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Thanksgiving Monastic Retreat Registration Open
July 21, 2014

Abhayagiri Monastery in Redwood Valley, California and the Sanghapala Foundation invite you to join Luang Por Pasanno and the Abhayagiri Community for a 10-day retreat over the Thanksgiving holiday. We will create a monastery environment during our time together, and we offer you this opportunity to explore the Dhamma in a setting that differs somewhat from a typical meditation retreat. We will all live the monastery life, following the Eight Precepts, taking only what is offered, and attempting to reflect on our every activity as part of our practice. This will include noble silence, morning and evening chanting, sitting and walkin...

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Latest Reflection

The Island That You Cannot Go Beyond
Ajahn Sumedho

(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 ...

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Latest Talk

The Protectors of the World
Ajahn Pasanno
July 19, 2014

Ajahn Pasanno explains the value of the Buddha's frequent “apophatic” method of teaching – using negative qualities to build a foundation for wholesome action. In this context, Luang Por exp...


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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 ...

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