First Tuesdays at Berkeley Buddhist Monastery Not Meeting until April

First Tuesdays at Berkeley Buddhist Monastery Not Meeting until April

The first tuesday meditations and Dhamma talks at Berkeley Buddhist Monastery will not be meeting for January, February, and March while the monastics are on their winter retreat. They will resume again on April 3, 2018.

Winter Retreat 2018

Winter Retreat 2018

The annual winter retreat begins on January 2, 2018 and lasts for three months, ending on April 1st. 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 be no overnight guests accepted. (For overnight visits after the retreat please contact the monastery…

New Year's Eve Almsround and Meditation

New Year's Eve Almsround and Meditation

We will celebrate New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day at Abhayagiri Monastery. On New Year’s Eve there will be a ceremonial almsround at the monastery. New year’s day being Wan Phra, the monks will follow their usual almsround in Ukiah and Redwood Valley. December 31 (New Year’s Eve) 9:45 am – Arrive 10:15 am – Monks’ Almsround at the monastery (ceremonial food offerings made directly into the monks…

Forest Work Day Sunday Dec. 10 - Afternoon progam canceled

Forest Work Day Sunday Dec. 10 - Afternoon progam canceled

As the end of the year draws near and the Abhayagiri community prepares for Winter Retreat, there is still much trail maintenance and fire prevention work to do in the forest. We will therefore focus on working in the forest this weekend and have canceled the usual 2 pm Sunday program on Dec. 10. You are welcome to join us for the Sunday work afternoon, which will begin at 1 pm. For those interest…

Introducing Sāmaṇeras Rakkhito and Cittapālo and an Anagārika Jordan

Introducing Sāmaṇeras Rakkhito and Cittapālo and an Anagārika Jordan

On November 14th, 2017, Abhayagiri ordained Jordan as an anagārika. In addition, 2 sāmaṇeras: Rakkhito and Cittapālo (formerly anagārikas Gary and Ryan, respectively), were ordained 1 week later, on November 21st, 2017. In case you missed them, you can watch the ordinations here: We also have photos from Rakkhito and Cittapālo’s ordination: [Sāmaṇera Ordination] Sāmaṇera Ordination of Anagārikas G…

Upāsikā Day: Practice in Daily Life - Working With High-Dose Dukkha

Upāsikā Day: Practice in Daily Life - Working With High-Dose Dukkha

We hope you can join us at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery for the next Upasika Day on Saturday, December 9, a day of community, Dhamma study, meditation, and renewal. All are welcome, whether or not you have attended these teaching days before. Our theme for the day will be: Practice in Daily Life: Working With High-Dose Dukkha. Senior monastics of Abhayagiri have graciously offered to lead us in a…

Sāmaṇera Ordinations of Anagārikas Gary and Ryan

Sāmaṇera Ordinations of Anagārikas Gary and Ryan

On November 21st, all are welcome to attend the ceremony in which Anagārikas Gary and Ryan will ordain as Sāmaṇeras or novices. The ceremony will take place in the Reception Hall and will be livestreamed at: https://youtu.be/FjIcJNPvxtc The program will begin with evening puja at 7:00 PM. The ordination ceremony will likely start between 8:15–8:45 PM. Please see our calendar for additional details…

Thanksgiving Monastic Retreat 2016 Audio Now Available

Thanksgiving Monastic Retreat 2016 Audio Now Available

All 26 talks given by Ajahn Pasanno, Ajahn Karunadhammo, Ajahn Sudanto, and Debbie Stamp at the 2016 Thanksgiving Monastic Retreat in Santa Rosa, California from November 18 to November 27 are available for online browsing, on our talks page, can be downloaded as a 586 MB zip file, and requested as an MP3 CD.

Anagārika Ordination for Jordan

Anagārika Ordination for Jordan

On November 14th, Long-term resident Jordan will take on the white robes of an anagārika. You are welcome to join for the beginning of his monastic training and hear Ajahn Pasanno’s advice for those embarking on the monastic path. Puja will begin as usual at 7:00 pm, followed by the ceremony around 8:00-8:30 pm.

Open to Visitors Again, But No Trail Access

Open to Visitors Again, But No Trail Access

As the Tomki Road work crews are starting to lessen, we are now allowing visitors to start coming back to the monastery, and look forward to seeing our friends and supporters once again. However, our trails will remain closed to the public due to potential dangers, until we can do more trail maintenance and also see how the rains will affect them. When driving down East Road, West Road, and Tomki…