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Upāsaka Day: June 4, 2017
May 25, 2017

We hope you can join us at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery for the next Upasika Day on Sunday, June 4, a day of community, Dhamma study, meditation, and renewal. Our theme for the day will be Sutta Study: Two Kinds of Thought, and The Removal of Distracting Thought. Luang Por Pasanno and senior monastics of Abhayagiri have graciously offered to lead us in an exploration of how to skillfully work with thought in meditation and otherwise. The readings for the day include Majjhima Nikaya 19, the Dvedhavitakka Sutta (Two Kinds of Thought), available here: https://suttacentral.net/en/mn19 and Majjhima 20, the Vitakkasanthana Sutta (The Removal of Distracting Thoughts), available here:

New Sāmaṇeras: Guṇavīro, Tissaro and Ṭhitasukho
May 17, 2017

On May 6, 2017, three ordinations took place at Abhayagiri. Former anagārikas Jeff, Dorian, and Hector went forth as sāmaṇeras Guṇavīro, Tissaro, Ṭhitasukho, with Luang Por Pasanno as their preceptor. In the tradition, taking ordination as a sāmaṇera is a way of further devoting oneself to the training in preparation for full Bhikkhu ordination. In case you missed it, a video of the ordination was recorded and is available for viewing: We also have photos from the event that are available in our gallery:

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Latest Reflection

The Power of Faith
Ajahn Ñanadhammo

Faith is the fuel, the energy which propels us on the spiritual path. For many Western people this quality is actually not very strong when we come to Buddhism because we often come to Buddhism with the approach of having rejected religions of faith, religions which demand belief. We’ve come from a rational, intellectual, and logical appreciation of Dhamma. So we find it difficult to develop those faith practices like recollection of the Buddha, recollection of his teachings, or recollection of the Ariya-Sangha. That can be one of our weaknesses – that our strong intellectual side is out o...

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Latest Talk

The Heart of the Monastic Retreat (Vintage 2015 talk)
Ajahn Pasanno
May 22, 2017

Recalling his initial impressions of Ajahn Chah's monastery, Ajahn Pasanno describes monastic practice as incorporating Dhamma into all aspects of life: formal practice, eating, chores, and interacti...


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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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