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Abhayagiri Kathina: October 15, 2017

Each year since the time of the Buddha, at the end of the three-month Rains Retreat, the lay community around every Buddhist monastery has gathered to celebrate the completion of the retreat and to offer to the monastic community gifts of cloth and supplies that will be useful for the coming year. The cloth is then cut, sewn and dyed by the monks to make a robe on that day to offer to one of the Saṅgha. This 2,500-year-old tradition is still carried on here in the West in the Theravadan monasteries. It is initiated by a lay supporter or a group of supporters who request to organize the preparation and formal offerings. It is both a significant and joyful occasion that, over time, has become emblematic of the richness of the relationship t...
Posted On September 1, 2017

Upāsikā Day, Saturday, August 12: Practice in a Global Context; Being a Good Citizen

On Saturday, August 12, Luang Por Pasanno and senior monastics of Abhayagiri have graciously offered to lead us in an exploration of the Buddha’s teachings on living in society, and how we can apply them today. The schedule for the day is as follows: 10:45 a.m. Refuges and Precepts (optional) 11:00 a.m. (sharp) Meal Offering 1-4:30 p.m. Study/Practice Session 4:30 p.m. Tea with the monastics (optional) The group session will be livestreamed at https://youtu.be/v1JrjH4HJmE starting at 1PM. Attendance at Upāsikā Days is open both to those who wish to make a formal commitment to the program and to those who may simply wish to attend for the day. All are welcome.
Posted On August 6, 2017

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Mindfulness Develops Right Speech
Ajahn Jotipālo
September 22, 2017

Ajahn Dtoen came to visit us once, right after one of our winter retreats. During a question and answer period, I asked him if there were any exercises we could do to improve the wholesomeness of our speech or how to approach right speech as a practice. He saw right through me. He could see I was hoping there was some sort of technique I could apply before speaking that would solve all my problems around speech—a technique that would tell me when my speech was appropriate and timely. Ajahn Dtoen shook his head and said, “No, if you are looking for a method or a technique, it’...

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Living with Luang Ta Maha Boowa (Vintage 2007 Talk)
Ajahn Silaratano
September 19, 2017

Ajahn Dick Silaratano encourages the Abhayagiri community in their practice by describing how he arrived at Luang Ta Maha Boowa’s monastery and eventually became Luang Ta’s personal attendant for many years. This talk with questions and answers was offered on June 9, 2007 at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery.

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