Come celebrate New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day at Abhayagiri Monastery. On New Year’s Eve, Monday the 31st, there will be an evening program featuring meditation, a Dhamma talk, and chanting until midnight. The following morning, Tuesday January 1st, Abhayagiri will welcome the new year with a ceremonial almsround at the monastery, meal, and post-meal Dhamma Talk. Apart from celebrating the New Year, the ceremony represents the last large gathering at Abhayagiri before the monastics enter their three-month winter retreat.
December 31 (New Year’s Eve)
7:00 pm – Evening Puja and Dhamma Talk
9:00 pm to 11:30pm – Walking or Sitting Meditation
11:30 pm – Paritta Chanting
12:01 am – Sharing the Merit
January 1 (New Year’s Day)
10:00 am – Ceremonial almsround at the monastery, food offering, and meal.
12:30 pm – Dhamma Talk by Ajahn Ñāṇiko, co-abbot of Abhayagiri.
Please see the Abhayagiri calendar for more details.
* For the ceremonial almsround on January 1st, please offer any kind of rice (white, brown, etc). Dry goods and other requisites can be placed on the Dana Table to be offered to the monks. Cooked food will be offered to the monks in the kitchen at 10:45 am. Please do not put money, checks, or canned foods into the monks’ bowls.