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Unlike in a silent retreat, Ven. Chodron encouraged the group to discuss the teachings during the break times and discuss they did! Sometimes they were so involved in discussing a Dharma point that someone had to interrupt so that they could go to the Meditation Hall for meditation. These discussions also facilitated the formation of many Dharma friendships between new and older practitioners.

After the vigil we went to hear a talk given by Holocaust survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan at the Spokane Convention Center. It was heartening to see so many families and young adults there. It is especially important that they learn about the Holocaust from people who actually experienced it, so that young people can know and learn from the past and make the future different. The talk had been arranged a long time ago but wound up coinciding with the tragedy in Pittsburg. You can explore her website and watch her video to learn more.

Based on talks Ven. Chodron gave on how to bring our Dharma practice to procuring, preparing, and eating food, The Compassionate Kitchen: Buddhist Practices for Eating with Mindfulness and Gratitude explains how to cultivate constructive attitudes around food. It includes the Abbey’s verses for blessing and offering our food and chapters by students who have successfully dealt with eating disorders.

“The Compassionate Kitchen offers a very rich menu of Buddhist theory and practice concerning food and cultures surrounding food. hair electricity dance moms From the appetizer items of the background philosophical principles and general perspectives on food, to the main entrées of the proper conduct and mind-set while eating, to the choicest desserts of dedication prayers and concluding rituals, it captures a complete treatment of the Buddhist concept of food in an easily digestible manner. On top of that, it beautifully displays them through the scenario of the actual practice being followed at Sravasti Abbey where the author herself is the founder, abbess, and an indispensable guide.”

Ven. Samten was one of four speakers for the event. gas you up The theme that emerged from all the speakers came to the same point, as clearly articulated by HH Dalai Lama: “As we truly come to recognize the oneness of all humankind, our motivation to find peace will grow stronger. In the deepest sense, we are really sisters and brothers, so we must share each other’s suffering. Mutual respect, trust, and concern for one another’s welfare is our best hope for lasting world peace.”

As part of a multi-cultural week at Whitworth University in Spokane, Ven. Chodron was invited to speak on Tibet and Buddhism. Before the talk, we shared dinner with a group of students from the International Center there. What a lovely group of people from all over the world: Nepal, Pakistan, Mongolia, the Philippines, Ethiopia, China, Mexico, and more, not to mention the Abbey contingent from Russia and Singapore. Over 55 people attended the talk. We hope many of them will come to visit the Abbey. There is already an activity with the university’s International Center scheduled for the spring. Photos are in the Abbey Life gallery.

Abbey resident Ven. Tsepal skillfully led the Nyung Ne retreat, which includes taking the 8 Mahayana precepts, many prostrations, recitations of Chenrezig’s long and short mantras, and chanting a moving praise of his enlightened qualities. Every other day we fast and also keep silence. Over four days, we purified, meditated, and accumulated merit.

Despite—or maybe because of—the snow, 12 friends came to help us on the last Offering Service Saturday of the year. Everyone had a great time (and a delicious meal), with some people preparing the Abbey grounds for winter by working outdoors, and others stringing beads to make malas (rosaries) for the incarcerated people that the Abbey supports. You can tell from the photos how much fun we had.

Holding our line means to know the path we want to follow, both spiritually and in our ordinary life, and to follow it without putting undue attention on obstacles that might arise. b games 2 Why? When we put most of our attention on problems and obstacles, we don’t really look where we’re going and stumble. But when we have a clear idea and keep that strongly in mind, we hold the line and go in that direction. Watch the talk and see the photos.

After a stop in Seattle where Ven. Chodron spoke on The Compassionate Kitchen at the American Evergreen Buddhist Association, we had a smooth journey to Taipei. We were warmly received at Luminary Mountain Temple by recent Abbey visitors Ven. Jenkir and Ven. Zichi. The Abbey nuns met with Luminary abbess Ven. Master Wuyin, who shared about her recent pilgrimage to Dunhuang in China with 50 of her nuns. We invited Ven. electricity prices by state Master Wuyin to be on our advisory board, and she happily agreed.

Ven. Chodron spoke to the Luminary Temple nuns about how to bring bodhicitta into their meditation practice and daily lives. Over the next days, we also visited Pu Yi Nunnery, and Dharma Drum Nong Chan Monastery, where Ven. Chodron also gave talks. In one session, the 45 attending nuns were especially moved to hear Ven. Chodron’s appreciation for the bhikshuni sangha, her encouragement for them as women practitioners, and her exhortation for them to have a balanced schedule that includes continuing education.

