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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...

Upasika Day Live Streaming
August 8, 2016

On Sunday, August 14, 2016, Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery will be hosting an Upasika Day. All are welcome. The theme for this day is Meditation: "Meditation on Ten Perceptions." You can read more to find out times and curriculum on the calendar page. For those unable to attend, we will also be live streaming the event. People will be able to listen to the day's teachings and reflections and ask questions during the discussion periods. To participate in the live stream, please click on the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kSgIhuqMLw

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Latest Reflection

The Power of Speech
Ajahn Karuṇadhammo

I was thinking about an aspect of our practice, right speech, and reflecting on the power of speech to affect us all. In some ways it affects us even more than bodily actions, which we think of as the coarsest way of acting out a mental condition. Speech can have an even broader effect because the number of people who can hear spoken words is greater than the number of people who can observe somebody’s bodily action. Knowing how powerful it is, we need to put a great amount of care and attention into our speech because it can impact each one of us for better o...

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Latest Talk

The Perspective of Dukkha
Ajahn Pasanno
August 18, 2016

When we see experience from the perspective of I/me/mine we are, as Ajahn Chah used to say, looking for a turtle with a mustache. We focus on the impossible task of satisfying the five aggrega...


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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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