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Happenings at the Monastery
April 9, 2015

Our annual winter retreat during the months of January, February, and March recently came to a close and the community is slowly re-entering the pace of our normal daily schedule and routine. The retreat was a very beneficial time for us: a chance to move into more stillness and time for reflection – deepening our contemplative practice. The theme for teachings this year was the first three establishments of mindfulness: mindfulness of body, of feelings, and of mind itself (the fourth establishment of mindfulness, dhammas, was the entire retreat theme a few years ago). With readings and reflections from the senior monks n...

Ajahn Amaro to visit Abhayagiri
April 8, 2015

We are pleased to announce that Ajahn Amaro will be here for a brief visit in June. He will be in San Francisco in early June to attend a Mindfulness and Compassion Conference, and will come to stay at Abhayagiri from June 7 – June 10. On Tuesday June 9, we will have an ordination of novices and bhikkhus (see above article), and Ajahn Amaro will give the ordination reflections. On Wed. June 10, Ajahn Amaro will lead a meditation and offer a Dhamma talk from 4 pm to 6 pm at Yoga Mendocino in Ukiah – please see our website calendar for more information and the address. ...

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Latest Reflection

Settling the Mind
Ajahn Pasanno

What are we doing when we sit down and cultivate our meditation practice? The most important piece is bringing mindfulness, awareness, and attention back to a simple object. The mind loves its proliferations – the things it gets excited about, attracted to, wound up about. The mind’s tendency is to move toward complication, to be endlessly attracted to anything other than simplicity. So the first step in meditation is putting attention onto something simple: the sensations within the body or the physicality of being in the body. What is the feeling within the body? I...

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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 Week 1 pictures Week 2 pictures Week 3 pictures Week 4 pictures April Week 5 pictures Week 6 pictures ...

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