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)
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The nun Bhikshuni Palmo originated the Nyung Ne practice in India many centuries ago, healing herself from leprosy and gaining a bodhisattva's realizations. Nyung Ne is a purification retreat and a wonderful opportunity to deepen your refuge and strengthen your relationship with Chenrezig, Buddha of Compassion.
The retreat includes taking the 8 Mahayana precepts, making many prostrations, and one day of refraining from all food, drink and talking aside from reciting prayers and mantra. Nyung Ne brings powerful purification and generates vast amounts of merit.
Applicants should have some familiarity with Chenrezig practice and be in good health, especially being free of hypo- or hyper-glycemic concerns, including diabetes. Chenrezig initiation is helpful but not required.
Retreatants should arrive by 4:00 p.m. on Friday. Retreat ends about 11 am Monday and you are welcome to stay for lunch.
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."
Click here to read about visiting the Abbey.
Click here to find out What to Bring.
It’s become an Abbey tradition—our annual Christmas reading of Shantideva’s Guide to a Bodhisattva’s Way of Life. Join the Abbey community in person or celebrate from afar by reading aloud this beautiful inspiration and instruction for following the bodhisattva path. Come for the day or a for few days to share this holiday time together. Write the office to schedule your visit.
The new year brings an opportunity for renewal. Join the Abbey community for Vajrasattva purification practice and offering service time to set your 2015 in a virtuous direction. Write the office to schedule your visit.
One Sunday a month, Sravasti Abbey opens our doors for Sharing the Dharma Day, an opportunity for newcomers and old friends to explore the Buddha's teachings and share in community fellowship.
People from all faiths and backgrounds can apply the principles explored on Sharing the Dharma Day to enhance their lives. Bring a vegetarian potluck dish (please no meat, eggs, garlic, onions, leeks or radishes) and come with an open mind. All are welcome!
Click here to listen to previous Sharing the Dharma Day teachings.
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.
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?
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 the Abbey's YouTube channel.
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 :
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.