Teaching & Retreat Schedule
Teaching & Retreat Schedule
"The Abbey gives skies full of benefit to sentient beings because they can meet the Buddhadharma and hear teachings. There is nothing more important."
Retreats & Courses at Sravasti Abbey (Español)
_______________ August _______________
_______________ September _______________
_______________ October _______________
_______________ November _______________
_______________ December 2014 _______________
Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron teaches from her 37 years of experience as a monastic. In addition to receiving daily teachings, you’ll be living and practicing as a member of the Sravasti Abbey community—engaging in meditation, discussion, and offering service to the community.
This retreat is for qualified lay people exploring the possibility of ordination, and for monks and nuns that have been ordained for five years or less. 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.
Click here for a detailed program description.
A dana offering and registration form are requested to reserve your place for the retreat. Click here to download the registration form (use the long form).
Retreatants should arrive by 5:00 p.m. on Monday and stay through lunch on Wednesday, August 20th.
Click here to read about visiting the Abbey.
Click here to find out What to Bring.
We rejoice to announce the return of Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe to continue teaching on Aryadeva's Four Hundred Stanzas on the Middle Way. Joshua Cutler also returns as his English interpreter.
Geshe Thabkhe is known as one of the most eminent scholars of the Madhyamaka tradition and Indian Buddhist studies, and his teachings on Aryadeva's text at the Abbey last summer inspired and challenged us. He was born in 1930 in Tibet and became a monk at 13. After escaping to India, he earned the Geshe Lharampa degree at Drepung Loseling Monastery, and he is an emeritus professor at the Central University of Tibetan Studies in India.
Geshe Thabkhe was a chief adviser on the translation of Lama Tsongkhapa’s The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (Lam Rim Chen Mo), a project of the Tibetan Buddhist Learning Center in New Jersey with Joshua Cutler as Editor-in-Chief. The two scholars—Geshela and Joshua—present an incisive and engaging explanation of the Dharma.
Aryadeva's Four Hundred Stanzas on the Middle Way is one of the fundamental works of Mahayana Buddhist philosophy, directly stating—in no uncertain terms—the steps of the path to full awakening. Geshe Thabkhe will begin with Chapter 5, which enumerates the Bodhisattva deeds. You'll find Geshela's teachings on Chapters 1-4 by clicking here.
Full-schedule retreatants should arrive by 5:00 p.m. on Friday and stay through the afternoon teaching (ending at 4 p.m.) the following Friday. Commuters also welcomed, and partial attendance is fine.For more information, write the office or call 509-447-5549
Click here to read about visiting the Abbey
Click here to find out What to Bring.
Text and commentary for this teaching can be found in Yogic Deeds of Bodhisattvas, republished as Aryadeva's Four Hundred Stanzas on the Middle Way.
You can also prepare by reviewing Ven. Chodron's teachings on the same text. The playlist starts here.
Chenrezig & Parting from the Four Attachments
|Topics are drawn from
Don't Believe Everything You Think by Ven. Thubten Chodron
|August 10||Squashing Our Ego|
|September 7||Ending the Pity Party|
|October 5||Don't Let Success Go to Your Head|
|November 2||Working with Anger|
|December 7||The Misery of Attachment|
Sharing the Dharma Day Schedule
Session 1: 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. – Meditation
11:00 a.m. – Noon – Dharma talk
Session 2: 12:15 p.m. – Vegetarian potluck lunch & informal Dharma discussion/Q&A
Session 3: 1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Contemplation and discussion of topic of the month
Session 4: 3:00 p.m. Tour of Buddhist artwork or grounds (weather depending) for newcomers
Join Coeur d' Alene Dharma Friends 5:30 - 7:00 pm every Thursday for meditation and Dharma discussion at Life Center Therapies for Well Being, 1319 Government Way, Cd'A. Teachings with Abbey nuns on Fridays at 6:30 pm. Contact CdA Dharma for more information or call (208) 665-5862.
Unitarian Universalist Buddhist Meditation Group meets on Mondays from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the chapel at 4340 W. Fort Wright Drive. Abbey monastics offer teachings periodically throughout the year. The group often continues to meet between these sessions for meditation and book study. Contact the office or call the Abbey (509) 447-5549.
Need a break from the city? Join the Abbey community on an Offering Service Visit.
The opportunities are many, and the work is varied. Working in the Abbey's beautiful forest is fun, and your effort protects and preserves the Abbey land. Or you may serve in the kitchen, weed the garden, or any number of activities that help to spread the Dharma and/or benefit sentient beings.
Visitors have the opportunity to live in spiritual community, sharing in practice, Dharma discussions, and service. Your visit can be short or longer. Many people add a few offering service days when they come for a retreat or program.
Please contact the Service Coordinator to find a time that works for your schedule.
- Teachings on Aryadeva's 400 Stanzas —
Streamed live weekly, Thursdays 6 pm Pacific
- Ongoing, Prostrations From Afar
You can’t contemplate or meditate on the Dharma without first hearing teachings, but if you live in a remote area or far from your teacher, what can you do?
Teachings on Aryadeva's 400 Stanzas
Ven. Chodron teaches on Aryadeva's,400 Stanzas, a classic text of the Madhyamaka school. Aryadeva is noted as the disciple of Nagrajuna, whose teachings describe the most subtle understanding of the nature of reality.
Head to http://sravasti.org/live and tune in for the live broadcast on the internet using LiveStream.TV. Ask questions in real time using the chat box! No registration necessary.
Or - just use your telephone. Dial into a central number (long distance charges apply.) You can dial in alone or set up your speakerphone and invite Dharma friends to join you for teachings and discussion. You must register so we can send you the teleconference’s phone number and access code.
Click here to send an email to register or ask for more information on telephone teachings
Click here to hear audio or read transcripts of past teachings.
Check out archived teachings on Grounds and Paths and 7 Types of Cognition by clicking here
Join up with other practitioners to do '100,000' prostrations. Read about joining in with others for support and community.
View instruction videos on prostrations from Venerable :
- Instructions (Quicktime -22 MB) (Windows Media - 16 MB)
- Demonstration ( Quicktime - 58 MB) (Windows Media - 29.8 MB)
Be patient it takes around 5 minutes to download each one.
Internet Explorer users: Look at the lower left hand corner of your browser, there is a download icon.
The Quicktime versions require the latest Quicktime update. Download it here.
Practitioners from around the world are participating in the prostrations from afar. During previous monthly teleconferences, Ven. Chodron answered participants’ questions. You can listen to the recordings of the teleconferences at Venerable's website.
For more information, email the office.
- Opportunities to Visit the Abbey - Other options for visiting.
- Visiting the Abbey - Answers all the questions on getting here and being here.
- Offering Service Opportunities - How can I help?