Is your story like mine?
My name is Cheri. I first met Venerable Thubten Chodron and Sravasti Abbey online. This was many years ago when I lived in Memphis, Tennessee, far from Sravasti Abbey. I joined a Retreat from Afar.
That first time, I made a small offering to help support the retreat and received a letter from Venerable Chodron rejoicing in my generosity. She told me that I was creating the causes for attending retreats in person someday.
She was spot on! A few years later I moved to Washington State, just an hour’s drive from the Abbey, and was able to attend retreats in person!
Like a pure land
On my first visit, Venerable Chodron was teaching overseas, but I could feel her presence in every corner of the Abbey and in every monastic’s attitude. There was so much joy, kindness, and open warm heartedness. Just this happiness everywhere! I felt like I had stepped into a little pure realm.
This happens every single time I go up to the Abbey, no matter how many times I visit.
Even though Covid has paused visits for now, the Abbey makes sure you and I can still access that pure land. We can find support and guidance ‘round the clock all year long. Amazing! They do this for you and me. And all sentient beings.
The Abbey allows all of us—near and far, one and all—an opportunity to benefit through our practicing generosity.