Exploring Monastic LIfe

About This Event

A Study and Community Experience

with Ven. Thubten Chodron and the Sravasti Abbey Community

Exploring Monastic Life is for qualified lay people exploring the possibility of ordination, and for monks and nuns that have been ordained for five years or less.

Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron teaches from over 40 years of experience as a monastic. In addition to receiving daily teachings, you will live and practice as a member of the Sravasti Abbey community—engaging in meditation, discussion, and offering service with the community.

Applicants must have taken refuge in the Three Jewels at least one year ago and must not be in a long-term relationship. Priority will be given to applicants under 50 years old.

Read the detailed program description.

Apply by completing the longer application form. This can be found on our website

All programs are offered on a donation basis. To gather the resources for the course to happen, we ask participants to collect the donations to support it. Each person should raise or contribute at least $475 USD.

Arrive by 5:00 pm on Monday. Program ends after lunch on August 8.

Read all about Visiting the Abbey.

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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