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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

Skillful Effort
Thanissaro Bhikkhu

One of the Thai terms for meditating— tham khwaam phien—literally means “making an effort.” When I mention this to people here in the West, I often get some raised eyebrows. They’ve been taught that “efforting” is an enemy of meditation. And that’s because they’ve also been taught that there are only two ways of approaching the practice. The first way—the ignorant way—is to try very hard, exerting a strenuous effort, miserable and neurotic, with all your thoughts focused on a goal that keeps receding into the future. The more enlightened way is to re...

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Latest Talk

Lizard Mind
Ajahn Karuṇadhammo
May 25, 2015

Stubby the Fence Lizard owns the near end of Ajahn Karuṇadhammo's walking path. Stubby recently lost half his tail defending his territory from Ajahn Karuṇadhammo's efforts not to accidentally squ...


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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 - May

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