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Five remembrances

Good Grief Retreat (2023) Part 1

A short retreat on grief, hosted online by Sravasti Abbey in October 2023 with the book Good Grief by Granger Westburg as a resource.

  • Story about a woman grieving her baby’s death, and the importance of sharing our grief
  • It takes time to recover from grief
  • The Buddha’s first teaching and the truth of suffering (duhkha)
  • Sources of grief are not limited to the death of loved ones
  • Kinds of grief described in the West
  • Grief can be affected by an individual’s views and experiences
  • Five contemplations recommended by the Buddha (Five Remembrances)
  • Meditation on the Five Remembrances

Part 2 of this series:

Stages of grief

Part 3 of this series:

Transforming problems into the path

Venerable Sangye Khadro

California-born, Venerable Sangye Khadro ordained as a Buddhist nun at Kopan Monastery in 1974, and is a longtime friend and colleague of Abbey founder Ven. Thubten Chodron. Ven. Sangye Khadro took the full (bhikshuni) ordination in 1988. While studying at Nalanda Monastery in France in the 1980s, she helped to start the Dorje Pamo Nunnery, along with Venerable Chodron. Venerable Sangye Khadro has studied Buddhism with many great masters including Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Lama Yeshe, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey, and Khensur Jampa Tegchok. She began teaching in 1979 and was a resident teacher at Amitabha Buddhist Centre in Singapore for 11 years. She has been resident teacher at the FPMT centre in Denmark since 2016, and from 2008-2015, she followed the Masters Program at the Lama Tsong Khapa Institute in Italy. Venerable Sangye Khadro has authored several books, including the best-selling How to Meditate, now in its 17th printing, which has been translated into eight languages. She has taught at Sravasti Abbey since 2017 and is now a full-time resident.

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