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Luang Por Pasanno 70th Birthday Celebration

Abhayagiri will celebrate Luang Por Pasanno’s 70th birthday on Saturday, July 27th and this will also be an opportunity to welcome him back after his year away. With his return from this sabbatical, he will be taking on his new role as Guiding Elder at Abhayagiri, leaving the abbot duties to co-abbots Ajahn Karunadhammo and Ajahn Nyaniko. Please arrive for the meal offering by 10:30 am. There will be an opportunity to gather with Luang Por after the meal, and also likely a Dhamma reflection from him at evening puja at 7pm.
Posted June 12, 2019

Tudong North : Three Monks Set Out Wandering

Around 1:30pm on June 9, 2019 , Ajahn Sek, Ajahn Ñāniko and Tan Tissaro set off on foot, walking north from Abhayagiri for a tudong (traditional wandering pilgrimmage) planned to last roughly three weeks. Such a traditional pilgrimmage provides an opportunity for the monks to face the uncertainty of not knowing what or even if they will eat and not knowing where they will sleep, as well as the opportunity to engage with people who would not normally visit the monastery.
Posted June 9, 2019

A Majjhima in Thailand

After completing five years of monastic training as a monk under the supervision of one’s home monastery, a monk is thereafter referred to as a majjhima “middle”, denoting the period when one has at least five vassa but less than ten. Majjhima monks will often take the opportunity to practice in other environments. In 2014, after his fifth Rains Retreat as a monk, Tan Kovilo asked permission from Luang Por Pasanno to explore life and training in Thailand. On the plane to Thailand, Tan Kovilo aspired to three goals for his time in Thailand: become fluent in the Thai language, take the opportunity to serve as an attendant to respected senior monks, and make a point to try to be of service to Ajahn Kevali (abbot of Wat Nanachat), Ajahn ...
Posted May 30, 2019

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The Stuff We Fear
Ajahn Jitindriya
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It’s the same with the stuff we find within, the stuff that we fear – the big ‘monsters’ and the ghastly things we can’t bear to face or think of. Those kind of things actually feed off our resistance and denial. Yet, if we can give them space, we can see…‘Oh, just feelings; perceptions…just that much’ – not in denial or rejection but in a full acceptance and opening to just what is. The intensity caused by the struggle then fades out – the energy that was trapped there is released, unbound, freed. And that’s quite a relief to see and know! It’s as if we bec...

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Ajahn Karuṇadhammo
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