2017 Monastic Thanksgiving Retreat
Led by Luang Por Pasanno and the Abhayagiri Community
November 17-26, 2017 at Angela Center, Santa Rosa, CA
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.
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 walking meditation, a work period, and daily
Dhamma talks and teachings.
retreat will be held from Friday
afternoon, November 17th, through mid-day Sunday, November 26, 2017,
in the Ursula Hall at the Angela Center in Santa Rosa, California.
The closest airports are Santa Rosa, Oakland and San Francisco, with
shuttles available to Santa Rosa. Because of the length of this
retreat and the adherence to the Eight Precepts, you must previously
have sat at least one five-day meditation retreat. Retreatants are
requested to attend the entire retreat, from the opening taking of
the Precepts on Friday evening to the closing ceremony on Sunday
facility is wheelchair accessible. We
are unable to accommodate special dietary or environmental needs.
We will eat a light breakfast and, in keeping with this monastic
tradition, the daily meal (vegetarian) is eaten before noon; there
is no evening meal or use of kitchen.
Incense and candles are used at the morning and evening chanting
retreat will be offered solely on dana
(freewill donations); there is no set fee.
Due to the popularity of this retreat, registration is via lottery and a deposit is required for registration. (For those who attend the retreat or are on the waiting list, or who cancel by October 25th, the deposit can be refunded upon request or it can be offered as a freewill donation to Abhayagiri Monastery. The deposit cannot be refunded to those who cancel after October 25th.) Out of respect for others, please register only when you can make a clear and wholehearted commitment to attend.
To register for the retreat print and fill out the pdf registration form and mail it along with the $100 deposit check to Cyndia Marcous, 72 Fernwood Drive, San Anselmo, CA 94960. There is no email registration this year.