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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

Death: A Cause for Brightness
Ajahn Amaro

There is a skillful and beautiful Buddhist tradition for families and friends of someone who has passed away. The family members and friends come to the monastery and make offerings that support the monastic community. They receive puñña, merit from these offerings, and they dedicate that merit to the deceased, in whatever state of being he or she may have moved on to. In countries like Thailand, Sri Lanka, and for Buddhists who live in the West, there are certain occasions when family and friends come to make these offerings—some short period of time after...

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Latest Talk

Samvega and the Flailing Fish
Tan Kaccāna
August 26, 2016

Ajahn Thanissaro defines samvega as “the oppressive sense of shock, dismay, and alienation that come with realizing the futility and meaninglessness of life as it's normally lived...and an ...


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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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