Memorial Day Weekend Retreat-May 24-27 2019

  • Sravasti Abbey Sravasti Abbey
  • 692 Country Lane, Newport, WA, USA
  • May 24 - 27, 2019 (4 days)

About This Event

How to See Yourself as You Really Are
course with Ven. Thubten Chodron

What’s the root of all our problems? We don’t know who we are and how things actually exist. This is the very heart of the Buddha’s teaching.

Ven. Thubten Chodron teaches from the final chapters of the book, How to See Yourself as You Really Are, by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and translated by Jeffrey Hopkins, to help us understand ourselves and our world from a more realistic—and loving—perspective. As these teachings delve into philosophy, some background in Buddhist thought is helpful, but not required. To prepare, you can see previous years’ teachings on our You Tube Channel.

When you plant seeds in the garden, you don’t dig them up every day to see if they have sprouted yet. You simply water them and clear away the weeds; you know that the seeds will grow in time. Similarly, just do your daily practice and cultivate a kind heart. Abandon impatience and instead be content creating the causes for goodness; the results will come when they’re ready. ~ Venerable Thubten Chodron


Accommodations are simple but comfortable. Men and women are housed separately.


We are vegetarian, but do serve dairy and bake with eggs. We do not eat fertilized eggs, radishes, onions, garlic, or leeks.

We serve three meals daily, except on new and full moon days when we take the eight Mahayana Precepts together. Residents take turns preparing simple meals. Lunch is the main meal of the day.

Snacks, fruit, and tea are available at all times.


We’re an hour’s drive north of Spokane, Washington and Coeur D’Alene, Idaho. It’s 6 hours from Seattle, Washington and about 7 hours from Portland, Oregon.

Spokane International (GEG) is our nearest airport. Spokane also has Amtrak and transcontinental bus service. Options for ground transportation from Spokane to the Abbey are described on our website. Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements. Please contact (contact info blocked) for further information

Please plan to arrive at the Abbey before 3:00 pm.

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