Why are Western women shaving their heads and donning the robes of the Dalai Lama? What is it like to commit to a monastic life? How do women end up making this choice? What can lay people learn from them as they reflect on their own spiritual choices?Read More »
Sravasti Abbey — the Tibetan Buddhist monastery near Newport — will open its doors on Sunday 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 enrich the experience through facilitated small-group discussion, according to the abbey.Read More »
Venerable Thubten Chodron responds to a query from a monastic about how to work with a critical and judgmental mind.Read More »
Venerable Thubten Chodron, of Sravasti Abbey, prays during a novice nun ordination ceremony.Read More »
NEWPORT — Daniela Mieritz touched her palms together, closed her eyes and let shavings of hair fall onto the dark blue towel draped around her neck.
About 30 people sat facing her, watching the sacred ceremony. Mieritz never opened her eyes to look at them, though a smile occasionally crept across her face as her teacher, Venerable Thubten Chodron, delicately took a razor to Mieritz’s scalp.Read More »
NEWPORT — As the bhikshunis, guests and residents at Sravasti Abbey finish their warm, vegetarian lunch, a bell rings and together they begin chanting the 37 Practices of Bodhisattvas.Read More »