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Moving the New Buddha Image
September 26, 2016

On September 14, 2016, the resident Abhayagiri Community, guests, and neighbors joined together to move the 3,000 pound sandstone Buddha image into the new Reception Hall. Click here to view a video of this inspiring joint effort.We've also posted a photo gallery.

Upasika Day: Practice in a Global/Social Context
September 5, 2016

On Sunday, October 8, 2016, Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery will be hosting an Upasika Day. All are welcome. The theme for the day will be Practice in a Global/Social Context: Right Speech and Living With Ourselves - From the Mind to the Mouth, What Happens? Luang Por Pasanno and senior Abhayagiri monastics have graciously agreed to lead us in teachings, discussion and guided meditations on how speech that contributes to harmony with others and happiness with ourselves begins with attention to and cultivation of internal mental processes. Live Streaming This event will live streamed and you can participate online by going to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vs6A1aniHbc. Readings for the...

Abhayagiri Kathina: October 23, 2016
August 17, 2016

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 r...

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Latest Reflection

The Breath Through the Fog
Ajahn Yatiko

Ajahn Chah said that when watching the breath, it’s important to understand that our thinking doesn’t have to stop. This is a very useful point. Often when we’re watching the breath, we get lost in a train of thought and eventually remind ourselves to come back to the breath. In many guided meditations, we often hear the phrase, “Come back to the breath.” We can start to feel that thinking is a problem, as if there is a battle between thinking and the breath. It can become unpleasant because we’re fighting against our thinking. Rather than battling like...

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Latest Talk

Beasts of Burden
Ajahn Pasanno
September 24, 2016

Ajahn Pasanno reflects on the human tendency to pick up the conditions of our five khandas – form, feeling, perception, mental formations, and consciousness – as burdens. But the Buddha tau...


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Reception Hall Construction Updates

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

Year Four: Construction update As we enter the summer months of 2016, we also enter our fourth year of construction of Abhayagiri's new Reception Hall. Year one, 2013, saw us complete: structural foundations, retaining walls, underfloor plumbing, waterproofing back retaining wall, installing water tanks and trenching for fire sprinkler system. Year two, 2014, construction was mostly put on hold, with the exception of a few additions to the infrastructure: stairways, septic tank, underground electrical lines and drains, radiant underfloor heating tubes, finished floor levels, and a small retaining wall. The del...

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