Thanksgiving Retreat 2021

We invite you to join Luang Por Pasanno, Ajahn Karunadhammo, Ajahn Nyaniko and the Abhayagiri Community for our annual Thanksgiving Retreat. The Thanksgiving Retreat will be offered live online via Zoom from Friday November 19th to Sunday November 28th. The retreat will offer a schedule that includes Puja, Dhamma Teachings, Q&A sessions along with sitting and walking meditation. Qi gong will be of…


Summer Update from Abhayagiri

As the summer rolls on and the vassa (traditional rains retreat) has already begun, we enter another monastic year. The now normal, but currently distant, California fires and their ensuing smoke make a subtle encroachment upon the mind at ease in the beauty of the valley. Heat waves of the summer and droplets of sweat remind us not to take refuge in any comfortable conditions. The global pandemic…


Dr Marc F Lieberman -- July 7, 1949 - August 2, 2021

In September 1987, a group of six individuals gathered to discuss the possibility of inviting monastics from the Luang Por Chah/Luang Por Sumedho tradition to come to California to begin the first Monastery of that tradition here in the USA. Dr Marc was a large part of the success of the endeavor which led to the 1996 establishment of Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery. A very warm and generous hearted…

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The Influence of Romanticism

Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu

Many Westerners, when new to Buddhism, are struck by the uncanny familiarity of what seems to be its central concepts: interconnectedness, wholeness, spontaneity, ego-transcendence, non-judgmentalism, and integration of the personality. They tend not to realize that the concepts sound familiar because they are familiar. To a large extent, they come not from the Buddha’s teachings but from their hidden roots in Western culture: the thought of the early German Romantics. If the influence of early Romanticism on modern Buddhism went no further than a few isolated concepts, it would not be much of…

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The Way of Not Suffering

Ajahn Ñāniko

Ajahn Ñāṇiko reflects on gladness and not craving as key parts of practice. This talk was offered on August 31, 2021 at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery.

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