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Vinaya Classes Begin, Modified Schedule for Evening Puja Live Streams

During the 3-month vassa period (July, August, September), the monastic community of Abhayagiri will be studying the bhikkhus rules and protocols (Vinaya). There will be classes about twice per week. Because of these classes, we will not have evening puja on the following dates: July: 8, 10, 15, 16, 22, 24, 30, 31 August: 6, 9, 14, 16, 20, 24, 28, 30 September: 4, 8, 13, 14, 20, 23, 27, 29 These d…

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Conversation with Ajahn Jayasaro on June 13th

At 9am PDT (Pacific Time) on June 13, Ajahn Jayasaro will be doing a virtual question and answer session with the Buddhist Community at Stanford (BCAS). The general public is welcome to view this event. The schedule for the event is : 8:30 - 9:00 AM PDT Group meditation (without Ajahn Jayasaro) 9:00 - 10:00 AM Ajahn Jayasaro Q&A with the Buddhist Commmunity at Stanford For more information, please…

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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…

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Reflections

Happy to Stay at Home

Ajahn Yatiko

One of the most important things for us to be doing here—as either monastics or as visiting laypeople living like monastics— is to develop our formal meditation practice. A key to this is learning how to delight in meditation—the freedom that comes from simply sitting, not becoming anything, resting in a state of mind that is able to put things down. Yesterday I was reflecting on the word concentration, which is the most common translation for samādhi. I think that’s a poor translation because concentration has a strong sense of coercing the mind, forcing it to be a certain way. My understandi…

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A Foundation of Noble Truths

Ajahn Pasanno

Ajahn Pasanno reflects on the necessity of applying the Four Noble Truths to one’s experience in order to avoid getting lost in a cul de sac of philosophical proliferation. This reflection was offered July 4, 2020 at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery.

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