His Holiness Drikung Kyabgön Chetsang Rinpoche, Thinle Lhundrup has invited the Mahayana Bhikshuni Sangha to return to Shravasti, India in 2023 for the first time in 2000 years. A Varsa, or rains retreat, is an annual commitment of all the ordained. It began when Buddha noticed thousands of small insects arose during the monsoon season and were unintentionally killed when the monastics walked to the villages to beg for their daily food. Monastics were then enjoined to spend this season in retreat as a harmonious community studying together.
Mahayana Bhikshunis and Shramaneras will gather from around the world to learn from each other, studying each other’s meditation systems and the Vinaya. It will be a rare opportunity to share knowledge and experiences on the path of Dharma. Vajra Dakini Nunnery has the honor of coordinating the planning. Khenmo Drolma is among a team of esteemed teachers presenting during this retreat. We will add reports and photos from India so you can follow the historic event.
Vajra Dakini Weekly Meditation Online
9 – 10 AM Eastern: Tibetan Qijong with Carol Bailey
10 – 11 AM Eastern: Khenmo gives Dharma talks on Bodhisattva training for daily life. Currently the text is the Seven Points of Mind Training.
Sunday Extras 11- 11:30: Monthly 30 min longer sessions with meditation instruction and practice; April 16, May 21, June 21, July 9th.
Tuesdays & Thursdays 7 – 8 AM Eastern
Current Events and Mini Retreat w/Khenmo
Spring Shravasti Retreat May 19-21 with Khenmo Drolma.
Shamatha, Vipassena, and somatic exercises woven seamlessly to support an evolving understanding of our minds and its obscurations.
Ayya Santacitta of Aloka Earth Room joins Peggy Walsh Craig of Nipissing Environmental Advocates, Annie Wadleigh of Portland Pollinators, and Maureen Goronson of Goronson Farm for a panel discussion of the intersection of Dharma, Ecology, and Art.
About Shravasti Meditation
The Shravasti Meditation curriculum was designed by H. H. Drikung Kyabgön Chetsang Rinpoche as a nonsectarian introduction to meditation for 21st Century practitioners for a life-long practice. It begins with Calm Abiding Meditation, Insight Meditation, and Bodhicitta (Loving Kindness and Compassion) using the Sutra on Mindfulness of Breathing as a structure.
Women's Leadership in the Dharma
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