On June 1st, 1996, Ajahn Amaro, Ajahn Visuddhi, and Anagārika Tom (now Ajahn Karuṇadhammo) arrived at 16201 Tomki Road in order to pioneer the first day of Abhayagiri, 25 years ago. This first day was the culmination of many visits by Ajahn Sumedho and Ajahn Amaro to California, as well as the work of various lay people (including Debbie Stamp and Marc Lieberman) over the course of several years. Ajahn Pasanno then arrived in California in December 1996 in order to join Ajahn Amaro as a co-abbot of Abhayagiri.
Two Events Today in Honor of Abhayagiri’s 25th Anniversary:
Abhayagiri’s livestreams of evening puja are resuming starting tonight until further notice (https://www.youtube.com/c/AbhayagiriBuddhistMonastery)
To view the June 1st livestream of evening chanting and meditation, you can use this link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YV3GkzsjqKY
The Abhayagiri Spring 2021 Newsletter has just been released. This newsletter includes photos from the founding years of Abhayagiri and can be accessed via this link : https://mailchi.mp/abhayagiri/25thanniversarynewsletter
Note: The photo for this article was taken after the first bhikkhu ordination at Abhayagiri in 1998. Included in the photo are Ajahn Pasanno, Ajahn Amaro, newly ordained Tan Karuṇadhammo, Debbie Stamp and the Sanghapala Board of Directors.