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Winter Retreat Teachings Will Be Posted Regularly

Although the Abhayagiri monastic community is undergoing a period of retreat, the monastery is still regularly posting teachings online, including morning readings from the Winter Retreat. On most days during the retreat, a senior monastic will give a Dhamma reflection or reading before the meal. This year, video recordings of those sessions will be posted to the Abhayagiri YouTube channel at 5 AM…

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Stillness Flowing Audiobook Released

Dear Dhamma Companions, The Stillness Flowing Audiobook has finally been released. You may access it here. May this serve as a gift of Dhamma on the 29th anniversary of Luang Por Chah’s passing. Although the annual Wat Nong Pah Pong celebration of Luang Por Chah’s passing has been cancelled this year, we can use resources such as this to stay connected to the tradition, even though we aren’t able…

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Winter Retreat at Abhayagiri

The monastic community has begun its annual three month winter retreat. During this time, the resident community takes time to engage in more formal meditation practice following a changing schedule of group and individual practice. During these three months there will not be any overnight guests accepted. For questions about the availability of overnight visits after the retreat please contact th…

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Current COVID-19 Precautions

Abhayagiri is currently open for limited access to the general public. In addition to live streaming Abhayagiri’s evening pujas and Dhamma talks, it is possible for those who wish to visit Abhayagiri but the following health and safety guidelines must be followed. Visitors may go into the Free Distribution Book Room and the Restrooms but should otherwise not enter any of the buildings. When there…

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Women, Equal to Men

Mae Chee Kaew

Monks who are skilled in meditation are not biased by cultural conditioning. They have no doubt that women who observe the eight precepts and practice seriously can attain exceptionally high levels of meditation. In truth, women have a remarkable capacity for understanding Dhamma and can achieve deep levels of samādhi and develop extraordinary knowledge and wisdom. Many nuns and laywomen in Thailand surpass the monks in their accomplishments. For this reason, meditation masters generally hold female practitioners in high esteem, considering them equal to men in their spiritual potential. In t…

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Normal or Extraordinary

Ajahn Ñāniko

Ajahn Ñāṇiko reflects on the normal and the extraordinary using the Dhamma as a reference point. This talk was offered on February 27, 2021 at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery.

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