Cancelation of Luang Por Sumedho's July 4th Talk

Cancelation of Luang Por Sumedho's July 4th Talk

Unfortunately, we must inform you that Luang Por Sumedho’s July 4th talk has been canceled.

We regret any disappointment that is caused by this sad news.

Luang Por Pasanno & Ajahn Nyaniko Visit Suddhavari Monastery in Brazil

Luang Por Pasanno & Ajahn Nyaniko Visit Suddhavari Monastery in Brazil

A new associated monastery in the Ajahn Chah tradition has been started in Brazil. It is the first of its kind in South America and was established with the encouragement and blessing of Luang Por Liem, the present abbot of Ajahn Chah’s original monastery, Wat Pah Pong in Ubon province, Thailand. Luang Por Liem visited Suddhavāri in 2017 and considered the place suitable for a forest monastery, leaving Ajahn Mudito as the of leader of the project.

Suddhavāri Monastery also has the blessing of elders of the Forest Sangha from around the world. During the past six months both Luang Por Pasanno and Ajahn Nyaniko have each visited Suddhavāri Monastery. During Luang Por’s recent trip to Brazil, he lead a seven day retreat for the Sociedade Budista do Brasil, as well as offering other Dhamma talks. The videos of Luang Por Pasanno’s teachings are available via the following link:
Luang Por Pasanno’s teachings in Brazil
After Luang Por offers his reflections, Ajahn Mudito translates them into Portuguese.

For more information about Suddhavāri Monastery, please see
https://suddhavari.org/

Welcoming the Green Buddha and Celebration of Luang Por Chah's Birthday

Welcoming the Green Buddha and Celebration of Luang Por Chah's Birthday

On Saturday, June 18th, Abhayagiri will have a celebration welcoming the Green Buddha and celebrating Luang Por Chah’s birthday.

The Green Buddha arrived this spring from Thailand.

The schedule for the day is:
10:45am Meal offering
11:00am Meal
1:00pm Meditation
1:30pm Paritta Chanting
2:00pm Dhamma Talk

The regular Saturday night program will begin at 7pm.

Luang Por Sumedho to Offer Dhamma Talks at Abhayagiri

Luang Por Sumedho to Offer Dhamma Talks at Abhayagiri

UPDATE as of 6/23/2022: Luang Por Sumedho’s final talk at Abhayagiri has been canceled.

Luang Por Sumedho is offering two Dhamma reflections at Abhayagiri during June. The time and date of these two talks is 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time on June 7 and 14. The talks are also livestreamed on Abhayagiri’s YouTube channel.

All are welcome to attend this event. However, please note that there is not any overnight accommodation available at Abhayagiri until mid July.

For more information about Luang Por Sumedho please see below:

Luang Por Sumedho (Ajahn Sumedho) is the most senior western disciple of Ajahn Chah. He was born in Seattle, Washington in 1934. After serving four years in the US Navy as a medic, he completed a BA in Far Eastern Studies and an MA in South Asian Studies.

In 1966, he went to Thailand to practise meditation at Wat Mahathat in Bangkok. Not long afterwards, he went forth as a novice monk in Nong Khai, northeast Thailand and a year of solitary practice followed; he received full admission into the Sangha in 1967.

Although fruitful, the solitary practice showed him the need for a teacher who could more actively guide him. A fortuitous encounter with a visiting monk led him to Ubon province to practise with Venerable Ajahn Chah. He took dependence from Ajahn Chah and remained under his close guidance for ten years. In 1975, Luang Por Sumedho established Wat Pah Nanachat (International Forest Monastery) where Westerners could be trained in the English language.

In 1977, he accompanied Ajahn Chah to England and took up residence at the Hampstead Vihara with three other monks. Luang Por Sumedho went on to establish four monasteries in England and half a dozen branch monasteries around the world. The origins of Abhayagiri can be traced to Ajahn Sumedho’s visits to Northern California in the early 1980s.

Luang Por Sumedho has inducted more than a hundred aspirants of many nationalities into the samaṇa life. In 2010 he stepped back from his role as abbot of Amaravati Buddhist Monastery in England. Luang Por Sumedho continues to practice and share the Dhamma around the world.

Luang Por Sumedho’s teachings are freely available in various formats including audio files, livestreams, and books. To access Luang Por Sumedho’s teachings, please see the following websites :
https://amaravati.org/
https://www.abhayagiri.org/talks/teachers/63-ajahn-sumedho
https://forestsangha.org/teachings/

Current Guidelines for Visiting - Updated April 3, 2022

Current Guidelines for Visiting - Updated April 3, 2022

The general public is welcome to visit Abhayagiri for day visits. The daily meal offering is at 11:00 am. The monastic community will offer a meal blessing in the main Dhamma Hall. Any food offerings can be left on the tables outside the kitchen, and the kitchen crew will prepare it for the meal as time allows. At this time, the kitchen is still unavailable for food prep and cooking, however guest…

Update - Luang Por Sumedho's Final Public Teaching at Abhayagiri is Canceled

Update - Luang Por Sumedho's Final Public Teaching at Abhayagiri is Canceled

UPDATE: July 2nd: Unfortunately this final teaching of Luang Por Sumedho has been canceled. We regret any disappointment that this sad news may cause. Dear Dhamma Friends, Luang Por Sumedho will be giving one more public Dhamma teaching at Abhayagiri xxxxx. You are welcome to join us for this auspicious day. The teaching will also be livestreamed on our YouTube channel. Following the talk will be…

The Island : Resources and Translations Now Available

The Island : Resources and Translations Now Available

During their time as co-abbots of Abhayagiri, Ajahn Pasanno and Ajahn Amaro collaborated to publish The Island : An Anthology of the Buddha’s Teachings on Nibbāna. Many people have appreciated The Island and we would like to let people know about the following resources and translations that have become available since it was first published. Translations Spanish Translation La Isla - Una antologí…

Schedule for Thai New Year (Songkran) Celebration on April 16th

Schedule for Thai New Year  (Songkran) Celebration on April 16th

On Saturday, April 16th Abhayagiri will be celebrating Thai New Year (Songkran). Please feel free to join us at Abhayagiri for this event. The schedule for the day is: 10am - Arrival time - Please aim to arrive by 10am. 11am - Offering the meal and meal blessing, followed by a ceremonial washing of Buddha Rupas 1pm - Gathering again for Songkran Ceremony Also, as per usual on Saturday evening ther…

Thai New Year's Celebration (Songkran) - April 16, 2022

Thai New Year's Celebration (Songkran) - April 16, 2022

Please join us at Abhayagiri Monastery in celebrating Thai New Year (Songkran) on Saturday, April 16, 2022. The meal offering will be around 10:45am, so please arrive earlier if you have food offerings for the meal. After the meal, the monks will gather for paritta chanting and the ceremonial washing of the Ajahns hands. Closer to the date, we will update this announcement if there is any further…

Winter Retreat at Abhayagiri

Winter Retreat at Abhayagiri

The monastic community has begun its annual three month winter retreat. During this time, the resident community takes time to engage in more formal meditation practice following a changing schedule of group and individual practice. During these three months there will not be any overnight guests accepted. For questions about the availability of overnight visits after the retreat please contact th…