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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


Retreats & Courses at Sravasti Abbey (Español)

 

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pujaCelebration: Kathina Ceremony and Puja to End the Winter Retreat
April 11

The kathina ceremony is widely celebrated in the Buddhist countries of Southeat Asia when lay followers make offerings of the four requisites—food, clothing, medicine, and shelter—to replenish the monastery’s supplies after the retreat. This joyful day will include a procession, making offerings, a vegetarian potluck, and Lama Chopa puja. Here's the schedule:

9:30 - Guests arrive and organize offerings
10:00 - Procession to the Meditation Hall, Ceremony to present the Robes of Merit, & a short Dharma teaching
12:00 - Potluck lunch
1:45 - Lama Chopa Puja & Appreciations

Registration isn't necessary, but it's helpful to know you're coming. Write the office or call 509-447-5549.

Click here to watch Ven. Chodron's short talk explaining kathina.
Click here to see photos of the kathina celebration last year.
Not sure what to offer? Check the wish list.

We look forward to seeing you all!

VTC smileCultivating Love Retreat
with Ven. Thubten Chodron and the Abbey Community
May 1-3

May all sentient beings have happiness and its causes.

From the Buddha’s point of view, genuine love—a wish for the happiness of another—is powerful medicine. What’s the difference between the love that heals and the clinging attachments that harm us?

Ven. Thubten Chodron will teach how to awaken positive emotions like loving kindness to overcome our dissatisfaction and heal old hurts, resentments, and loneliness.

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

Arrive by 3:00 on Friday. Retreat begins with a live-streamed Lamrim teaching that begins promptly at 5:55. Retreat ends after 2:00 on Sunday.

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.

VTC laughingHow to See Yourself as You Really Are Retreat
with Ven. Thubten Chodron
May 22-25 - Memorial Day Weekend

What's the root of all our problems? We don't know who we are and how things actually exist. This is the very heart of the Buddha's teaching.

Ven. Thubten Chodron will continue teaching from the book, How to See Yourself as You Really Are, by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and translated by Jeffrey Hopkins, to help us understand ourselves and our world from a more realistic—and loving—perspective. As these teachings delve into philosophy, some background in Buddhist thought is helpful, but not required.

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

Arrive by 3:00 on Friday. Retreat begins with a live-streamed Lamrim teaching that begins promptly at 5:55. Retreat ends after 2:00 on Monday.

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.

abbey monasticsDeveloping Compassion Retreat
with the Abbey Community
June 12-14

May all sentient beings be free of suffering and its causes.

According to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, “'Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” If these are necessary for all of humanity, then they’re essential for individuals too. But exactly what IS compassion, and how do we develop it in our daily lives?

Join the Sravasti Abbey community to learn ideas and meditations to cultivate compassion—a critical ingredient to happiness now, to fulfilling our potential in the future, and a cause for greater peace in our world.

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

Arrive by 3:00 on Friday. Retreat begins with a live-streamed Lamrim teaching that begins promptly at 5:55. Retreat ends after 2:00 on Sunday.

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.

young adultsExploring Buddhism for Young Adults (18-29)
July 10-17

Curious about Buddhism or meditation? Looking for a way to express your spiritual values and hopes for a better world?

Sravasti Abbey invites young adults aged 18 to 29 to explore the Buddha’s teachings within our American culture. No meditation experience is necessary; just an open and curious mind/heart.

The course includes meditation instructions and practice, teachings, Dharma discussions, and working outdoors in beautiful gardens, meadows, and woodlands in northeastern Washington. 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 registration form.

Arrive by 3:00 on Friday. Retreat begins with a live-streamed Lamrim teaching that begins promptly at 5:55. Retreat ends after 2:00 the following Friday.

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.

How to Be a Bodhisattva
retreat with Jan Willis
July 17-19

Shantideva's beloved text—Guide to the Bodhsattva's Way of Life —has inspired and instructed spiritual practitioners to achieve their greatest potential for a over a thousand years. Dr. Jan Willis has admired, studied, and practiced this text for decades and shares her insights and experiences in this weekend course.

Click here to read Jan's article,"How to Be a Bodhisattva," as an introduction to Shantideva's text.

Jan is Professor Emerita of Religion at Wesleyan University and began her Buddhist studies with Lama Thubten Yeshe in the 1970s. In addition to writing several books on Buddhism, she is the author of the personal memoir, Dreaming Me: Black, Baptist, and Buddhist—One Woman’s Spiritual Journey.

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

Arrive by 3:00 on Friday. The weekend begins with a live-streamed Lamrim teaching with Ven. Chodron that begins promptly at 5:55. Retreat ends after 2:00 on Sunday. Commuters are also welcomed.

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.

Empty Even Conventionally: Close Reading of the Middle Way,
teachings on the Prasangika/Svatantrika distinction with Guy Newland
July 29-August 2

Guy’s courses are always stimulating, challenging, and delightful. If you relish the details of Buddhist philosophy, join us for this, Guy's fifth teaching at the Abbey.

