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-covid-19-precautions-update-august-26-2020

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.

The first evening Dhamma talk of the Winter Retreat was offered by Ajahn Ñāṇiko. Ajahn Ñāṇiko touched on subjects such as correct motivation, the Buddha’s life, and mindfulness. To access the audio file, please click the below link :
https://www.abhayagiri.org/talks/7506-imposition-or-dana

Videos of the Dhamma talks given thus far during 2021 can be accessed via this section of the Abhayagiri YouTube Channel :
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoNO26iBjavaj3okRp5PefnL-Ka7x64sU

New Teachings & Retreat Update

New Teachings & Retreat Update
Luang Por Pasanno Retreat Update

A friendly reminder that the last full day to register for the Awaken to the New Year - Online Meditation Retreat with Luang Por Pasanno is December 26th.

Please note that the retreat will only be available via Zoom to those who have registered. There will not be a Youtube Livestream. The proposed schedule, converted into California time from Malaysia/Singapore time can be found here.

To register please view the Abhayagiri News post about the retreat or skip directly to the registration page.

Luang Por Sumedho The Way It Is Audiobook

A new audiobook recording of Luang Por Sumedho’s classic book The Way It Is, read by Venerable Pesalo, is now available on the Abhayagiri Website and Youtube.

The Way It Is Audiobook - Abhayagiri Website
The Way It Is Audiobook - Youtube

The Dhamma talks that comprise Luang Por Sumedho’s classic collection of teachings were given, for the most part, in the 1980’s at Amaravati Buddhist Monastery in England. This audiobook was recorded, for the most part, during the Winter Retreat and Vassa Retreat of 2020 at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery in California.

Luang Por Pasanno Interviewed by Ajahn Mudito

A video interview of Luang Por Pasanno by Ajahn Mudito in Brazil from August of this year is available on Youtube.

In the description of the video on Youtube is a well indexed breakdown of the interview with timestamped links and descriptions of the questions, so that one may easily skip to questions of interest . The questions and answers are in both English and Portuguese. Please note that on the YouTube page you may need to click the “Show More” button to access the index of questions.

December 2020 Electronic Newsletter

December 2020 Electronic Newsletter

****The December edition of the Abhayagiri electronic newsletter is now available. The newsletter provides information from the monastery as well as highlighting various new items on the website.

To access it, please click on the below link.

https://mailchi.mp/abhayagiri/december2020

COVID-19 Precautions - Update August 26, 2020

COVID-19 Precautions - Update August 26, 2020

Abhayagiri is currently open for limited access to the general public. In addition to live streaming Abhayagiri’s evening pujas and Dhamma talks, it is possible for those who wish to visit Abhayagiri but the following health and safety guidelines must be followed.

  • Visitors may go into the Free Distribution Book Room and the Restrooms but should otherwise not enter any of the buildings. When there are visitors with offerings at meal time, then at 10:45am, a senior monk may chant a blessing at meal time in the shaded breezeway outside the Dhamma Hall. Visitors are welcome to walk around the cloister area and sit in the shaded breeze ways as long as they wear masks and maintain six foot social distancing.

  • No registration is required before visiting.

  • 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.

Mindfulness & Compassion Retreat - Dec. 19-20, Organized by Perfectly Here, Featuring Teachings by Ajahn Pasanno

Mindfulness & Compassion Retreat - Dec. 19-20, Organized by Perfectly Here, Featuring Teachings by Ajahn Pasanno

The non-profit organization Perfectly Here is holding an online retreat this upcoming weekend December 19-20. Ajahn Pasanno will be offering teachings on Day 2, December 20. Mindfulness & Compassion-Retreat: Cleanse the Negative Impacts of Covid 19 and Stressful Events Sat & Sun, Dec 19-20 – From 6:00 am to 4:00 pm (PST, US & Canada time) For more information, please see the below link. https://pe…

Upcoming Online Teachings

Upcoming Online Teachings

Tuesday, December 1 5pm - 6pm: First Tuesday Q&A Online, led by Luang Por Pasanno. This is offered on Zoom only. Zoom ID: 914 9862 6299 Passcode: 108 Saturday, December 5 1pm - 5pm: Online Upāsika Day This will be offered on Zoom and Abhayagiri’s YouTube livestream. The theme for this Online Upāsika Day is Kāyagatāsati, or Mindfulness of the Body. Zoom ID: 920 0658 7548 Passcode: ABM108## 1:00pm -…

Thanksgiving Retreat Is In Progress

Thanksgiving Retreat Is In Progress

The 2020 Thanksgiving Retreat is taking place from November 20-29 and is being live streamed. For those who did not register, but would still like to participate, we welcome you to join in via the Abhayagiri YouTube channel - https://www.youtube.com/c/AbhayagiriBuddhistMonastery. YouTube live stream times and full schedule are listed below: 5:00am Morning chanting & meditation 8:30am Dhamma reflec…

UPDATE on 11/17 : New Info on Registration - Awaken to the New Year - Online Meditation Retreat with Luang Por Pasanno

UPDATE on 11/17 : New Info on Registration - Awaken to the New Year - Online Meditation Retreat with Luang Por Pasanno

Updated 11/17/2020 - Please note this new information for participants in North America. For those in American time zones interested to register for the retreat, please note that you are only required to attend the morning and evening chanting, Dhamma talk, and guided meditation sessions. Due to the time difference from Malaysia and Singapore, the other Zoom sessions of the retreat are not require…

Meal Time Change & Technical Difficulties With Website

Meal Time Change & Technical Difficulties With Website

Two Announcements from Abhayagiri : Please note that due to the change from Daylight Savings Time to Standard Time on November 1st, the Abhayagiri mealtime is now 10:45 am. This new meal time will remain in effect through the fall and winter. Also, the website is currently experiencing technical difficulties. Until the problem is fixed, new talks will not be posted on the website. However, the lat…

Appreciation for Kathina 2020 at Abhayagiri

Appreciation for Kathina 2020 at Abhayagiri

For eight days in early October, the lay community gathered at Abhayagiri both in person and virtually to celebrate the completion of the Rains retreat. This carried on the Kathina tradition that has taken place since the time of the Buddha. During this period there were offerings of cloth, food, and supplies that will be useful for the coming year. Some of the offered cloth was then cut, sewn and…