Winter Retreat Teachings Will Be Posted Regularly

Winter Retreat Teachings Will Be Posted Regularly

Although the Abhayagiri monastic community is undergoing a period of retreat, the monastery is still regularly posting teachings online, including morning readings from the Winter Retreat.

On most days during the retreat, a senior monastic will give a Dhamma reflection or reading before the meal. This year, video recordings of those sessions will be posted to the Abhayagiri YouTube channel at 5 AM Pacific Time every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The YouTube playlist for those videos can be found here.

Audio of these sessions will be posted to the website’s 2021 Winter Retreat talks page every Monday, the week after they were published to YouTube.

As normal, evening pujas are still being live-streamed on YouTube every day except for the day after the lunar observance. Recordings of the lunar observance and Saturday night talks continue to be posted regularly to YouTube and the website.

On one final note, videos of the talks and Q&A sessions from the “Awaken to the New Year” online retreat led by Luang Por Pasanno were recently posted. They can be viewed on YouTube or listened to on the website.

Stillness Flowing Audiobook Released

Stillness Flowing Audiobook Released

Dear Dhamma Companions,

The Stillness Flowing Audiobook has finally been released. You may access it here.
May this serve as a gift of Dhamma on the 29th anniversary of Luang Por Chah’s passing.

Although the annual Wat Nong Pah Pong celebration of Luang Por Chah’s passing has been cancelled this year, we can use resources such as this to stay connected to the tradition, even though we aren’t able to contact it in person.

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 the monastery after March 31st.

Day visitors and those wishing to visit the monastery to participate in the meal offering or bring offerings of requisites at the meal time are still welcome. Please see this article for the current COVID-19 guidelines :
https://www.abhayagiri.org/news/337-covid-19-precautions-update-august-26-2020

However, visitors should be aware that the community is practicing noble silence, and talking and conversations with the monastics and retreat crew are very limited.

For those interested in listening to or downloading Dhamma talks from the monastery website, we plan on posting new talks regularly throughout the retreat.

The first evening Dhamma talk of the Winter Retreat was offered by Ajahn Ñāṇiko. Ajahn Ñāṇiko touched on subjects such as correct motivation, the Buddha’s life, and mindfulness. To access the audio file, please click the below link :
https://www.abhayagiri.org/talks/7506-imposition-or-dana

Videos of the Dhamma talks given thus far during 2021 can be accessed via this section of the Abhayagiri YouTube Channel :
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoNO26iBjavaj3okRp5PefnL-Ka7x64sU

Current COVID-19 Precautions

Current COVID-19 Precautions

Abhayagiri is currently open for limited access to the general public. In addition to live streaming Abhayagiri’s evening pujas and Dhamma talks, it is possible for those who wish to visit Abhayagiri but the following health and safety guidelines must be followed.

  • Visitors may go into the Free Distribution Book Room and the Restrooms but should otherwise not enter any of the buildings. When there are visitors with offerings at meal time, then at 10:45am, a senior monk may chant a blessing at meal time in the shaded breezeway outside the Dhamma Hall. Visitors are welcome to walk around the cloister area and sit in the shaded breeze ways as long as they wear masks and maintain six foot social distancing.

  • No registration is required before visiting.

  • Offerings for Abhayagiri are welcome and should be left on the table outside the kitchen.

  • Visitors wishing to participate in evening puja and listen to evening Dhamma talks may sit outside the Dhamma Hall in chairs.

New Teachings & Retreat Update

New Teachings & Retreat Update

Luang Por Pasanno Retreat Update A friendly reminder that the last full day to register for the Awaken to the New Year - Online Meditation Retreat with Luang Por Pasanno is December 26th. Please note that the retreat will only be available via Zoom to those who have registered. There will not be a Youtube Livestream. The proposed schedule, converted into California time from Malaysia/Singapore tim…

Mindfulness & Compassion Retreat - Dec. 19-20, Organized by Perfectly Here, Featuring Teachings by Ajahn Pasanno

Mindfulness & Compassion Retreat - Dec. 19-20, Organized by Perfectly Here, Featuring Teachings by Ajahn Pasanno

The non-profit organization Perfectly Here is holding an online retreat this upcoming weekend December 19-20. Ajahn Pasanno will be offering teachings on Day 2, December 20. Mindfulness & Compassion-Retreat: Cleanse the Negative Impacts of Covid 19 and Stressful Events Sat & Sun, Dec 19-20 – From 6:00 am to 4:00 pm (PST, US & Canada time) For more information, please see the below link. https://pe…

December 2020 Electronic Newsletter

December 2020 Electronic Newsletter

****The December edition of the Abhayagiri electronic newsletter is now available. The newsletter provides information from the monastery as well as highlighting various new items on the website. To access it, please click on the below link. https://mailchi.mp/abhayagiri/december2020

Upcoming Online Teachings

Upcoming Online Teachings

Tuesday, December 1 5pm - 6pm: First Tuesday Q&A Online, led by Luang Por Pasanno. This is offered on Zoom only. Zoom ID: 914 9862 6299 Passcode: 108 Saturday, December 5 1pm - 5pm: Online Upāsika Day This will be offered on Zoom and Abhayagiri’s YouTube livestream. The theme for this Online Upāsika Day is Kāyagatāsati, or Mindfulness of the Body. Zoom ID: 920 0658 7548 Passcode: ABM108## 1:00pm -…

Thanksgiving Retreat Is In Progress

Thanksgiving Retreat Is In Progress

The 2020 Thanksgiving Retreat is taking place from November 20-29 and is being live streamed. For those who did not register, but would still like to participate, we welcome you to join in via the Abhayagiri YouTube channel - https://www.youtube.com/c/AbhayagiriBuddhistMonastery. YouTube live stream times and full schedule are listed below: 5:00am Morning chanting & meditation 8:30am Dhamma reflec…

UPDATE on 11/17 : New Info on Registration - Awaken to the New Year - Online Meditation Retreat with Luang Por Pasanno

UPDATE on 11/17 : New Info on Registration - Awaken to the New Year - Online Meditation Retreat with Luang Por Pasanno

Updated 11/17/2020 - Please note this new information for participants in North America. For those in American time zones interested to register for the retreat, please note that you are only required to attend the morning and evening chanting, Dhamma talk, and guided meditation sessions. Due to the time difference from Malaysia and Singapore, the other Zoom sessions of the retreat are not require…