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Sravasti Abbey invites community for Sharing the Dharma Day

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According to the monastics at the Tibetan Buddhist monastery near Newport, Sravasti Abbey, “In today’s chaotic and competitive world, it’s hard to notice how others contribute to our well-being. Yet, from the Buddhist point of view, we constantly benefit from others’ efforts—even people we don’t know.”

That’s why they’ll be hosting Sharing the Dharma Day, which offers a look at the kindness of others on Sunday, Dec. 8, from 9:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is open to people from all backgrounds and spiritual traditions, and will include guided meditation, a teaching on the topic, vegetarian potluck lunch, and facilitated discussion.

The day will also include the opportunity to meet new people, tour the Abbey grounds and forest, and get to know the Abbey nuns and monk. The program is offered freely, and donations as well as food offerings for the community are accepted.

Please bring food to share for lunch, avoiding onions, garlic, and leeks as well as meat, fish, or chicken. Dress is casual, although modesty is appropriate for a monastic environment.

Sravasti Abbey is located at 692 Country Lane, Newport. For more information and directions call 509-447-5549 or email  

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Tracy Simmons is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 15 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, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She is also a Journalism Instructor at Washington State University.

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