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Reception Hall Update from the Sanghapala Foundation Board President to the Abhayagiri Lay Community
April 27, 2015

One warm day in June nineteen years ago, Ajahn Amaro and Anagarika Tom (now Ajahn Karunadhammo) established Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery in Redwood Valley, CA. Luang Por Pasanno arrived about six months later. The original infrastructure consisted of a small two bedroom house and a garage, which was converted to the current Dhamma hall. For several years now, it has been apparent that we have outgrown these original structures.I had the good fortune to join the community early on. My relatively short time as a member of the resident community taught me a great deal about the teachings of the Buddha and myself. I will be forever grateful. Thi...

Community Work Days
April 26, 2015

If you are looking for a way to support the Abhayagiri community and want to connect to the residents in a working environment, then you are welcome to come join us for some afternoon work projects. The next scheduled community work days are May 16 and June 13. The work period will start with a work meeting at 1 pm and the work will probably end by 4:30 pm. You are welcome to come join us for the 11:00 AM meal and stay for tea at 4:30 pm and evening puja at 7:30 pm followed by a Dhamma talk. On May 16 we hope to complete some trail maintenance, including improving steps and trimming and clearing brush. This project will include task...

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Latest Reflection

Lesson from Mom
Ajahn Jotipālo

The then Samenera Karunadhammo, after the meal, kindly gave me a fifteen minute tutorial on how to use the sewing machine. He set me up with some cloth, a pattern, and taught me how to sew a “flat felled seam”. Four hours later when people returned for evening tea, I had completed a monastic jacket and was surprised when several people were surprised the jacket was complete. “I thought you had never used a sewing machine before? How did you sew that so quickly?”It seemed an odd question as, at the time, it didn't seem like it was quick or slow; it just was what it...

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Latest Talk

Contentment and Gratitude
Ajahn Sudanto
April 25, 2015

Ajahn Sudanto contemplates the habitual nature of the mind to obsess over the way things aren't, and teaches how nurturing contentment and gratitude can lead to a more skillful way to be with the...


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Reception Hall Construction Updates

Pictures from Reception Hall Phase 2 Construction
March 16, 2015

The phase 2 construction of Abhayagiri's new Reception Hall has begun on Monday March 2, 2015. This second stage is construction of the framing, roof and exterior surfaces, which will seal the building from weather, and installing windows and doors. We will update the construction pictures on a regular basis. Please click the links below to view the pictures from phase 2 Construction: March - AprilWeek 1-6 picturesAprilWeek 7-8 picturesApril - MayWeek 9 pictures...

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