I’ve been blogging about Sravasti Abbey for a while, and find it fascinating how quickly the community has grown in a short period of time. When I was last at the Abbey about 3 years ago, they just had completed construction on a house for the female monastics. Their next project is the building of Chenrezig hall, which is expected to triple the Abbey’s capacity to housing 30 resident practitioners (both lay and monastic). Here’s some stats about what the hall plans to offer:

With 10,000 square feet, Chenrezig Hall will include:

  • Accommodations for 19 guests
  • A spacious, well-equipped kitchen & pantry
  • Large dining room
  • A spiritual counseling room
  • Chapel
  • Dharma classroom / multi-purpose room
  • Media room for watching teachings
  • Reception area with a large statue of Kuan Yin, the female form of the Buddha of Compassion, to welcome guests to Sravasti Abbey

Here’s a video with Venerable Thubten Chodron, talking about the Chenrezig Hall:

The Abbey community has grown up until this point due to the support of practitioners from all over the world. If you would like to support the Abbey, there’s a couple of ways. One way is to dedicate recitations of “Om mani padme hum.” They’re trying to collectively do 21 million recitations in order to create the merit required to successfully complete the project. Another way is to make a cash offering. What’s impressive about the Abbeys’ development over the years is that they don’t have several rich sponsors, but have relied on the generousity of many supporters from all over the world.

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