Flying on to Jakarta, Ven. Chodron spoke on “Good Karma” to about 650 people at Wihara Ekayana Arama. electricity lesson plans 8th grade Ekayana Buddhist Centre launched the Bahasa Indonesia translations of Buddhism: One Teacher, Many Traditions and How to Free Your Mind: Tara the Liberator. Quite a number of Ven. Chodron’s books have been published in Bahasa Indonesia, both for commercial and free distribution, which is really wonderful. Read about “ Translating the Dharma for All.”

Ven. Chodron gave several teachings in Indonesia. We also visited the Ekayana Ehi-Passiko School, a Buddhism-based school that emphasizes mindfulness. Ven. Chodron spoke to a class of fifth graders about the Sravasti Abbey animals, and the kids were full of questions: “Do cougars eat people?” and “How do you avoid attacks from bears?” She also spoke to high school students about meditation. It’s wonderful to see these students learn about meditation, mindfulness, compassion, and kindness from a young age.

Vens. Chodron and Damcho spent their last days in Indonesia leading a retreat and visiting the Buddhist temple ruins at Muaro Jambi. Here, it is said, Lama Atisha spent 12 years studying bodhicitta and thought-training with his most beloved master, Serlingpa. We’ll hear more about this in the next eNews, but wonderful photos are already on Facebook. Next, they head to Singapore, where teachings begin December 6.

Since the Abbey is now home to more monastics and more guests are visiting, the Washington Dept. of Health has required us to update our water system from Type B to Type A. This necessitated drilling a new well. The drill went down and down until, at a depth of 585 feet, water spurted out at 20 gallons a minute. Hurrah!! See the 40 second video to see how much that is.

We’ve also had to replace the broken cesspool at the small house down the hill at Tara’s Refuge with a new septic system. In the process, we discovered that the old pipe under the foundation that connects to the new septic system is also broken. gas questions The septic system is now completed and we’re awaiting the plumber and contractor to fix the pipe.

Two local people requested the Abbey community to do a land blessing ceremony to create positive intentions for Mother Earth and living beings. Joining with our Carmelite nun friends and a small group of concerned citizens, we did a private event with a sincere wish to help protect our local environment and its inhabitants from potential environmental and health degradation.

Our interfaith ceremony brought in beautiful elements from the Buddhist and Catholic faiths, as well as the sharing of a Northwest Native American prayer. Blessed water from the miraculous healing spring and shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in France was mixed into holy water the Buddhists had blessed with recitations of om mani padme hum. Each participant received water to sprinkle on lands near and far that may be adversely impacted by a possible silicon smelter. We imbued this water with our sincere positive intentions for the well being of all—but in particular Newport and the surrounding region.

Ven. Samten shared some of the wisdom in Working With Anger, written by Ven. Thubten Chodron, at Shantideva Center’s new location in Brooklyn. Among the book’s 67 antidotes to anger, the Shantideva group focused on becoming aware of our buttons and rehearsing the antidotes on the cushion so that we can be better prepared for situations that will inevitably trigger those buttons. Over time, with effort, we can diminish the size of those buttons and deactivate our reactivity!

We’ve also been studying Working with Anger at the Spokane Unitarian Universalist Church meditation class led by Abbey nuns, which finishes December 10 before we go into winter retreat. The class will continue through the winter as a student-led book study group focusing on A Fearless Heart by Thubten Jinpa, principal English translator for His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The class meets Mondays from 6:30 to 8:00 pm beginning January 15. electricity cost per watt Contact Susan or just drop in. Abbey nuns return in early April.

Also in Spokane, Vens. Jigme and Lamsel led a meditation workshop at the Souls Center, “a classroom for spiritual empowerment.” Host Julia Hayes created an intimate environment, including a cozy fireplace, to explore the topic of meditation: What is it? Why do we do it? How do we do it? We first practiced and discussed meditative stabilization, then moved on to analytic meditations on mind as the source of happiness and pain and the kindness of others. Everyone seems to grow in self-acceptance as we examined what can sometimes be uncomfortable topics. The day helped all our efforts to adopt beneficial states of mind and abandon harmful ones.