Save the Dates for Annual Retreat

Mark Your Calendar - The Annual Retreat is Scheduled for Dec. 4 - Dec. 13 Abhayagiri’s annual monastic retreat is scheduled for Fri. Dec. 4 – Sun. Dec. 13, 2020 at the Jesuit Retreat Center in Applegate, CA. Registration for this retreat will likely open sometime during the summer, usually in July or August. Due to Covid-19, and the uncertainty about what restrictions, if any, will be in existence…


Transitions at Abhayagiri

In 2018, Ajahn Karuṇadhammo began a two year commitment to be co-abbot with Ajahn Ñāṇiko, to help with the transition period after Luang Por Pasanno stepped back from being the abbot and began a one year sabbatical. Having just finished his two year commitment, Ajahn Karuṇadhammo will be going to the Pacific Hermitage for the vassa and Ajahn Ñāṇiko will be the sole abbot for the foreseeable future…


Precautions Due to COVID-19 - Updated May 3, 2020

Abhayagiri is considering how to continue to support the extended Abhayagiri community amid concerns and regulations regarding COVID-19. Please note that we have put the following precautions in place : The monks are not going on alms rounds. The Saturday night and Lunar Observance Day evening services are no longer available for the general public to participate in person. However, you may still…


Sāmaṇera Dhammavaro's Bhikkhu Ordination on Sunday, May 17

On Sunday, May 17 there will be the official ceremony for Sāmaṇera Dhammavaro to be accepted into the bhikkhu saṅgha. The ceremony will be at 2pm in the main Abhayagiri Dhamma hall. Due to precautions regarding COVID-19, it is not possible for the general public to attend in person. However, all are welcome to view the ceremony by going to this link.

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Skillful Desires

Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu

The notion of a skillful desire may sound strange, but a mature mind intuitively pursues the desires it sees as skillful and drops those it perceives as not. Basic in everyone is the desire for happiness. Every other desire is a strategy for attaining that happiness. You want an iPod, a sexual partner, or an experience of inner peace because you think it will make you happy. Because these secondary desires are strategies, they follow a pattern. They spring from an inchoate feeling of lack and limitation; they employ your powers of perception to identify the cause of the limitation; and they us…

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How to Live Without Fear and Worry

Ajahn Pasanno

This is the Dhamma talk and Q&A offered by Ajahn Pasanno from an online event organized by The Council of Thai Bhikkhus in U.S.A. The topic of discussion: How to Live Without Fear and Worry? Questions asked during Q&A: 1.) If mindfulness of breathing causes anxiety, do you recommend any other types…

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