Peaceful Living, Peaceful Dying

  • Sravasti Abbey Sravasti Abbey
  • 692 Country Lane, Newport, WA, USA
  • Apr 26 - 28, 2019 (3 days)

About This Event

Buddhist perspectives on dying that help us to live with love, compassion and forgiveness.


Death is something we all inevitably encounter in life. We ourselves will die one day, and even before that occurs we will experience the deaths of those close to us: family, friends, pets, and so on.

Buddhism encourages us to face death rather than try to avoid it, as it can be a great teacher of profound and meaningful truths, and an opportunity to truly open our hearts and learn loving-kindness, compassion, and forgiveness.

We are also encouraged to prepare for death by living mindfully and ethically, and by learning practices that can help us remain calm and positive during the process of dying.

In this course we will explore Buddhist perspectives on death and dying, as well as practices to prepare for our own death and help others who are dying. The retreat is suitable for beginners as well as long-term meditators.

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 below. Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements.

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

Before you arrive, please arrange transport from the Abbey to your next destination.

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