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July 23 Joint Birthday Celebration for Luang Por Sumedho and Luang Por Pasanno
June 21, 2017

We invite you to join us on Sunday, July 23 for a joint birthday celebration for Luang Por Sumedho and Luang Por Pasanno. This will be Luang Por Sumedho's 83rd year of life and his 51st rains retreat as a bhikkhu (fully ordained monk). The schedule of the day has yet to be determined, but we recommend that people arrive by 10:30 am, well before the 11 am meal offering.Luang Por Sumedho plans to visit Abhayagiri from July 17 to July 24, but because of age and health concerns, the July 23 birthday celebration will be the only public event. Abhayagiri's guest accommodations are full during these dates.A brief biography of Luang Por Sumedho, the most senior Western disciple of 

July 15 Benefit for the Mindfulness Care Center in SF
June 21, 2017

Ajahn Pasanno and the Abhayagiri Community will lead a benefit day for the Mindfulness Care Center in San Francisco on Saturday, July 15 from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. The morning will consist of sitting and walking practice with a Dharma reflection. There will be a meal offering to the monastics at 11:00 am. In the afternoon Ajahn Pasanno will tell stories from his early years training under his teacher Ajahn Chah in Thailand. All contributions for the day will benefit the Mindfulness Care Center, a 501(3)(c) Nonprofit. The MCC/Mindfulness Care Center exists through acts of generosity. The MCC's main benefactor Muriel Wanderer recently passed. The Mindfulness Care Center's programs, workshops an...

NEW - Sunday Afternoon Dhamma Talks
June 20, 2017

Starting Sunday, June 11, the regular weekend Dhamma talk will move to Sunday afternoon. The program will begin at 2 pm with chanting followed by meditation. After a short break, one of the senior monks will give a Dhamma talk. There will be no evening puja Sunday night. We have yet to decide what will happen when the lunar observance day falls on Sunday. Evening puja will begin at 7 pm on Saturday nights with no Dhamma talk. If Saturday is a lunar observance day, we'll follow the usual program starting at 7:30 pm. We're making this change because we think that more people will be able to come on Sunday afternoon than on Saturday night. Now that Abhayagiri has a larger, climate-controlled Dhamma Hall that will remain cool during summer af...

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Latest Reflection

On teaching him a lesson
Phra Ajaan Dune Atulo

Six years after the Second World War was over, the legacy of the war remained in the form of the poverty and difficulties caused by the shortages of food and materials that affected every home. In particular, there was a great shortage of cloth. If a monk or novice had even one complete set of robes, he was fortunate.I was one of a large number of novices living with Luang Pu. One day Novice Phrom, another one of Luang Pu’s nephews, saw Novice Chumpon wearing a beautiful new robe, so he asked him,“Where did you get that robe?” Novice Chumpon told him,“I was taking my turn attending to ...

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Latest Talk

Tomorrow, Who Knows, Death May Come (Vintage 2013 Talk)
Ajahn Ñāniko
June 27, 2017

After reflection on community retreat harmony and the desire to be understood, Ajahn Ñaniko relates his experience of the unexpected death of a friend in a cave in Thailand and urges heedfulness, quo...


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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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