Sisters at Sravasti Abbey walk to the chapel.

BRIEF: Sravasti Abbey to open its doors for monthly Sharing the Dharma Day


Sisters at Sravasti Abbey walk to the chapel.
Sisters at Sravasti Abbey walk to the chapel.

Sravasti Abbey, the Tibetan Buddhist monastery near Newport, is opening its door on Dec. 8 for Sharing the Dharma Day. The monthly event offers an opportunity to explore meditation, hear a talk drawn from Buddhist teachings, share a vegetarian potluck lunch and enjoy facilitated small-group discussion. Sharing the Dharma Day runs from 9:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Abbey on 692 Country Lane. The topic for December is “The Kindness of Others and Wanting to Repay It” from “Don’t Believe Everything You Think,” a new book by Abbey founder and abbess, the Venerable Thubten Chodron.

“Reflecting on the kindness of others helps to develop a heart of gratitude,” said the Venerable Chodron in a press release. “When we recognize kindness, we naturally want to repay it, and so this reflection provides a stable basis for developing a kind and loving heart. It also makes us much happier.”

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 prerequisites. Guests are invited to bring a vegetarian lunch item — omitting onions and garlic as well as meat or fish — to share with the whole group.

There is no charge for events at Sravasti Abbey, and offerings — of food for the community and/or financial gifts — are always welcome.

The Abbey will host one additional Sharing the Dharma Day, on Jan. 5, before closing for its annual winter meditation retreat. Sharing the Dharma Day events will resume in the spring.

For  information or directions, contact the Abbey at 509-447-5549 or office.sravasti@gmail.com.

About Josie Camarillo

Josie Camarillo is a recent graduate of Whitworth University, where she majored in English and psychology. Currently pursuing her Master in Social Work at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, Camarillo writes for SpokaneFAVS from afar, but plans to return to the Spokane area after attaining her licensure as an independent social worker. She dreams of becoming a relationship therapist and a published author. Her hobbies include photography, horseback riding and writing poetry.

Camarillo has a passion for photography and writing, especially poetry, and is interested in creative counseling methods like narrative therapy and using horses in therapy. Someday, she would like to be a counselor and a published poet. Her favorite poems are "The Singing Woman from the Wood's Edge" by Edna St. Vincent Millay and "The Art of Drowning" by Billy Collins.

During fall 2013, Camarillo worked for Spokane Faith & Values as a copy editing intern, where her specialities included deleting Oxford commas and adding hyperlinks. Since then, she has transitioned into becoming a regular contributor to the site as a writer and photographer.

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