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 can be found here: https://www.insightsantacruz.org/events/daylong-with-the-abhayagiri-monks/

Schedule
9:00am Introduction
9:15am Pay respects to Buddha Dhamma Sangha, short chanting, taking of 5 precepts.
9:30am Guided sitting meditation.
10:15am Walking meditation.
10:45am Sitting meditation.
11:00am Explanation of meal offering.
11:05am Sangha chants blessing for meal.
Meal Time
12:30pm Sitting meditation.
1:00pm 10 minute break.
1:10pm Dhamma Talk.
2:00pm Walking meditation.
2:30pm Q&A.
3:30pm Sitting meditation.
4:00pm Closing chant.

Zoom Information
Meeting ID: 893 3378 5001
Passcode: 192704
Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89333785001?pwd=K2hCTlpGRGp2OVpHaWFHdjRYRXdsZz09
Or attend by calling: +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

YouTube Livestream
Abhayagiri YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/AbhayagiriBuddhistMonastery/

Registration Now Open for the Thanksgiving Retreat

Registration Now Open for the Thanksgiving Retreat

Registration is now open for the Abhayagiri Thanksgiving Retreat via the below link :
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/abhayagiri-2021-online-thanksgiving-retreat-tickets-175048925047

After you submit your registration you should receive a confirmation email. If you do not, contact the retreat manager - retreatmanager.kathy@gmail.com

For more information about the retreat, please see the below information.

Abhayagiri Thanksgiving Retreat

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 offered.

After submitting your registration you should receive a confirmation email. Retreat details including Zoom access information will be sent to you closer to the retreat.

  • There is no registration deposit. If you cannot attend the retreat please cancel right away.
  • We ask that if you register you make a commitment to fully participate in the retreat.
  • We encourage all those who wish to participate to register as early as possible once registration opens.

To support those attending in various time zones, all sessions will be recorded and available throughout the retreat. We look forward to spending this time of retreat practice together with participants from around the world.

Summer Update from Abhayagiri

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 changes and morphs and further complicates making much of any planning or musings of the futures.

There are these roots of trees and empty huts.
Meditate Bhikkhus, do not be negligent,
do not be one who later falls into regret.

-The Buddha

The traditional rain’s retreat is the time of year when Sangha members determine to stay in one location, normally a monastery. The vassa is also a time for monastics to increase their diligence in areas of their practice that they may wish to improve. These may include strengthening one’s efforts with formal meditation, increasing a devotion to wakefulness, studying the suttas more fully, memorizing useful chanting and reflections and honing one’s skills with creating and maintaining our cloth and shelter requisites.

We are also engaging in the formal study of our rules of conduct, holding classes together to expand our knowledge of the 227 precepts and how we can properly implement them in our monastic lives.

Please note, when we hold these classes, we will not livestream our evening pujas. The dates of the remaining classes are on August 18, 19, 25, 27, September 16, 17, 23, 24, 27, and October 1, 3, 8, 9, 12, and 17.

Anagārika Nick will have his sāmaṇera pabbajjā on Saturday, August 21, ordaining as a sāmaṇera (novice monk). This will begin at 7:00pm.

Also on August 21, Luang Por Pasanno will hold a virtual Spirit Rock Half-Daylong from 1:00pm – 5:00pm titled: Thinking is Not the Enemy. This afternoon will include guided meditation, a Dhamma talk on this topic, and a Question and Answer period. Please go to the Spirit Rock website at this link to register for this online Zoom teaching.
https://spirit-rock.secure.retreat.guru/program/thinking-isnt-the-enemy-ap1g21/

During the vassa we will continue to hold our regular Dhamma talks on Saturday nights and the Lunar Observance nights, live streamed on YouTube. As live stream viewers may have noticed, the community is having many of the morning and evening pujas up on the mountain at the ordination platform, taking advantage of the warmer weather to practice outdoors.

Due to the pandemic, we are now meeting virtually for the First Tuesday of the Month. This will now take the form of a Virtual Tea Time Q&A with a senior monk via Zoom : 5pm - 6:30pm. The Zoom meeting ID and password will be made available on our calendar closer to the time of the event. If you would like to be notified of this event and its Zoom information via email (along with some other announcements), please see this article or to directly sign up to receive these notices please click on this link :
https://groups.io/g/AbhayaParisa/join

Kathina this year will be held on Sunday, November 7. If all goes according to plan, both Luang Por Pasanno and Ajahn Amaro will be in attendance. More information regarding attendance and registration is planned to be available later this summer.

As for our current work projects, we have taken a break from new construction this year and have been focusing on fire mitigation in the forest, investing many hours of work to reduce the risk of forest fires damaging the monastery. This year we are also finishing up the walking paths and the toilet block for the Quadplex accommodation block and the Parami kuti (hut).

This vassa saw several familiar faces depart from the monastery: Tan Pesalo (now at Temple Monastery), Tan Kondañño currently living in Tennessee, Tan Rakkhito and Tan Cittapālo (now at Wat Pah Nanachat in Thailand). Ajahn Cunda now rejoins the community after looking after the Pacific Hermitage for eight months. Also, Tan Khema, originally from Tisarana Monastery, has joined the community. On Ajahn Chah’s birthday, June 17th, Sāmaṇera Yasa was accepted into the Bhikkhu Sangha and is now known as Tan Yasa.

Current Guidelines for Visiting - Updated June 25, 2021

Current Guidelines for Visiting - Updated June 25, 2021

Abhayagiri is open to the general public for day visits, but we ask that day visitors please follow the below health and safety guidelines. If you wish to stay overnight, please contact Abhayagiri in advance using this page :
https://www.abhayagiri.org/contact/request-an-overnight-stay-or-ask-about-ordination

Guidelines for Day Visitors :

  • Visitors may go into the Free Distribution Book Room and the Public Restrooms but otherwise please do not enter the buildings. When there are visitors at meal time, then around 11am, there will be a blessing by the monastic community in the main Dhamma Hall. Visitors may sit in the shaded breezeway just outside the Dhamma Hall. Visitors are 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 may sit outside the Dhamma Hall in chairs or on a cushion and mat.

Last updated : June 25, 2021

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