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Luang Por Viradhammo’s 70th birthday
April 27, 2017

Today, April 27, 2017, marks Luang Por Viradhammo’s 70th birthday. We at Abhayagiri would like to share our happiness, gratitude and good wishes to Luang Por Viradhammo and the community at Tisarana. New Book: The Contemplative’s Craft In celebration of this day, we would like to share Luang Por Viradhammo’s new book, entitled The Contemplative’s Craft: Internalizing the Teachings of the Buddha, which is now available in e-book formats: The Contemplative’s Craft (PDF) The Contemplative’s Craft (Epub)

Upasika Day: Renewal Day (April 30, 2017)
April 26, 2017

We hope you can join us at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery for the annual Upasika Renewal Day on Sunday, April 30, 2017, a day of community, Dhamma study, meditation, and renewal. Our theme for the day will be “Devotion and Ritual: Becoming The Buddha.” Luang Por Pasanno and senior Abhayagiri monastics have graciously agreed to lead us in reflections on the ceremonies, April 14, 15 and 16 (see www.abhayagiri.org/news/consecration-ceremony-for-new-buddha-statue for details), to consecrate the Buddha rupa in the new reception hall. Luang Por will reflect on the meaning and significance for the monastic and lay community of this traditional ceremony. A...

Ajahn Piak to visit Abhayagiri in April
April 25, 2017

Watch Luang Por Piak at Abhayagiri Saturday's Dhamma Talk Monday's Question & Answer Session Tuesday's Dhamma Talk Luang Por Piak Visiting Abhayagiri Ajahn Piak, a Thai disciple of Ajahn Chah and close friend of Ajahn Dtun and Ajahn Anan, will be visiting Abhayagiri for a week in April. We expect him to arrive the evening of April 19 and depart early in the morning on April 26. We plan to invite Ajahn Piak to give the Saturday talk on April 22 and the Wan Phra talk on April 25. We will be live streaming both talks and you will be able to watch them by going to Abhayagiri's Youtube channel. Ajahn Pi...

Sāmaṇera Ordination Ceremony for Anagārikas Jeff, Dorian, and Hector
April 16, 2017

On May 6th, 2017, all are welcome to attend the formal ceremony in which Anagārikas Jeff, Dorian, and Hector will take the brown robes of a novice (sāmaṇera). The ceremony will take place in the new reception hall. Evening puja will be at 7:30 PM which will be followed by the Sāmaṇera ordination around 8:30–8:45 PM. Please see our calendar for more details.

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Latest Reflection

No Ajahn Chah 1
Ajahn Chah

When people would say to Ajahn Chah that they found it impossible to practice in society, he would ask them: “If I poked you in the chest with a burning stick, would you say ‘I’m suffering, it’s true, but since I live in this society I can’t get away from it?”’Ajahn Chah’s response makes a point not unlike the Buddha’s parable of the poisoned arrow. The Buddha tells of man who had been shot by an arrow and would not let anyone pull it out until his question about the arrow, the bow and the archer were all answered. The only problem was that the wounded man would probably die ...

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Latest Talk

Two Kinds of Dukkha
Ajahn Karuṇadhammo
April 11, 2017

Ajahn Karuṇadhammo describes the duty of the first Noble Truth—to fully understand dukka. Without this, our attempts to follow the path to the end of dukkha will be unsatisfactory. He describes...


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Reception Hall Construction Updates

Pictures from Reception Hall - Season 4 - Construction
November 23, 2015

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, March 14th, we called for an inspection of the Reception Hall building. The county inspector passed the building and gave us a temporary occupancy permit. This permit allows us to start using the building immediately. There are still a few days worth of cabinetry, tiling, and carpentry work, as well as the elevator to be approved. Hopefully, this will be completed within the next couple of weeks. Once the community ends our winter retreat we will move into the building and start using it. We still have a significant amount of work to do with regard to landscaping: this wor...

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