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July 23 Joint Birthday Celebration for Luang Por Sumedho and Luang Por Pasanno

--Live Stream-- You can watch the live stream here: https://youtu.be/YsiewdqCjXg  --Schedule update-- We invite you to join us on Sunday, July 23 for a joint birthday celebration for Luang Por Sumedho and Luang Por Pasanno. This will be Luang Por Sumedho's 83rd year of life and his 51st rains retreat as a bhikkhu (fully ordained monk). The schedule for the day will be as follows:Sunday, July 23: ~10 a.m. Luang Por Sumedho to receive visitors informally in the Dhamma Hall 11 a.m. Meal Offering   People are welcome to bring a dish to share.     - Luang Por Sumehdo will rest after the meal 2 p.m. Chanting and meditation 3 p.m. Luang Por ...
Posted on July 19, 2017

2017 Abhayagiri Thanksgiving Retreat Registration

2017 Monastic Thanksgiving Retreat Led by Luang Por Pasanno and the Abhayagiri Community November 17-26, 2017 at Angela Center, Santa Rosa, CA Abhayagiri Monastery in Redwood Valley, California and the Sanghapala Foundation invite you to join Luang Por Pasanno and the Abhayagiri Community for a 10-day retreat over the Thanksgiving holiday. We will create a monastery environment during our time together, and we offer you this opportunity to explore the Dhamma in a setting that differs somewhat from a typical meditation retreat. We will all live the monastery life, following the Eight Precepts, taking only what is offered, and attempting to reflect on our every activity as part of our practice. This will include noble silence, morning and...
Posted on July 1, 2017

July 15 Benefit for the Mindfulness Care Center in SF

Ajahn Pasanno and the Abhayagiri Community will lead a benefit day for the Mindfulness Care Center in San Francisco on Saturday, July 15 from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. The morning will consist of sitting and walking practice with a Dharma reflection. There will be a meal offering to the monastics at 11:00 am. In the afternoon Ajahn Pasanno will tell stories from his early years training under his teacher Ajahn Chah in Thailand. All contributions for the day will benefit the Mindfulness Care Center, a 501(3)(c) Nonprofit. The MCC/Mindfulness Care Center exists through acts of generosity. The MCC's main benefactor Muriel Wanderer recently passed. The Mindfulness Care Center's programs, workshops an...
Posted on June 21, 2017

NEW - Sunday Afternoon Dhamma Talks

Starting Sunday, June 11, the regular weekend Dhamma talk will move to Sunday afternoon. The program will begin at 2 pm with chanting followed by meditation. After a short break, one of the senior monks will give a Dhamma talk. There will be no evening puja Sunday night. We have yet to decide what will happen when the lunar observance day falls on Sunday. Evening puja will begin at 7 pm on Saturday nights with no Dhamma talk. If Saturday is a lunar observance day, we'll follow the usual program starting at 7:30 pm. We're making this change because we think that more people will be able to come on Sunday afternoon than on Saturday night. Now that Abhayagiri has a larger, climate-controlled Dhamma Hall that will remain cool during summer af...
Posted on June 20, 2017

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Feelings of Pain 1
Thanissaro Bhikkhu

This morning there was a request for techniques on how to deal with physical pain while you meditate. There are four steps in dealing with pain. The first is preventative. When you sit down to meditate, you probably know by now where pains tend to appear. Try to let the breath energy flow into that area even before the pain comes. Remember, however, that sometimes pain in one part of the body is caused by a lack of circulation in another part of the body. For instance, a pain in your knee may actually come from a lack of circulation in the middle of your back or in your face. When that’s the...

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Patient Knowing of Dukkha
Ajahn Pasanno
July 9, 2017

Ajahn Pasanno discusses the Buddha's first teaching, the Four Noble Truths as a template to understand the habits of the mind.  He asks, "What is the appropriate response to the ordinary experien...


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Reception Hall Construction Updates

Pictures from Reception Hall - Season 4 - Construction
November 23, 2015

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, March 14th, we called for an inspection of the Reception Hall building. The county inspector passed the building and gave us a temporary occupancy permit. This permit allows us to start using the building immediately. There are still a few days worth of cabinetry, tiling, and carpentry work, as well as the elevator to be approved. Hopefully, this will be completed within the next couple of weeks. Once the community ends our winter retreat we will move into the building and start using it. We still have a significant amount of work to do with regard to landscaping: this wor...

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