Vinaya Classes Begin, Modified Schedule for Evening Puja Live Streams

Vinaya Classes Begin,  Modified Schedule for Evening Puja Live Streams

During the 3-month vassa period (July, August, September), the monastic community of Abhayagiri will be studying the bhikkhus rules and protocols (Vinaya). There will be classes about twice per week. Because of these classes, we will not have evening puja on the following dates:

                            July: 8, 10, 15, 16, 22, 24, 30, 31
                            August: 6, 9, 14, 16, 20, 24, 28, 30
                            September: 4, 8, 13, 14, 20, 23, 27, 29

These dates may change, so please check the calendar on the website for the correct schedule.
https://abhayagiri.org/calendar

New Audio Book, Retreat Readings & Photo Gallery

New Audio Book, Retreat Readings & Photo Gallery

Audio Available from Indian Pilgrimage

Ajahn Sucitto and Nick Scott spent six months retracing the Buddha’s footsteps through India. Their two books chronicling the pilgrimage are already on the Abhayagiri website in various formats :

Rude Awakenings - Part I - https://www.abhayagiri.org/books/460-rude-awakenings
Great Patient One - Part II - https://www.abhayagiri.org/books/461-great-patient-one

As an offering during this time of the COVID-19 virus, Ajahn Sucitto and Nick Scott are publishing a free weekly podcast with the audio of these books. The podcast is titled “Where Are You Going” and plans to publish one chapter per week. The books constitute 28 chapters, so the podcast will last for more than 6 months. Each audio chapter will have the map, notes and any photos for that chapter attached to it, so that they can be opened by the listener.

Where Are You Going Podcast - https://whereareyougoing.podbean.com/


All Winter Retreat 2020 Readings Have Now Been Posted

All the readings from the 2020 Winter Retreat are now available via the Abhayagiri Website :

https://www.abhayagiri.org/talks/collections/1/127-winter-retreat-2020


Winter to Spring - New Photo Gallery Available

Glimpses of the people, plants and wildlife at Abhayagiri
https://www.abhayagiri.org/gallery


Conversation with Ajahn Jayasaro on June 13th

Conversation with Ajahn Jayasaro on June 13th

At 9am PDT (Pacific Time) on June 13, Ajahn Jayasaro will be doing a virtual question and answer session with the Buddhist Community at Stanford (BCAS). The general public is welcome to view this event.

The schedule for the event is :
8:30 - 9:00 AM PDT Group meditation (without Ajahn Jayasaro)
9:00 - 10:00 AM Ajahn Jayasaro Q&A with the Buddhist Commmunity at Stanford

For more information, please see this page :

https://buddhiststudies.stanford.edu/events/conversation-ajahn-jayasaro-webinar

Precautions Due to COVID-19 - Updated May 3, 2020

Precautions Due to COVID-19 - Updated May 3, 2020

Abhayagiri is considering how to continue to support the extended Abhayagiri community amid concerns and regulations regarding COVID-19. Please note that we have put the following precautions in place :

  • The monks are not going on alms rounds.

  • The Saturday night and Lunar Observance Day evening services are no longer available for the general public to participate in person. However, you may still participate by going to the Abhayagiri YouTube Channel and watching the Live Streams of Evening Puja at 7pm PDT every night except the day after the lunar observance day. https://youtube.com/c/AbhayagiriBuddhistMonastery

  • The outside teaching engagements are being canceled as needed. Abhayagiri is continuing to make various events available via live stream. We will continue to update the web calendar with cancellations as needed.

  • We are not accepting short-term overnight guests for the foreseeable future.

There have been some inquiries asking if people are still allowed to come to the monastery to offer food and supplies. The answer is “Yes, food and supply offerings are welcome.” Offerings can be left on the stainless steel tables outside of the kitchen. For health and safety reasons, please abstain from entering the kitchen or any other buildings. Also, please note that visitors from outside the monastery must wear a mask while at the monastery. Finally, if you are experiencing a fever, flu or cold symptoms, please refrain from coming to the monastery.

Live Stream of Āsāḷhā Pūjā starting at 7pm

Live Stream of  Āsāḷhā Pūjā starting at 7pm

There will be a live stream of Abhayagiri’s Āsāḷhā Pūjā ceremony. Pūjā begins at 7pm PDT with chanting and meditation, followed by the opportunity to take the 3 refuges and 8 precepts (p. 131 of chanting book Vol 1. Link below) and a Dhamma talk. After the Dhamma talk we will hold our Āsāḷhā Pūjā ceremony and circumambulation. Āsāḷha Pūjā commemorates the Buddha’s first discourse, given to the fiv…

Save the Dates for Annual Retreat

Save the Dates for Annual Retreat

Mark Your Calendar - The Annual Retreat is Scheduled for Dec. 4 - Dec. 13 Abhayagiri’s annual monastic retreat is scheduled for Fri. Dec. 4 – Sun. Dec. 13, 2020 at the Jesuit Retreat Center in Applegate, CA. Registration for this retreat will likely open sometime during the summer, usually in July or August. Due to Covid-19, and the uncertainty about what restrictions, if any, will be in existence…

Transitions at Abhayagiri

Transitions at Abhayagiri

In 2018, Ajahn Karuṇadhammo began a two year commitment to be co-abbot with Ajahn Ñāṇiko, to help with the transition period after Luang Por Pasanno stepped back from being the abbot and began a one year sabbatical. Having just finished his two year commitment, Ajahn Karuṇadhammo will be going to the Pacific Hermitage for the vassa and Ajahn Ñāṇiko will be the sole abbot for the foreseeable future…

Sāmaṇera Dhammavaro's Bhikkhu Ordination on Sunday, May 17

Sāmaṇera Dhammavaro's Bhikkhu Ordination on Sunday, May 17

On Sunday, May 17 there will be the official ceremony for Sāmaṇera Dhammavaro to be accepted into the bhikkhu saṅgha. The ceremony will be at 2pm in the main Abhayagiri Dhamma hall. Due to precautions regarding COVID-19, it is not possible for the general public to attend in person. However, all are welcome to view the ceremony by going to this link.

Memorial for Todd

Memorial for Todd

On April 27th, Luang Por Pasanno, Ajahn Karuṇadhammo, Ajahn Ñāṇiko, and others gathered at Cool Oaks for the 14th Anniversary of the passing away of Todd Tansuhaj. A brief video has been made in honor of that event, including blessing chants and video footage of Abhayagiri. Background information on Tatcha “Todd” Tansuhaj Todd was born on July 20, 1995 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Although Todd was bo…

Sāmaṇera Ordination of Anagārika Josh, Anagārika Ordination of Aaron and Dave, Vesākha Celebration

Sāmaṇera Ordination of Anagārika Josh, Anagārika Ordination of Aaron and Dave, Vesākha Celebration

On Vesākha, May 6th, Anagārika Josh will ordain as a Sāmaṇera, a novice monk. Also, Aaron and Dave will ordain as Anagārikas, eight-preceptors. We are asking the general public to abstain from coming to the monastery for this event. The ceremony will take place in the Reception Hall and will be livestreamed. The program will begin with evening puja at 7:00 PM. The ordination ceremony will likely s…