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Founding donor’s day

Celebration of Venerable Chodron’s 30 years as a monastic

  • Expressing respect and gratitude for Venerable Thubten Chodron’s teachings and guidance, 30 years of monastic life, and the founding of Sravasti Abbey
  • Offering of mandala and White Tara practice, wishing Venerable Chodron a long and healthy life and requesting for her teachings and guidance in this and all future lives until Enlightenment

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How Sravasti Abbey came into existence

  • Venerable Chodron’s ordination and early years as a monastic
    • Valuing the opportunity to live in monastic communities and constantly receive teachings from her teachers
  • Ribur Rinpoche’s advice to start a monastic community on her own
  • Selection and significance of the name “Sravasti Abbey”
  • Reasons for wanting to have both monks and nuns at the Abbey
  • How a Buddha statue and the thangkas of Manjusri and Maitreya were offered to the Abbey
  • The Kangyur and Tangyur procured through fortuitous circumstances even before a home was found for the Abbey
  • Series of events resulted in the abbey finding its current home
  • The need for more buildings for growing Sravasti Abbey community

Founding Donor’s Day 02 (download)

Building the monastic residence

  • The need for space and outlines of building projects, the first of which is the construction of the monastic residence
  • Questions and answers with Tim Wilson, an architect who designed the monastic residence
  • Expressing gratitude to donors and helpers especially the local and Coeur d’Alene volunteers and invitation to receive gifts from Venerable Chodron

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  • The aspirations of founding donors and supporters
  • Venerable Chodron’s talk on the power of aspiration
  • Prayer recitation
  • Sample of the 85 prayers of aspirations submitted by some of Sravasti Abbey’s founding donors and supporters
  • The procession to escort the Buddha statue to its new home in the garden

Founding Donor’s Day 04 (download)

Sravasti Abbey Monastics

The monastics of Sravasti Abbey endeavor to live generously through dedicating their lives to the Buddha's teachings, practicing them earnestly, and offering them to others. They live simply, as the Buddha did, and offer a model for society at large, showing that ethical discipline contributes to a morally grounded society. Through actively developing their own qualities of loving-kindness, compassion, and wisdom, the monastics aspire to make Sravasti Abbey a beacon for peace in our conflict-torn world. Learn more about monastic life here...

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