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Ven. Thubten Lobsang/Sravasti Abbey
Ven. Thubten Lobsang/Sravasti Abbey

On Aug. 16 Sravasti Abbey will welcome  Venerable Thubten Lobsang (formerly Brian Lawson) to its monastic community.

Lobsang is the first and only monk to be part of Sravasti.

He joined the community as a trainee in November and took anagarika ordination in January. He was ordained in Seattle, according to an announcement from the abbey.

Sravasti will welcome him during its Sharing the Dharma Day program, where he will be introduced, share his story and have a question and answer session with the other monastics.

The Sharing the Dharma program begins at 9:45 a.m. and Lobsang’s celebration will begin around 1:45 p.m. RSVp is requested by emailing the abbey at office.sravasti@gmail.com.

About Tracy Simmons

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 SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She is also a Journalism Instructor at Washington State University.

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

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