Winter Retreat at Abhayagiri

Winter Retreat at Abhayagiri

The monastic community has begun its annual three month winter retreat. During this time, the resident community takes time to engage in more formal meditation practice following a changing schedule of group and individual practice.

During these three months there will not be any overnight guests accepted. For questions about the availability of overnight visits after the retreat please contact the monastery after March 31st.

Day visitors and those wishing to visit the monastery to participate in the meal offering or bring offerings of requisites at the meal time are still welcome. Please see this article for the current COVID-19 guidelines :
https://www.abhayagiri.org/news/337-current-guidelines-for-visiting-updated-december-23-2021

However, visitors should be aware that the community is practicing noble silence, and talking and conversations with the monastics and retreat crew are very limited.

For those interested in listening to or downloading Dhamma talks from the monastery website, we plan on posting new talks regularly throughout the retreat. Also, evening puja will be live streamed on Saturday nights and on the weekly Lunar Observance Day at 7pm. Please see the Abhayagiri YouTube channel for more information.

Appreciation for Kathina 2021 and New Galleries Posted

Appreciation for Kathina 2021 and New Galleries Posted

Abhayagiri held a multi-day Kathina event from November 2nd until Sunday, November 7th. Spreading the Kathina event over multiple days allowed us to accommodate a small outdoor gathering each day.

In addition to those who registered and attended, all were welcome to join each day via the YouTube livestream. The daily ceremonies included giving of the five precepts, paritta chanting and Dhamma talks.

A Kathina photo gallery has been posted along with a gallery collecting photos from many of this year’s events: https://www.abhayagiri.org/gallery

We would like to express appreciation to all who participated and made this year’s Kathina events a success.

Luang Por Liem Biography

Luang Por Liem Biography

A recently published biography of Luang Por Liem is now available in pdf format on the Abhayagiri website. The biography is in both Thai and English and contains many great historical images of Luang Pu Chah, Luang Por Liem, and the Wat Nong Pah Pong community. Here is an excerpt from the Foreword to the new book:

“To honour the auspicious occasion of the 80th birthday of Luang Por Liem Ṭhitadhammo (Phra Thepvajiranyan), a faithful group of disciples has arranged to print his biography. Luang Por Liem is a senior Buddhist monk presently ordained for 60 years in the Thai Forest Tradition of the late Ven. Ajahn Chah (or “Luang Pu Chah”) of Wat Nong Pah Pong in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand. This book covers the prominent chapters of Luang Por Liem’s life, beginning from his roots as a simple farmer in Northeast Thailand, to his quest for deeper knowledge and understanding of the Buddha’s teachings as a monk, his life in accordance with the monastic discipline, his meditation practice, the search for the guidance of a teacher, and finally his joining Wat Nong Pah Pong as a disciple of Luang Pu Chah. Presently Luang Por Liem serves as the abbot of Wat Nong Pah Pong himself, and teaches Dhamma all over the world. He has become a living example for countless people.

The content of this book is based on Luang Por Liem’s own accounts and the memories of his disciples — monks and laypeople — who have had the opportunity to meet him in all kinds of situations and circumstances in various places and countries.”

Current Guidelines for Visiting - Updated December 23, 2021

Current Guidelines for Visiting - Updated December 23, 2021

The general public is welcome to visit Abhayagiri for day visits. For information on the current health and safety guidelines please see below.

  • Day visitors are welcome to go into the Free Distribution Book Room, the Public Restrooms, and the main Dhamma Hall from after the meal blessing until 1:30pm.

  • The daily meal offering is at 10:45am. The monastic community will offer a meal blessing in the main Dhamma Hall. Day visitors are welcome to sit in the shaded breezeway just outside the Dhamma Hall. After the meal blessing, day visitors are allowed to use the Dhamma Hall for eating their meal and meditation practice until 1:30pm. However, we are still asking day visitors to not enter any of the other buildings.

  • Visitors are also welcome to walk around the cloister and the monastery trails and also to sit in any of the outside areas.

  • No registration is required before visiting for the day.

  • Offerings for Abhayagiri are welcome and should be left on the table outside the kitchen.

  • Visitors wishing to participate in evening puja and listen to evening Dhamma talks are welcome to sit outside the Dhamma Hall in chairs or on a cushion and mat.

    If you wish to stay overnight, please contact Abhayagiri on/after April 1st after the winter retreat period finishes.
    https://www.abhayagiri.org/contact/request-an-overnight-stay-or-ask-about-ordination

Last updated : December 23, 2021

Novice Ordination this Sunday

Novice Ordination this Sunday

This Sunday evening, as a part of the Lunar Observance, there will be a sāmaṇera ordination after evening chanting and meditation. Anagārika Scott will be taking on the brown robes of a samaṇa and the ten precepts of a novice monk. The event will be live streamed on the Abhayagiri YouTube channel, starting at 7pm; and we encourage all interested in seeing the ordination to view it online.

Abhayagiri Newsletter - Vassa 2021

Abhayagiri Newsletter - Vassa 2021

A new electronic newsletter is available via the following link : https://mailchi.mp/abhayagiri/abhayagiri-newsletter-vassa-2021

Meal Time is Now 10:45am

Meal Time is Now 10:45am

We would like to let everyone know that due to the change from Daylight Savings Time to Standard Time on November 7th the Abhayagiri mealtime is now 10:45 am. The general public is welcome to visit Abhayagiri for day visits. For information on the current health and safety guidelines please see below. Day visitors are welcome to go into the Free Distribution Book Room and the Public Restrooms. A b…

Kathina Livestreams Daily Beginning November 2nd

Kathina Livestreams Daily Beginning November 2nd

Abhayagiri will be holding a multi-day Kathina event starting November 2nd culminating with the official Kathina ceremony on Sunday, November 7th. All are welcome to join each day via the YouTube livestream beginning at 12:30pm Pacific Time (except beginning at 1pm on November 4th). The daily ceremony includes giving of the five precepts, paritta chanting and then a Dhamma talk. Registration is no…

Abhayagiri Kathina 2021

Abhayagiri Kathina 2021

Update : A live stream of the Kathina Ceremony on November 7th will be available via the Abhayagiri YouTube Channel. Please note that registration is now closed. If you have not registered, please visit outisde of the dates Nov. 2nd to Nov. 7th. If you have any questions about visiting from Nov. 2nd to Nov. 7th, please email retreatmanager.kathy@gmail.com We apologize that there is only limited sp…

Insight Santa Cruz Daylong Retreat

Insight Santa Cruz Daylong Retreat

Ajahn Ñāṇiko will be leading a daylong retreat hosted by Insight Santa Cruz on Saturday, October 2nd. Retreatants can attend via Zoom or by watching the livestream on the Abhayagiri YouTube page. The retreat will include chanting, sitting and walking meditation, and the monastic meal blessing. There will also be Dhamma reflection and question and answer session with Ajahn Ñāṇiko. The event listing…