Here’s what Guy says: "Tsongkhapa teaches that the Madhyamaka emptiness is correctly explained in the Consequentialist (Prasangika) teachings of Chandrakirti, while many other well-intentioned and wise Madhyamika teachers had made a critical error. This difference about the final reality leads to differences in many other teachings, such as those on sense perception, karma, and the spiritual path. What is the basis for Tsongkhapa’s position? How well does it hold up?”

Let’s find out!

Dr. Guy M. Newland is the author of numerous books, including Introduction to Emptiness, and he has translated and/or edited many others, including the Tibetan classic, Lamrim Chenmo by Tsongkhapa. He studied at University of Virginia and is a professor of Philosophy and Religion at Central Michigan University.

Click here for the video playlist of Guy's teachings on the Two Truths as background for this course. You'll find all of Guy's past Abbey courses on our YouTube channel as well.

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

Arrive by 3:00 on Wednesday. Retreat ends after 2:00 on Sunday.

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.

monastics with Kuan YinExploring Monastic Life
with Ven. Thubten Chodron & the Abbey community
August 3–20

Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron teaches from 38 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.

The Exploring Monastic Life (EML) 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 and links to past EML photos.

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. Retreat ends with lunch on the final Thursday.

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.

VTC with flowersLabor Day Weekend Retreat
September 4-7
Developing Meditative Concentration with Ven. Thubten Chodron

Concentration: the ability to remain single-pointedly on a constructive object of meditation with a blissful and pliant mind for as long as one wishes.

That doesn’t sound like your meditation practice? Don’t worry! Believe it or not, concentration is a mental factor that you already have. It can be developed steadily over time, and we start where we are.

Join Ven. Thubten Chodron for instruction and practice on using a visualized image of the Buddha as your meditation object and to examine what gets in the way of meditative stabilization.

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

Arrive by 3:00 on Friday. Retreat begins with a live-streamed Lamrim teaching that begins promptly at 5:55. Retreat ends after 2:00 the following Monday.

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.

damdulMadhyamaka through Metaphors
with Geshe Damdul Namgyal
September 11 - 14

Sravasti Abbey happily welcomes the return of Geshe Damdul Namgyal for a unique exploration of the relationship of dependent arising and emptiness. Drawing from the classical Budddhist texts, he will use use PowerPoint, teaching, and discussion to help capture and convey the journey, intricacies, and experiences of cultivating the profound Middle Way View through metaphors.

Geshe Dadul’s teaching style in lively and interactive, which promises to help students with some background in Buddhist philosophy develop a deeper understanding of dependent arising and emptiness.

Geshe Dadul’s teaching style in lively and interactive, which promises to help students with some background in Buddhist philosophy develop and deeper understanding of this important topic.

Holding both a Geshe Lharampa degree (doctorate) from Drepung Loseling Monastery and a Master's Degree in English Literature from Punjab College, Geshe-la is Senior Resident Teacher at Drepung Loseling Center in Atlanta. He is also actively involved in Emory-Tibet Science Initiative helping with the translation of science texts into Tibetan for eventual use in traditional monasteries in India and abroad.

Geshe-la has also traveled extensively as part of the entourage of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in his capacity as Religious Translator, and he has written extensively in both English and Tibetan on various Buddhist topics. He has also served as the auxiliary English language translator for His Holiness the Dalai Lama and has traveled extensively in this capacity throughout the world.

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

Arrive by 3:00 pm on Friday. The course begins with a live-streamed Lamrim teaching with Ven. Chodron that begins promptly at 5:55 pm. Course ends after lunch on Monday.

TaraGreen Tara Retreat
October 2-9
with Ven. Thubten Chodron & the Abbey community

The Abbey’s annual one-week retreat offers a chance to deepen your practice in supportive community. Join us this year for meditation on Green Tara, embodiment of the enlightening influence of all the Buddhas.

For centuries practitioners have turned to Tara—a feminine embodiment of enlightenment—for protection from both internal and external dangers, ranging from fire to anger and ignorance. The main purpose for practicing Tara meditation is to free us from all sufferings and their causes and bring us to liberation and awakening.

The retreat will include teachings with Ven. Chodron as well as several daily practice sessions. We will hold noble silence.

While this retreat is suitable for newcomers as well as experienced practitioners, some meditation experience is helpful. If you’re unfamiliar with the practice, it’s good to study Ven. Chodron’s book, How to Free Your Mind: Tara the Liberator.

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 Friday. Retreat begins with a live-streamed Lamrim teaching that begins promptly at 5:55. Retreat ends after 2:00 the following Friday.

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.

VTC with flowers21st Annual Western Buddhist Monastic Gathering
October 19-23

The Abbey is delighted to host this gathering for culturally western monastics ordained in a Buddhist monastic, celibate tradition. The Gathering is open to monastics from any tradition, and it is this diversity which is our strength. Go to the Western Buddhist Monastic Gathering website (information will be up soon) for info and registration.

The Abbey will be closed to lay guests during this time.

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
April 19   Who Am I?
May 17   Chasing Rainbows
June 21   Suffering Is Like a Dream
July 12   Opening Our Heart
August 16   Stopping the Harm

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 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.

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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