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…


Appreciation for Kathina 2021 and New Galleries Posted

Abhayagiri held a multi-day Kathina event from November 2nd until Sunday, November 7th. Spreading the Kathina event over multiple days allowed us to accommodate a small outdoor gathering each day. In addition to those who registered and attended, all were welcome to join each day via the YouTube livestream. The daily ceremonies included giving of the five precepts, paritta chanting and Dhamma talk…


Luang Por Liem Biography

A recently published biography of Luang Por Liem is now available in pdf format on the Abhayagiri website. The biography is in both Thai and English and contains many great historical images of Luang Pu Chah, Luang Por Liem, and the Wat Nong Pah Pong community. Here is an excerpt from the Foreword to the new book: “To honour the auspicious occasion of the 80th birthday of Luang Por Liem Ṭhitadhamm…


Current Guidelines for Visiting - Updated December 23, 2021

The general public is welcome to visit Abhayagiri for day visits. For information on the current health and safety guidelines please see below. Day visitors are welcome to go into the Free Distribution Book Room, the Public Restrooms, and the main Dhamma Hall from after the meal blessing until 1:30pm. The daily meal offering is at 10:45am. The monastic community will offer a meal blessing in the m…

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Letting Go Within Action

Ajahn Jayasaro

One of Luang Por Chah’s most well-known teachings is that of letting go. And one of the key phrases that he used to explain what letting go means, and how it is to be developed, is that we should let go ‘within action’. This immediately reminds us that letting go is not a refraining from action, not passivity, but that the letting go takes place within the action itself. As monks and nuns in this Thai Forest Tradition, we may sometimes find ourselves accused of attachment to the Vinaya, attachment to a discipline. This is a difficult accusation to refute. If someone says you are attached to th…

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Ignorance and Craving

Ajahn Ñāniko

Ajahn Ñāṇiko discusses ways to deal with desire and dissatisfaction. This talk was offered on December 25, 2021 at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery.

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