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Nyung Ne Purification Retreat of Chenrezig @ Sravasti Abbey
Nov 22 @ 8:00 am – Nov 27 @ 5:00 pm

Nyung Ne Purification Retreat of Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion
with Ven. Tenzin Tsepal

November 22-27, 2017 

“Doing nyung-nä is the way to save yourself from being born in the lower realms. It’s the quick way to get enlightened for sentient beings and the quick way to free all sentient beings from the oceans of samsaric suffering and bring them to enlightenment.”
– Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Nyung-Ne (pronounced nyoo-nay) is a practice of Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion. It is a retreat of body, speech and mind from non-virtuous actions in order to purify negativities and accumulate merit. It includes taking the Mahayana precepts as well as committing to complete fasting and silence on the second day.

Nyung-Ne is extremely powerful for healing illness, purifying negative karma, and opening the heart to compassion. The nun Bhikshuni Palmo originated the Nyung Nye practice in India many centuries ago, through which she was healed from leprosy and gained the superior realizations of a bodhisattva.

Applicants should have some familiarity with Chenrezig practice and be in good health, especially being free of hypo- or hyper-glycemic concerns, including diabetes.

This schedule is for two consecutive nyung-ne practices. Retreatants may choose to do only the first one or participate in both. All retreatants must arrive by 5:00 pm on Nov. 22.

One Nyung Ne: Nov 22-25, depart after breakfast
Both Nyung Ne: Nov 22-27, depart after breakfast

Please read: Background on the Nyung-Ne practice.


Like all Abbey programs, the Nyung-Ne retreat is offered on a donation basis. An offering and registration form are requested to reserve your place for the retreat.

For more information, email the office or call 509-447-5549.

Read about Visiting the Abbey.

Find out What to Bring.

City-Wide Thanksgiving Dinner @ Spokane Convention Center
Nov 22 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

This free Thanksgiving feast at the Spokane Convention Center is open to anyone and everyone who might be spending the holiday homeless, hungry or alone. Our guests will enjoy turkey, together with all the traditional sides and fixings, served by volunteers from the community. Doors open at 3 p.m.

The Forgotten Carols at the INB Performing Arts Center @ INB Performing Arts Center
Nov 25 @ 7:30 pm
The Forgotten Carols at the INB Performing Arts Center @ INB Performing Arts Center |  |  |

Join Michael McLean and the star cast of The Forgotten Carols on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 7:30 PM. A Holiday season tradition marking its 26th year of consecutive performances. This year signals the largest run of performances, with 22 performances covering 13 cities in six western states.

Michael McLean, a well-known performer, composer, songwriter, author and director initially developed The Forgotten Carols as solely a theme-driven album of new Christmas music. But he soon realized he needed a story to connect all the songs together. McLean wrote the interweaving story of a nurse named Connie Lou who cares for John, an elderly patient who shares the songs about those people he claims to have lived with 2,000 years ago. For his initial performances, McLean played all the parts to give people a sense of how families could present the narration at home hoping it would become a tradition for families.

Over the years, McLean’s modest one-man show has evolved into a huge theatrical production performed for more than a million people throughout the world. The show has been presented throughout the United States and the world, including shows in Ireland, Germany, England and even Ukraine.

Join the Forgotten Carols cast and feel the magic this Christmas at the INB Performing Arts Center.

Tickets are on sale NOW at all TicketsWest outlets, online at or by phone at 800-325-SEAT!

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Holly Berry Ball and Silent Auction @ Manito Golf and Country Club
Dec 1 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Unity Spiritual Center Spokane is hosting a Holly Berry Ball and silent auction. Tickets are on sale now, $45 for steak or halibut, $40 for veggie, $10 for dessert (youth only). This event is a ball! Plan on attending with your special someone or group of friends.
The Committee is also accepting donations for the silent auction & raffle. Please consider donating something amazing to the cause!
Many Unity members donated items to this year’s auction, so you’ll be missing out some amazing gifts, like an EWU Football Package and Tea Service for four at Silver Spoon Tea House if you don’t purchase a ticket.
Contact Unity Spiritual Center Spokane to purchase tickets.
Dec 2 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

This mini-retreat will give you a brief taste of the 500-year-old Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. You will leave wanting more.
The Spiritual Exercises is a program of meditations, prayers, considerations, and contemplative practices that help Christian faith become more fully alive in the everyday life of contemporary people. These Exercises are usually made in one of three different ways: first, extended over approximately thirty days in a silent retreat away from home, which was its original form; or second, as condensed into an eight-day retreat based on Ignatian themes; or third, in the midst of daily life, while living at home, over a period of several months.
These are exercises in opening your heart to intimacy with God with the goal of spiritual freedom; freedom to freely choose a mutual relationship with God that manifests itself in your everyday choices.

