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Weekly Sunday Program Moved to Saturday Evening & Other Schedule Changes

Beginning on Saturday December 15th, the monastery’s weekly Dhamma Talk and Puja, usually held at 2 pm Sunday afternoon, will be moved back to 7 pm Saturday evening. The monastery hopes that returning the weekly program to its original Saturday evening slot will prove more convenient for those hoping to join the community for the regular teachings, meditation, and chanting. Additionally, the other weekly evening program held on lunar observance days will be moved from 7:30 to 7:00 pm starting on Saturday December 15th, helping those travelling from far away return home earlier and simplifying the monastery’s schedule by ensuring that all such gatherings take place at a uniform time. Please consult our calendar f...
Posted December 3, 2018

Autumn at Abhayagiri

Late October found the smoke that thickened Abhayagiri’s sky in August gone for clear autumn air, the three deer that usually roam the monastery’s garden replaced by hundreds of families visiting from the city. With the three-months annual Rains Retreat finished, the community’s wider family drew together on October 28th to celebrate the Kaṭhina ceremony. One monk explained: “In traditional times, the three months of the monsoon season was a time for the early monastic communities to settle in one place. Anyone who has lived with a group of people knows that communal harmony doesn’t come easily. Diverse people spending time together in close quarters for a long period in harmony is a difficult and rare thing to find. The Kaṭ...
Posted December 3, 2018

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Latest Reflection

The Paradox of Urgency
Ajahn Pasanno
December 11, 2018

We may feel there exists a paradox or inconsistency having to do with some of the teachings that guide our spiritual practice and how we conduct our daily lives. First we’re told it’s important to have a sense of urgency, and then we’re told to relax, let go, and cultivate a feeling of spaciousness. On one side, the Buddha encourages us to cultivate the quality of saṃvega, which is usually translated as a sense of spiritual urgency. It’s the recognition that life is short and everything is uncertain, so we need to take this practice seriously. We urgently need to apply our attention ...

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Adaptation and Authenticity
Ajahn Amaro
December 9, 2018

Ajahn Amaro reflects on the topic of “Buddhism and Mindfulness in the West: Where are They Headed and What Challenges Do They Face?” He discusses the Buddha’s pragmatism in the process of setting up the structure of the monastic form and the tools necessary to undergo transformation and be relevant to people’s lives. He discusses the explosion of interested inot meditation after the many documented benefits of meditation on depression and other illnesses. Further he discusses the benefits and relevance of the monastic form and sila in the potential of the monastic form....

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