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Nuns slated to speak at The Mac about Buddhism in the Northwest


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On Saturday, Ven. Thubten Chodron and Ven. Thubten Chonyi of Sravasti Abbey will speak at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture about Buddhism and about their abbey, located in Newport.

At the day-long event, they’ll discuss the history of Sravasti Abbey – the first Tibetan Buddhist monastery for Western nuns and monks in the U.S – and the impact its had on the Pacific Northwest.

Chodron, abbess of Sravasti and co-author of “The Foundation of Buddhist Practice” ( co-written with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama) will speak at 10:30 a.m. Then, after lunch, at 1:30 p.m., Chodron will lead a meditation workshop.

The event is free and will be held in the Museum’s Eric A. Johnston Auditorium, 2316 W. First Avenue.

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Tracy Simmons
Tracy Simmons
Tracy Simmons is an award-winning journalist specializing in religion reporting and digital entrepreneurship. In her approximate 20 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti. Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas, Connecticut and Washington. She is the executive director of FāVS.News, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Washington. She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and national publications. She is a Scholarly Assistant Professor of Journalism at Washington State University.

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