New Web Albums
July 28, 2014
7 new web albums have just been added to our Abhayagiri photo gallery (http://www.abhayagiri.org/gallery). These feature photos of Luang Por Sumedho's arrival, duration, and leaving Abhayagiri as well as photos from JR's Samanera Ordination and the Opening Ceremony of The Portland Friend's of the Dhamma's New Center. Please enjoy and be inspired to practice.
The Island That You Cannot Go Beyond
(Editor's Note: In honor of Luang Por Sumedho's 80th birthday on July 27th and his recent visit to Abhayagiri, we will be posting a series of Luang Por Sumedho reflections.) A difﬁculty with the word Nibbana is that its meaning is beyond the power of words to describe. It is, essentially, undeﬁnable. Another difﬁculty is that many Buddhists see Nibbana as something unobtainable—as so high and so remote that we’re not worthy enough to try for it. Or we see Nibbana as a goal, as an unknown, undeﬁned something that we should somehow try to attain.Most of us are conditioned in ...
Reception Hall Construction Updates
Reception Hall Phase 1 Completed -- Phase 2 on Hold
January 4, 2014
In mid July of 2013 we began phase 1 of construction to the new Reception Hall. Ideally, starting construction work in April is preferred; starting in July was a bit risky as we feared early fall rains would cause delays and create a messy work environment. Our contractor assured us he could get the job done, so we proceeded. Little did we know rain was not going to be a problem. All of this work was completed on time, the work was well done and it all came in at, or under, budget. Here is a brief list of all the items we completed in phase 1. structural foundations retaining walls ...