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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."

  Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Retreats & Courses at Sravasti Abbey (Español)


_______________  December  ________________

____________  January - April 2015  ____________

____________  May  ____________

  • May 1-3: Cultivating Love Retreat with Ven. Thubten Chodron & the Community
  • May 22-25: How to See Yourself as You Really Are retreat with Ven. Thubten Chodron

____________  June  ____________

  • June 12-14: Developing Compassion Retreat with the Abbey community

____________  July  ____________

____________  August  ____________

  • August 3-20: Exploring Monastic Life with Ven. Thubten Chodron & the Community
  • August 21-23: Equanimity Retreat with Ven. Thubten Chodron & the Community

____________  September  ____________

  • September 4-7: Labor Day Retreat: Developing Concentration with Ven. Thubten Chodron

Lama Tsongkhapa Day & Candlelight Vigil for Victims of Gun Violence
December 14 11 am - 3 pm (Pacific)

Lama Tsongkhapa, the founder our lineage, spread teachings of wisdom and compassion to illuminate the hearts of all beings. As we celebrate him, we also mark the 2nd anniversary of the school shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School and the growing tragedy of gun violence in America. On this day we'll share a vegetarian potluck, engage in meditation practice and discussion, and hold a candlelight procession as we affirm our aspirations for and actions toward a more peaceful world.

Sravasti Abbey joins the Newtown Foundation, Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence, States United to Prevent Gun Violence, and the Washington National Cathedral in this nationwide vigil of rememberance. Please join us too. Write the office to schedule your visit.

Christmas Day Reading: Guide to a Bodhisattva’s Way of Life
December 25

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.

New Year’s Community Time & Vajrasattva Practice
December 31-January 3

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.

Local & Ongoing Abbey Events

Sharing the Dharma Day at Sravasti Abbey

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 Schedule
Topics are drawn from
Don't Believe Everything You Think by Ven. Thubten Chodron
Date   Topic
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

Dharma in Coeur d'Alene

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.

Dharma in Spokane

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.

Offering Service Weekends

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.

On-Line Events

Tele-teachings/Live Video with Venerable Chodron

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 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.

Prostrations from Afar - Ongoing

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.

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