Beginning January 1st and continuing until March 31st, Abhayagiri will be in winter retreat. This annual time of quietude, gratefully supported by a team of lay supporters, gives Abhayagiri residents an opportunity to set aside work projects and concentrate on more formal aspects of meditation and the study of Dhamma. Short days, wet weather, and the silence of winter make this a natural time to be looking inward.
During these three months there will be no overnight guests accepted. (For overnight visits after the retreat please contact the monastery after April 1st, 2015.) This, however, does not mean that the monastery is closed to day visitors; day visits are still possible. As per usual, people are still welcome to attend the chanting, meditation, and Dhamma talks on Saturday nights and the evenings of the Lunar Observance Days. People wishing to visit the monastery to participate in the meal offering or bring offerings of requisites at meal time are also welcome.
For those interested in listening to, or downloading Dhamma talks from the monastery website, we plan on posting new talks regularly throughout the retreat.