Students' Insights

Students share how they integrate the Dharma into their daily lives and to face challenging situations.

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Dharma Poetry

Poems about working with afflictions and transforming the mind.

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On Cultivating Virtue

Reflections on how to live in line with our values and practice ethical conduct.

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On Emptiness

Applying the teachings on emptiness in everyday life.

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On Impermanence

Coming to terms with loss, aging, and death with the help of the Dharma.

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On Refuge and Bodhicitta

Trusting the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha and aspiring to attain buddhahood.

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On Taking Illness Onto the Path

Turning to the Dharma for support when experiencing illness and injury.

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On Working with Afflictions

Learning to identify afflictions and apply the antidotes to calm the mind.

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Rashika laughing while cooking in the Sravasti Abbey kitchen with Venerable Penne.
On Cultivating Virtue

Revoking anger’s “Get out of trouble free” card

Anger can make us impulsive, making us feel out of control. A simple meditation shows…

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Venerable Jampa smiling with arms open.
On Cultivating Virtue

Some thoughts on the practice of gratitude

As His Holiness the Dalai Lama reminds us, we become happier by becoming kinder.

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On Working with Afflictions

Invasive weeds of the mind

Venerable Dekyi compares working in the Abbey's gardens to cultivating the wisdom and compassion of…

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Aid worker passing out supplies to a Ukrainian man during time of war.
On Taking Illness Onto the Path

What a wonderful world!

A student reflects on how pain and suffering can be transformed into "little bits of…

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On Refuge and Bodhicitta

My three jewels

A student reflects on taking the eight Mahayana one-day precepts.

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Cheri smiling at Sravasti Abbey.
On Taking Illness Onto the Path

Using the Dharma to manage an unpredictable illness

A students uses her Dharma practice to face adversity, and then uses that same adversity…

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Dharma Poetry

I love problems

Making up a list of things to fix (in other people). Is this where joy…

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Stephen sitting outside in meditation posture, reading a Dharma book.
Dharma Poetry

Clarity, confidence and courage

Antidotes to the afflictions of confusion, self-doubt, and fear that hold us back in our…

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Cheri standing in front of the altar, offering yellow roses.
On Taking Illness Onto the Path

Transforming adversity

When our lives are changed because of illness, we still practice the Dharma.

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Students' Insights

It takes courage on both sides

A Dharma practitioner and healthcare provider shares her experience on the front lines of the…

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On Working with Afflictions

A call for unity

A student reflects on the polarization of our political system.

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Black and white image of a man gazing off into the distance.
On Impermanence

Don’t take life for granted

"In the blink of an eye, everything can change." A student examines how this truth…

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