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Practice from Afar

"Winter has become my favorite time of year, and it's because of Retreat from Afar. My practice is most stable during those three months. I tangibly feel the support of everyone doing the retreat at the Abbey and around the world."

  Susan Mitchell
  Cataldo, Idaho


Practice from Afar (en Español)

Every winter the residents of Sravasti Abbey do three months of retreat. While a few guests can join us in person each year, dozens and even hundreds can join by doing the Retreat from Afar.

To extend the retreat experience, we offer the opportunity to do the Retreat from Afar and make a connection with the retreat by participating along with us.

Join us this winter for: 

Vajrasattva Retreat
1-month retreat: January 13, 2014 – February 10, 2014
3-month retreat: January 13, 2014 – April 14, 2014

By doing a daily practice during the same dates as the retreat, you develop your Dharma practice while feeling the support of the Abbey residents who are doing the same. You also give your support to those of us doing the retreat at the Abbey, encouraging our practice.

The Abbey has offered the Retreat from Afar for several years, and people have loved doing it. They maintained a regular daily practice, deepened their understanding of the Dharma, and gained many insights into their lives.Last winter, over 240 people joined the Retreat from Afar! We enjoy seeing their photos each time we entered the meditation hall to do sessions.

To participate you commit to at least one practice session of the Vajrasattva sadhana, including 1 complete mala (108 recitations) of the 100-syllable mantra every day.

Retreatants from Afar can study past teachings on the Vajrasattva practice found on ThubtenChodron.org. You can stay in touch with the retreat through Bodhisattva Breakfast Corner videos and on Facebook.

If you would like to participate in the Retreat from Afar, please email our coordinator, and let us know. Send us a photo of yourself to place in the meditation hall at the Abbey during the retreat, symbolizing your participation.

Retreat Preparation and Study Materials

Ven. Chodron has given extensive teachings on the Vajrasattva practice. Please download the sadhana and listen to and study the teachings from past Vajrasattva retreats on thubtenchodron.org.

You can watch this video to learn the Vajrasattva mantra, and study the other videos in this series that explain practice.

Additionally, she recommends you study these resources:

  • FPMT Vajrasattva practice book (available from www.fpmt.org).
  • Teaching from the Vajrasattva Retreat, by Lama Zopa Rinpoche (in pdf from Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive or in hardcopy from Amazon.)
  • Becoming Vajrasattva, by Lama Thubten Yeshe (Wisdom Publications).
  • Jampa Tegchog, Geshe. Transforming Adversity into Joy and Courage: An Explanation of the Thirty-seven Practices of Bodhisattvas. Ithaca, N.Y.: Snow Lion Publications, 2005.
  • Thubten Yeshe, Lama. Introduction to Tantra. Boston: Wisdom Publications, 1987.
  • Thubten Chodron. Guided Meditations on the Stages of the Path, Snow Lion Publications, 2007
  • Thubten Chodron, Don't Believe Everything You Think, Boston, MA: Shambhala Publications, 2012.

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