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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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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. Use the longer application form for stays longer than 5 days.

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 Ven. Thubten Chodron
July 17-19

With regret, Jan Willis, originally scheduled to teach this course, is unable to join us at this time. We hope to reschedule soon. Instead, Ven. Thubten Chodron has graciously accepted our request to teach in her place, following the same text, Engaging in the Bodhisattva Deeds, by Shantideva.

Shantideva's beloved text has inspired and instructed spiritual practitioners to achieve their greatest potential for a over a thousand years. Ven. Chodron’s teaching can help us take the steps to realize its potential for ourselves.

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.

monastic gathering21st 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.

VTC with flowersBuddhism: One Teacher, Many Traditions
A two-week intensive with Ven. Thubten Chodron
November 2-16

Buddhism: One Teacher, Many Traditions, by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and Ven. Thubten Chodron, explores the common ground that underlies the diverse expressions of the Buddha’s teachings.

In this course, Ven. Chodron will use the book as our guide to investigate the Pali and Sanskrit traditions of Buddhism, beginning with the origin and spread of the Buddha’s teachings and defining what it means to take refuge in the Three Jewels.

The course will include two teaching sessions each day, discussion, and study time. To prepare, please read Buddhism: One Teacher, Many Traditions before you come.

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 5:00 on Monday. Retreat ends after the evening teaching on Sunday with departure any time on Monday the 16th.

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.

palmo

Nyung Ne Purification Retreat
with Ven. Thubten Chodron
November 20-23

Nyung Ne retreat is 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.

The nun Bhikshuni Palmo originated the Nyung Ne practice in India many centuries ago, healing herself from leprosy and gaining bodhisattva realizations.

Applicants should have some familiarity with Chenrezig practice and be in good health, especially being free of hypo- or hyper-glycemic concerns including diabetes.

Please read the detailed retreat description to determine if this retreat is right for you.

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 breakfast on Monday, with no late arrivals or early departures.

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.

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.

Sharing the Dharma Schedule
Topics are drawn from
Don't Believe Everything You Think by Ven. Thubten Chodron
Date   Topic
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 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: June 27, July 25, August 29, September 26, and October 31.

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 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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