We hope you can join us at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery for the next Upasika Day on Sunday, August 5, a day of community, Dhamma study, meditation, and renewal. The event will be livestreamed here.
Our theme and topic for the day will be Sutta Study: Samyutta Nikaya 1:1. Ajahn Karunadhammo and senior monastics of Abhayagiri have graciously offered to lead us in an exploration of the Buddha’s Middle Way, expressed in this very short sutta as “crossing the floods” by “not halting and not strainings (Bhikkhu Bodhi translation).”
The readings for the day include Samutta Nikaya 1:1, available in translation by Thanissaro Bhikkhu here: https://www.dhammatalks.org/suttas/SN/SN1_1.html. (Please also see Bhikkhu Bodhi’s translation of Samyutta Nikaya 1:1 in The Connected Discourses of the Buddha. Boston: Wisdom Publications, 2000.)
Also please read the short article, “A Verb for Nirvana,” by Thanissaro Bhikkhu, available here: https://www.dhammatalks.org/books/PurityOfHeart/Section0015.html
We hope you will also join us for the daily meal, beginning at 11:00
a..m. It’s customary to bring a dish to offer to the monastics and to
share with others. Our material support of the monastery community is
an important aspect of our role as upasikas (literally, “those who
sit close by”), and our generous offerings of food are a tangible
means of extending this support.
Attendance at Upasika Days is open both to those who wish to make a
formal commitment to the program and to those who may simply wish to
attend for the day. All are welcome. Please spread the word among
those who may be interested.
The schedule for the day is as follows:
10:45 a.m. Refuges and Precepts (optional)
11:00 a.m. (sharp) Meal Offering (please bring a dish to share)
1-4:30 p.m. Study/Practice Session
4:30 p.m. Tea with the monastics (optional)