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2017 “Sharing the Dharma Day” Series begins April 2

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Concluding two months of silent meditation retreat, Sravasti Abbey — the Tibetan Buddhist monastery near Newport —  will opens its doors on Sunday, April 2 for its Sharing the Dharma Day series.

The April Sharing the Dharma Day will be combined with a traditional Tibetan Buddhist ceremony to mark the end of retreat and thank the volunteers who supported the monks and nuns in their meditation practice, according to a press release.

It will run from 9:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Abbey, 692 Country Lane outside of Newport. The day will include a guided meditation, a talk by abbess Ven. Thubten Chodron, a vegetarian potluck and an Lama Chopa offering ceremony.

The afternoon “Lama Chopa” ceremony is a religious celebration that includes recitations, Tibetan chanting, prayers, and sharing of food offerings.

Guests may come for the whole day of activities. According to a press release it is also OK for those less familiar with Buddhism to opt for attending only the morning meditation, talk, and lunch.

Sravasti Abbey offers Sharing the Dharma Day for people of all faiths and backgrounds to visit and learn more about Buddhism. Dress is casual; friendly curiosity and openness to learn are the only pre-requisites.

Upcoming Sharing the Dharma Day dates are May 7June 4July 9, and August 6. Fall/winter dates are as yet undecided.

For more information and directions call 509-447-5549 or email office.sravasti@gmail.com.

Tracy Simmons

About Tracy Simmons

Tracy Simmons, who teaches journalism at Gonzaga University, is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 13 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash.

She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and for the Religion News Service.

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