Luang Por Sumedho to Offer Dhamma Talks at Abhayagiri

Luang Por Sumedho to Offer Dhamma Talks at Abhayagiri

Luang Por Sumedho will be offering three Dhamma talks at Abhayagiri during June. Each of these talks will be on a lunar observance day at 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time on June 7, 14 and 22. The talks will also be livestreamed on Abhayagiri’s YouTube channel.

All are welcome to attend this event. However, please note that there is not any overnight accommodation available at Abhayagiri until mid July.

For more information about Luang Por Sumedho please see below:

Luang Por Sumedho (Ajahn Sumedho) is the most senior western disciple of Ajahn Chah. He was born in Seattle, Washington in 1934. After serving four years in the US Navy as a medic, he completed a BA in Far Eastern Studies and an MA in South Asian Studies.

In 1966, he went to Thailand to practise meditation at Wat Mahathat in Bangkok. Not long afterwards, he went forth as a novice monk in Nong Khai, northeast Thailand and a year of solitary practice followed; he received full admission into the Sangha in 1967.

Although fruitful, the solitary practice showed him the need for a teacher who could more actively guide him. A fortuitous encounter with a visiting monk led him to Ubon province to practise with Venerable Ajahn Chah. He took dependence from Ajahn Chah and remained under his close guidance for ten years. In 1975, Luang Por Sumedho established Wat Pah Nanachat (International Forest Monastery) where Westerners could be trained in the English language.

In 1977, he accompanied Ajahn Chah to England and took up residence at the Hampstead Vihara with three other monks. Luang Por Sumedho went on to establish four monasteries in England and half a dozen branch monasteries around the world. The origins of Abhayagiri can be traced to Ajahn Sumedho’s visits to Northern California in the early 1980s.

Luang Por Sumedho has inducted more than a hundred aspirants of many nationalities into the samaṇa life. In 2010 he stepped back from his role as abbot of Amaravati Buddhist Monastery in England. Luang Por Sumedho continues to practice and share the Dhamma around the world.

Luang Por Sumedho’s teachings are freely available in various formats including audio files, livestreams, and books. To access Luang Por Sumedho’s teachings, please see the following websites :
https://amaravati.org/
https://www.abhayagiri.org/talks/teachers/63-ajahn-sumedho
https://forestsangha.org/teachings/

The Island : Resources and Translations Now Available

The Island : Resources and Translations Now Available

During their time as co-abbots of Abhayagiri, Ajahn Pasanno and Ajahn Amaro collaborated to publish The Island : An Anthology of the Buddha’s Teachings on Nibbāna. Many people have appreciated The Island and we would like to let people know about the following resources and translations that have become available since it was first published.

Translations
Spanish Translation
La Isla - Una antología de las enseñanzas del Buda sobre Nibbāna - https://www.abhayagiri.org/books/635-the-island

German Translation
Die Insel - Eine Anthologie der Lehren des Buddha über Nibbana - https://www.abhayagiri.org/books/648-die-insel

As for the original English translation, we still have many print copies available. In addition, the electronic version may be downloaded via this page on the books sections of the Abhayagiri website:

https://www.abhayagiri.org/books/451-the-island

Readings from the Island by Ajahn Amaro
During Amaravati’s Monastery 2017 Winter Retreat, Ajahn Amaro read passages from The Island. After reading from The Island, Ajahn Amaro also provided added details, explanations, and stories as well as answers to questions.

Those recordings can be found at this section of the Amaravati website:
https://amaravati.org/series/the-island/

Study Guide for The Island
This study guide was created by Christine Johnson. Christine led a group based in Tucson, Arizona through a course on The Island, using the study guide. The format for this course was that prior to meetings, participants were expected to read the appropriate chapter and then listen to Ajahn Amaro’s commentary (https://amaravati.org/series/the-island/). Thereafter, participants completed the study guide addressing points both from The Island and Ajahn Amaro’s audio commentary and then met together via Zoom.

The study guide can be downloaded via this link - The Island Study Guide

Current Guidelines for Visiting - Updated April 3, 2022

Current Guidelines for Visiting - Updated April 3, 2022

The general public is welcome to visit Abhayagiri for day visits.

  • The daily meal offering is at 11:00 am. The monastic community will offer a meal blessing in the main Dhamma Hall. Any food offerings can be left on the tables outside the kitchen, and the kitchen crew will prepare it for the meal as time allows. At this time, the kitchen is still unavailable for food prep and cooking, however guests are welcome to partake in the meal.

  • Evening puja is at 7pm on Saturday and the weekly Lunar Observance Day.

    If you wish to stay overnight, please contact Abhayagiri using the website contact form.
    https://www.abhayagiri.org/contact/request-an-overnight-stay-or-ask-about-ordination

Last updated : April 3, 2022

Schedule for Thai New Year (Songkran) Celebration on April 16th

Schedule for Thai New Year  (Songkran) Celebration on April 16th

On Saturday, April 16th Abhayagiri will be celebrating Thai New Year (Songkran). Please feel free to join us at Abhayagiri for this event. The schedule for the day is: 10am - Arrival time - Please aim to arrive by 10am. 11am - Offering the meal and meal blessing, followed by a ceremonial washing of Buddha Rupas 1pm - Gathering again for Songkran Ceremony Also, as per usual on Saturday evening ther…

Thai New Year's Celebration (Songkran) - April 16, 2022

Thai New Year's Celebration (Songkran) - April 16, 2022

Please join us at Abhayagiri Monastery in celebrating Thai New Year (Songkran) on Saturday, April 16, 2022. The meal offering will be around 10:45am, so please arrive earlier if you have food offerings for the meal. After the meal, the monks will gather for paritta chanting and the ceremonial washing of the Ajahns hands. Closer to the date, we will update this announcement if there is any further…

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 th…

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.

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 talk…

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 Ṭhitadhamm…

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