abbey in the USA… I am happy to give (it) my support and encourage others who share this interest to do likewise."
His Holiness the Dalai Lama
About the Abbey
Fulfilling a lifelong vision to support Western sangha, Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron founded Sravasti Abbey in Newport, Washington in 2003 and serves as Abbess.
The Abbey's mission is to nurture a flourishing monastic community where learning and practicing Buddha's ancient teachings cultivate peace in the hearts of the residents and visitors and, by extension, in the world.
While monastic training is the focus, lay visitors are welcome to visit the Abbey. Countless others benefit from the Abbey's Dharma outreach.
Sravasti Abbey is named for Sravasti, where the Buddha spent twenty-five Rains Retreats. It is called an “Abbey” because male and female monastics train together as equals—brothers and sisters supporting each other on the Dharma path. We welcome your interest.
Since the Buddha’s time, monasteries have been centers of Buddhist learning and practice … <more>
Sravasti Abbey is founded on Dharma principles that include …<more>
Founder & Abbess (en Español)
Venerable Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron is particularly qualified to teach Western … <more>
How We Live
The Sravasti Abbey community exists to share the Dharma, and our livelihood depends … <more>
Meet the Monastic Community
The Abbey community is inspired and grateful to be among the first generation of … <more>
Venerable Chodron has recruited a powerful board of monastic advisors to help guide … <more>
In addition to regular teachings from Ven. Chodron—formal and informal—Sravasti … <more>
Endorsements (en Español)
His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Khensur Jampa Tegchog Rinpoche … <more>
Well wishers offer prayers … <more>
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Residents' and visitors’ reflections … <more>
Why "Sravasti"? (en Español)
His Holiness the Dalai Lama named Sravasti Abbey after Sravasti in India where the … <more>
Our Logo ((en Español)
Designed by Tsenzhap Serkong Rinpoche, the incarnation of Ven. Chodron's principal … <more>