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Practice & Study Day on June 1st

There will be a Practice and Study on the theme of Mindfulness of Breathing on Saturday, June 1st at Abhayagiri. This day of practice commemorates the 28th Anniversary of Abhayagiri. There will also be reflections on the contemplation of death. The teachers are Luang Por Pasanno, Ajahn Karunadhammo and Ajahn Nyaniko. This event is freely offered for the general public and no registration is requir…

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Ajahn Jayasaro to Visit Abhayagiri

Ajahn Jayasaro will be arriving at Abhayagiri on April 24 and departing on April 29. On Saturday, April 27, Ajahn Jayasaro will be offering teachings both after the meal and in the evening time. Please note that on Friday, April 26, Ajahn Jayasaro will be having the meal at Three Jewels branch monastery in Fort Bragg. Ajahn Jayasaro (Shaun Michael Chiverton) was born on the Isle of Wight, England…

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Songkran and Upasampada on Sunday, April 14

On Sunday, April 14, the Abhayagiri community will be celebrating the traditional Thai New Year known as Songkran as well as an upasampada (bhikkhu ordination). Schedule: 10:30am - Arrival time - Please aim to arrive by 10:30am 11am - Offering the meal and meal blessing After meal clean-up there will be a traditional Songkran hand washing ceremony 2pm - Bhikkhu ordination of Sāmaṇera Hemako The bh…

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Desire on Its Own Terms

Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu

Most of us, when looking at the four noble truths, don’t realize that they’re all about desire. We’re taught that the Buddha gave only one role to desire—as the cause of suffering. Because he says to abandon the cause of suffering, it sounds like he’s denying any positive role to desire and its constructive companions: creativity, imagination, and hope. This perception, though, misses two important points. The first is that all four truths speak to the basic dynamic of desire on its own terms: perception of lack and limitation, the imagination of a solution, and a strategy for attaining it. Th…

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The Suffering That Leads to the End of Suffering

Ajahn Cunda

Ajahn Cunda offers reflections on working with desire and facing up to difficulties in the practice. This Dhamma talk was offered on May 18, 2024 at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery.

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