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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

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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