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 November 10, 2021

Current Guidelines for Visiting - Updated November 10, 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 and the Public Restrooms. A bit after 10:45am, there will be a blessing by the monastic community in the main Dhamma Hall. Day visitors are welcome to sit in the shaded breezeway just outside the Dhamma Hall. Visitors are also welcome to walk around the cloister and the monastery trails and also to sit in any of the outside areas. Day visitors are not allowed to enter inside any of the other buildings.

  • 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 in advance using the below page. However, please note that there may not be availability for overnight stays until April.
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Last updated : November 10, 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 bit after 10:45am, there will be a blessing by the monastic community in the main Dhamma Hall. Day visitors are welcome to sit in the shaded breezeway just outside the Dhamma Hall. Visitors are also welcome to walk around the cloister and the monastery trails and also to sit in any of the outside areas. Day visitors are not allowed to enter inside any of the other buildings.

  • 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.

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

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Insight Santa Cruz Daylong Retreat

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Registration Now Open for the Thanksgiving Retreat

Registration Now Open for the Thanksgiving Retreat

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Thanksgiving Retreat 2021

Thanksgiving Retreat 2021

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Summer Update from Abhayagiri

Summer Update from Abhayagiri

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