Nurture a flourishing monastic community in the US, where learning and practising Buddha's ancient teachings cultivate peace in the hearts of the residents and visitors and -by extension- in the world.
Fulfilling a lifelong vision to support Western sangha, Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron founded Sravasti Abbey in Newport, Washington in 2003 and serves as Abbess.
- Interfaith Exchange
His Holiness the Dalai Lama lists cultivating harmony among the world’s religions as one of his top three priorities. Ven. Thubten Chodron and the Sravasti Abbey community engage in interfaith activities whenever possible. We believe this is especially important in a time of heightened misunderstanding about Islam and the threats against Muslims. Interreligious dialogue helps us to approach people of different faiths—or no particular faith—with an open mind, respect, and willingness to learn. Through such conversations, we become more open-minded and our abilities to investigate and examine our own beliefs and ourselves sharpen. While there are philosophical differences between religions, we can recognize those and still appreciate the similarities. All spiritually-oriented people admire the qualities of love, compassion, wisdom, generosity, and ethical behavior that is based on non-harmfulness. When we meet each other in the spirit of these shared values, we increase understanding, encourage harmony among the followers of various faiths, and contribute to creating peace throughout our chaotic world.
Main Focus Countries of Activities
USA - Singapore - Mexico - Indonesia - Malaysia - Germany - India