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Teachings and Retreats at Sravasti Abbey

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"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

Teachings and Retreats at Sravasti Abbey (Español)

____________ December 2015 - February 2016 ____________

tsongkhapa Lama Tsongkhapa Day &
Candlelight Vigil for Victims of Gun Violence
Saturday, December 5, 10 am - 3 pm Pacific Time

Lama Tsongkhapa, the founder of our lineage, spread teachings of wisdom and compassion to illuminate the hearts of all beings. Traditonal Lama Tsongkhapa Day celebrations include many light offerings and a candlelight procession.

As we rejoice in the power of wisdom and compassion, we also mark the growing tragedy of gun violence in America, joining people across the U.S. in a candlelight vigil.

Come share meditation, discussion, vegetarian potluck, and a candlelight procession as we affirm our aspirations, commitment, and actions toward a more peaceful world.

Write the office to let us know you're coming.

vajrasattvaNew Year’s Vajrasattva Retreat
with the Abbey Community
December 31-January 3

The new year brings an opportunity for renewal. It’s a time to purify the past and create merit to move forward along the path. Join the Abbey community for Vajrasattva purification practice with the four opponent powers to set your 2016 in a virtuous direction.

A dana offering and registration form are requested to reserve your place for the retreat. Click here to download registration form. Use the long form.

Arrive by 3:00 on Thursday, New Year’s Eve. Retreat begins with a live-streamed teaching and preparation begins promptly at 5:39. Retreat ends after lunch on Sunday, January 3.

For more information, write the office or call 509-447-5549

Click here to read about visiting the Abbey and

Click here to find out What to Bring.

monasticsAnnual Winter Retreat – Refuge Ngondro and Lamrim
with Ven. Thubten Chodron & the Abbey Community
January 15-February 12

The practice of taking refuge is one of the basic ngondro (preliminary) practices that properly prepares the field of our mind to grow the seeds of realizations. A beautiful and and inspiring practice, the refuge ngondro entails reciting the refuge formula—Namo Gurubhya, Namo Buddhaya, Namo Dharmaya, Namo Sanghaya—100,000 times while visualizing the field of merit.

To support the refuge practice and deepen our understanding of the path, we will also do the lamrim meditations outlined in “The Easy Path to Omniscience,” a concise lamrim text by Panchen Losang Chokyi Gyaltsen.

The retreat is for those who have meditation experience and are ready to commit to deeper practice. There are 5 meditation sessions and one study session each day. Retreatants must attend all sessions. It is possible to complete the ngondro commitment within the one-month time frame. The retreat is conducted in silence.

Admission is by application. Go here for a detailed description, information about dana, and to download the application form.

Preparation information will be posted at a later date.

Retreatants should arrive before 5 p.m. on January 15 and may depart any time on Friday, February 12.

Click here to read about visiting the Abbey and

Click here to find out What to Bring.

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.

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

Sharing the Dharma Day Dates and Topics

October 11 Joyous Effort
November 1 Meditation
December 6 Far-Reaching Wisdom
January 10 Facing Our Fears

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 Saturdays

One Saturday a month volunteers come together to offer service to Sravasti Abbey. Service could include garden work, help in th forest, cleaning, or cooking—al skills and all levels of ability are welcomed.

The Saturdays are organized by local Friends of Sravasti Abbey supporters. Coordinators Sarah and Doug write,

"The idea is to strengthen the Abbey's support community and, at the same time, take a bit of the workload off the shoulders of the nuns. We believe these monthly service opportunities will help us cultivate the qualities of goodness, virtue and generosity in our lives at home.”

Offering service dates are the last Saturday of each warm-season month and will resume in 2016.

Service times are 9 am to 4 pm, including a vegetarian potluck lunch (no meat, onions, or garlic.) There’s an optional opportunity for meditation from 4:00-4:45 pm.

Write Sarah and Doug to know more and to sign up!

Offering Service Visits

Need a break from the city? Join the Abbey community on an Offering Service Visit, which you can schedule any time of the year.

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.

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