Manjushri Retreat-One Week

About This Event

On the Manjushri Retreat, take a week-long vacation with the Buddha of Wisdom. Join us for the Abbey’s annual 1-week meditation retreat on Manjushri.

Manjushri practice is especially effective for eliminating confusion and ignorance, generating wisdom, and enhancing bodhicitta. Initiation into the Manjushri practice is helpful, but not required for this retreat.

The annual 1-week retreat is a chance to really get a feel for meditation practice and to deepen in the Dharma. The retreat will include teachings with Ven. Thubten Chodron as well as several daily practice sessions. We will hold noble silence.

A dana offering and registration form are requested to reserve your place for the retreat. Use the long form. You can find this on our website

Arrive by 5:00 on Wednesday.  Retreat ends after 2:00 on the following Wednesday.

Read all about Visiting the Abbey, including Getting Here, and Visiting Guidelines.

For more information, write the office or call (contact info blocked)

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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