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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

Being Comfortable Is Not the End of Suffering
Ajahn Pasanno

There’s an element of the human psyche that is constantly looking for comfort, security, and ease. We can sometimes believe that the end of suffering is when we bring about the circumstances in which we don’t have to extend ourselves or put forth too much effort. But even when we’ve managed to manipulate conditions in a way that allows us to feel relatively comfortable and laid back, we inevitably realize that we are still suffering.That’s why, as practitioners, we need to be willing to stretch our capabilities and constantly look for ways that help us to do that. Whether we’re on re...

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Latest Talk

Equanimity with Life's Difficulties
Ajahn Karuṇadhammo
June 4, 2017

Ajahn Karunadhammo describes two kinds of equanimity:  that which comes from deep concentration, and that which is associated with difficult or painful experiences in the world. He discusses some...


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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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