This Saturday morning session, 9 – 11 a.m., in the Chapel of the Three Companions will be a mini-retreat consisting of praying, imagining, meditating, reflecting and being quiet with God. It will be like spending time with the One who loves you deeply for who you; time with your Beloved. You are invited to open your heart to the One who loves you.

This session is free, open to the public and no registration is necessary.

Holiday Arts and Crafts Sale
Dec 2 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Eighteenth annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Sale with five women artists. Beautiful, reasonably priced items, perfect for gifts, and stocking stuffers. Jewelry, soaps, lotions, candles, boiled wool mittens and purses, wood block prints, pottery,and ornaments. Retro Blooms Card Company is selling its large selection of handmade greeting cards, bookmarks and calendars. Local honey, jams, evergreen wreaths, and more. Quality workmanship, from local artists!
Saturday Dec 2 from 10-5 and Sunday Dec 3 from 10-3

Holiday Arts, Bake and Craft Sale @ Community of Christ
Dec 2 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

You’re invited to the Holiday Arts, Bake and Craft Sale at the Community of Christ Spokane Valley!

Featuring homemade treasures, gift baskets, food gifts and silent auction.

All proceeds go into the Abolish Poverty and End Suffering Fund to support our 5-week summer free lunch program.

Handel’s Messiah Sing-a-long @ First Presbyterian Church
Dec 9 @ 3:00 pm

Saturday, December 9th, 2017, 3:00pm
First Presbyterian Church of Spokane

Derrick Parker, Conductor
Christie Jones, soprano; Jan Priddy, alto; Tom Williams, tenor; John Frankhauser, bass
The Messiah Choir, the Sing-a-long Choir, and the Messiah Orchestra

A free will offering will be taken.

The Sing-a-long Choir rehearsal will be 1:30-2:30pm on Dec. 9th. We will have music available if you need it.

The Messiah Choir (the choir on the stage) will rehearse from 7-8pm on Nov. 2, 9, 16, 20 (extended to 9pm), & 30 in the FPC choir room. Dress rehearsal will be on Dec. 5, from 7-10pm in the sanctuary. We have space for 20-25 singers to join with the FPC Choir and learn the Messiah in greater detail. Please come to four of the five rehearsals and the dress rehearsal if you would like to be part of the Messiah Choir.

The Sing-a-long choruses this year are:

And the glory of the Lord
Behold the Lamb of God
Their sound is gone out
And He shall purify
Surely He hath borne our griefs
The Hallelujah Chorus
O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion
And with His stripes we are healed
Since by man came death
For unto us a child is born
All we like sheep
Worthy is the Lamb
Glory to God
Lift up your heads, O ye gates

A Festive Baroque Christmas @ Westminster Congregational Church
Dec 9 @ 7:00 pm

Relish some of the best-loved works from the Baroque period set in the splendor of Spokane’s historic churches. First take a nostalgic trip to Christmas past and enjoy a selection of festive music, along with Handel’s stunning Royal Fireworks Music.

Sharing the Dharma & Lama Tsongkhapa Day @ Sravasti Abbey
Dec 10 @ 9:45 am – 3:00 pm

The is the last Sharing the Dharma Day of the season, coinciding with Lama Tsongkhapa Day when we make many light offerings to honor the founder of our lineage. All are welcome!

One Sunday a month, Sravasti Abbey opens our doors for Sharing the Dharma Day, an opportunity for newcomers and old friends to explore the Buddha’s teachings and share in community fellowship.

Sharing the Dharma Day topics are drawn from the book, An Open-hearted Life: Transformative Methods for Compassionate Living, by Abbey founder and abbess Ven. Thubten Chodron and Eastern Washington University psychologist Russell Kolts.

People from all faiths and backgrounds can apply the principles explored on Sharing the Dharma Day to enhance their lives. Bring a vegetarian potluck dish (please no meat, eggs, garlic, onions, leeks or radishes) and come with an open mind. All are welcome!

Watch the fabulous Meet the Neighbors video about Sharing the Dharma Day, produced by SpokaneFAVS and the Spokane Interfaith Council.

See previous Sharing the Dharma Day teachings.