"Everything must change; nothing stays the same."  Many artists have recorded this popular song, and most people accept this.

Abbey to host Sharing the Dharma Day

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“Everything must change; nothing stays the same.”  Many artists have recorded this popular song, and most people accept this. Yet when the computer crashes or our relationship ends, we are often surprised and disappointed, reacting with hurt or anger. How much less we would suffer if we knew in our hearts that everything must change.

The Sravasti Abbey community will discuss impermanence and unnecessary suffering at Sharing the Dharma Day on July 9 from 9:45 a.m – 3 p.m. The program includes guided meditation, a talk on the topic of the day, vegetarian potluck lunch, and a facilitated discussion. Guests may also view a video about the Buddhist monastery and take a tour of the grounds and Buddhist art work (weather permitting).

Offered once a month, Sharing the Dharma is an opportunity for people of all faiths and backgrounds to learn something of the Buddha's teachings and how to apply them to enrich their lives. Topics for Sharing the Dharma Day are drawn from the book, Buddhism for Beginners, written by the Abbey's founder and Abbess, Venerable Thubten Chodron, according to a press release.

Venerable Chodron has practiced and studied Buddhism for over 35 years, and her teachers include His Holiness the Dalai Lama. She is the author of many books, including Open Heart, Clear Mind and Guided Meditations on the Stages of the Path, and her works have been published in many languages. Ven. Chodron teaches meditation and Buddhist philosophy worldwide and trains the Abbey's resident monastics to teach as well.

All are welcomed to take part in Sharing the Dharma Day. Dress is casual but modest (no shorts or bare midriffs) and guests are encouraged to bring a vegetarian offering for the potluck. Sravasti Abbey is located at 692 Country Lane, Newport. For more information and directions call 509-447-5549 or email office.sravasti@gmail.com.

Check out the full Sharing the Dharma Day program at http://www.sravasti.org/programs/sharing.html,

Tracy Simmons

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  1. The Abbey residents enjoyed the diverse and shared perspectives on this profound teaching of the Buddha.

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