Online Thanksgiving Retreat - Registration Open - Daily Schedule

Online Thanksgiving Retreat - Registration Open - Daily Schedule

Dear Abhayagiri Community,

This year’s Thanksgiving Retreat will be held from November 20-29 online via Zoom and YouTube livestream.

Registration is still open - Ends November 9th
Here is what registering entails:

  • Those registered will be asked to commit to the entire retreat.
  • If you register, you will receive a Zoom login ID and password via email a few days before the retreat opens.
  • There will be no registration fee, but we will want to know if you cancel, so we can open up a spot for someone else.
  • Those registered will have the opportunity to participate in daily Q&A with the senior members of the community.
  • Registration will be capped at 275 participants. We encourage you to register early as the retreat might fill up quickly.

Register here: https://kcdw.wufoo.com/forms/z1gny4yg064s0tb/

The daily schedule can be found here.

If you don’t make the registration, you may still join the retreat via Abhayagiri’s YouTube livestream. All of the morning and evening pujas, talks, and question and answers sessions will be available via Abhayagiri’s YouTube livestream.
We hope you will consider joining us for this unique and worldwide event!

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 dyed by the monastic community that same day to make a robe to offer to a member of the monastic Sangha. This year, Ajahn Ñāṇiko, the abbot of Abhayagiri was chosen to receive the Kathina robe.

Kathina celebrations this year were spread out over eight days for health and safety reasons and to comply with current county guidelines. Abhayagiri would like to express appreciation for all the cooperation, helpfulness, support, and generosity that helped make this year’s eight days of Kathina a success.

Please see the below photo gallery for images of the Kathina robe sewing process.
https://www.abhayagiri.org/gallery/233-2020-kathina

Anumodana.

Online Dhamma Talks Given by Luang Por Pasanno, Ajahn Amaro and Bhikkhu Bodhi

Online Dhamma Talks Given by Luang Por Pasanno, Ajahn Amaro and Bhikkhu Bodhi

Dharma College is hosting a series of online Wisdom talks with Luang Por Pasanno, Ajahn Amaro and Bhikkhu Bodhi.

First talk:
Living with Wisdom in our Daily Life and how to distinguish between mind and wisdom? Venerable Ajahn Amaro (October 17th, Saturday 10 am-12 pm).

Second talk:
Deconstructing Our Human Experience from a Buddhist Perspective: A Pathway to Liberation and Inner Freedom (November 14th, 9:30 am-11 am) Venerable Ajahn Pasanno

Third talk: From Abhidhamma Perspective: An Understanding of Mind Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi
January (8th, 9th, 10th)

One can register for these talks here:
https://dharma-college.corsizio.com/c/5f73b6a75b4ad2187f6e21a3

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 11am, a senior monk will 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.

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