On September 25, 2022 a lay teacher and dear friend of Abhayagiri, Cindy “Mettika” Hoffman passed away. Before the pandemic, the monks visited regularly to teach at Mettika’s Three Jewels Dhamma Hall in Fort Bragg. Mettika spent her final weeks at a care facility in the nearby town of Ukiah, which allowed the monastic community to visit her many times. Mettika’s life and her peacefulness during her final weeks were an inspiration to the Abhayagiri community. Mettika has left the Three Jewels property including its lovely Dhamma Hall to the Abhayagiri sangha allowing the possibility of a small branch monastery in Fort Bragg.
Senior monks from Abhayagiri will start visiting Three Jewels at the end of April to provide teachings and be available on some Monday nights starting May 1st. This will also sometimes include being available around the meal time on some Sundays and Mondays.
UPDATE: The Sunday and Monday events on May 28 and May 29 at Three Jewels have been cancelled due to Covid related concerns.
Monday evening programs at the Three Jewels Dhamma Hall:
Monday evenings that a senior monk will be available: May 1, 15 June 12, 26, July 10 and every Monday evening after July 10
5:30pm - Tea time in the main house - An opportunity for informal conversation and questions and answers with a monk and other practitioners
7pm - Evening Program in the Dhamma Hall - Thirty minutes of meditation, offering of Dhamma reflections and an opportunity for questions and comments
All are welcome to participate in the tea time or the evening program.
Meal offerings at Three Jewels
Meal offerings are at 11am in the main house. Please arrive between 10am and 11am if you wish to participate in the meal offering. This traditionally includes bringing a dish to be offered to the monastics and shared with others.
Sundays - April 30, June 11, 25, July 16 and every Sunday after July 16
Mondays - May 1, 15 June 12, 26, July 10 and every Monday after July 10
Ajahn Kassapo, Ajahn Thitapañño and Upāsika Kevin are planning to walk from Abhayagiri to Three Jewels at the end of June, arriving at Three Jewels by July 10. They are planning to be at Three Jewels through the vassa period of August, September and October.
If you have any questions about Three Jewels including these events at Three Jewels please use this Abhayagiri Contact page and clearly state in your message that you are asking about Three Jewels. You can also use this contact form to request to be added to the Three Jewels email list.
Directions to Three Jewels
Three Jewels is located at 31791 Johnson Lane, Fort Bragg, CA 95437. It is located on the north end of Fort Bragg. It lies east of Highway 1, which is named Main Street inside the town. The following directions assume that you are on Highway 1/Main Street.
Turn onto Pudding Creek Road, which is opposite a beach and trestle bridge on the ocean. You will be heading east (away from the ocean). Pudding Creek runs alongside the road on your right.
Proceed 2.2 miles, continuing past the stop sign at John Hyman Road.
Turn left (north) onto Petaluma Avenue. Take it easy! Though paved, tree roots have created unmarked speed bumps along this stretch. Be prepared to navigate them by changing lanes. Proceed about ¼ mile to the intersection with Johnson Lane.
Turn right (east) onto Johnson Lane. After a few hundred feet you will arrive at 31791 on the right (south) side marked with the sign shown in the banner at the top of this page.
Turn right into the driveway and park.
Walk down the path on the right (west) end of the building as you face it rather than through the gate. The entrance to the Meditation Hall is the righthand wing of the building, the end opposite from the garage.