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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)

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Exploring Monastic Life
with Ven. Thubten Chodron & the Abbey community
August 4 – 20

Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron teaches from her 37 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.

This 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.

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 and stay through  lunch on Wednesday, August 20th.

Click here to read about visiting the Abbey.

Click here to find out What to Bring.

Aryadeva's 400 Stanza on the Middle Way 
with Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe
August 29-September 5

We rejoice to announce the return of Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe to continue teaching on Aryadeva's Four Hundred Stanzas on the Middle Way. Joshua Cutler also returns as his English interpreter.

Geshe Thabkhe is known as one of the most eminent scholars of the Madhyamaka tradition and Indian Buddhist studies, and his teachings on Aryadeva's text at the Abbey last summer inspired and challenged us. He was born in 1930 in Tibet and became a monk at 13. After escaping to India, he earned the Geshe Lharampa degree at Drepung Loseling Monastery, and he is an emeritus professor at the Central University of Tibetan Studies in India.

Geshe Thabkhe was a chief adviser on the translation of Lama Tsongkhapa’s The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (Lam Rim Chen Mo), a project of the Tibetan Buddhist Learning Center in New Jersey with Joshua Cutler as Editor-in-Chief. The two scholars—Geshela and Joshua—present an incisive and engaging explanation of the Dharma.

Aryadeva's Four Hundred Stanzas on the Middle Way is one of the fundamental works of Mahayana Buddhist philosophy, directly stating—in no uncertain terms—the steps of the path to full awakening. Geshe Thabkhe will begin with Chapter 5, which enumerates the Bodhisattva deeds. You'll find Geshela's teachings on Chapters 1-4 by clicking here

Full-schedule retreatants should arrive by 5:00 p.m. on Friday and stay through the afternoon teaching (ending at 4 p.m.) the following Friday. Commuters also welcomed, and partial attendance is fine. 

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

Click here to read about visiting the Abbey

Click here to find out What to Bring.

Text and commentary for this teaching can be found in Yogic Deeds of Bodhisattvas, republished as Aryadeva's Four Hundred Stanzas on the Middle Way.

You can also prepare by reviewing Ven. Chodron's teachings on the same text. The playlist starts here.

Chenrezig & Parting from the Four Attachments
Annual One-Week Retreat
with Ven. Thubten Chodron
September 19 – 26

Ven. Chodron will lead this retreat on Chenrezig, Buddha of Compassion, emphasizing how to bring the compassion practices your daily life.

She will also continue teaching on the clear and directive text, “Parting from the Four Attachments,” essential practices needed to lay the foundation to develop bodhicitta.

We invite you to come on vacation with Chenrezig.

Retreatants should arrive by 5:00 p.m. on Friday and stay through the following Friday lunch. Commuters may attend, and must attend all sessions.

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.

Nyung Ne Retreat
with Ven. Thubten Chodron
November 14-17

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.

Read detailed retreat information and preparation instructions here.

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.

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
August 10   Squashing Our Ego
September 7   Ending the Pity Party
October 5   Don't Let Success Go to Your Head
November 2   Working with Anger
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?

Teachings on Aryadeva's 400 Stanzas

Ven. Chodron teaches on Aryadeva's,400 Stanzas, a classic text of the Madhyamaka school. Aryadeva is noted as the disciple of Nagrajuna, whose teachings describe the most subtle understanding of the nature of reality.

Order the text and commentary from Shambhala.

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 Grounds and Paths and 7 Types of Cognition by clicking here

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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