Fire Update, October 16, 2017

Fire Update, October 16, 2017

IMPORTANT: As October 17, 2017, Abhayagiri Monastery is not open to the public. We will post an announcement when people will be allowed to visit the monastery. During the morning meeting today Luang Por Pasanno read out loud an email from Tan Kovilo describing a reflection given by Luang Por Liem at Wat Pah Nanachat. You can read it here: Don’t Let Your Thoughts Get you Down by Luang Por Liem Deb…

Fire Update, October 15, 2017

Fire Update, October 15, 2017

Most of the community went down to Fremont today to hold the Kathina Ceremony at Wat Buddhanusorn. Hundreds of people showed up to share their support for the monastic community. See more photos from Kathina. Also, if you have photos that you would like to share with us, please send us a message. Just before the Kathina Ceremony started, Luang Por Pasanno shared some positive news that the major b…

Fire Update, October 14, 2017

Fire Update, October 14, 2017

The community held puja this morning. This was the first time the community held a traditional Abhayagiri morning puja since the evacuation last Monday. Later, during the morning meeting, Debbie shared additional information she had received from the county officials during the previous evening’s press conference. Debbie confirmed that firefighters had a significant presence throughout the Redwood…

Kathina - Important New Information and Help Needed

Kathina - Important New Information and Help Needed

We have important new information for people coming to Kathina at Wat Buddhanusorn this coming Sunday, October 15. Please carpool as parking at Wat Buddhanusorn is limited. Even better, leave your car at home and take BART to the Union City station. There will be vehicles coming every 15 minutes (or so) to shuttle you and your friends/family to Wat Buddhanusorn. If anyone has a van or large vehicl…

Abhayagiri Kathina: October 15, 2017 (Moved to Wat Buddhanusorn)

Abhayagiri Kathina: October 15, 2017 (Moved to Wat Buddhanusorn)

The Kathina Ceremony will begin at 12:30pm (as opposed to 1pm as previously stated.) We would also like to confirm that we will be holding Kathina this Sunday, October 15, but the location of the Kathina has been changed. Abhayagiri’s Kathina will be held on Sunday, October 15 at Wat Buddhanusorn: > 36054 Niles Blvd. > Fremont, CA > 94536 Each year since the time of the Buddha, at the end of the t…

Fire Update, October 13, 2017

Fire Update, October 13, 2017

On Friday, the community spent the day being of service. Some helped cook and clean in the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas. Several of the senior monks offered teachings to the university and boys high school students. Others went over to the Sudhana Center in Ukiah (an affiliated center of the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas) to help clean and move furniture. Luang Por Pasanno, after hearing about the…

Redwood Complex Fire - Timeline of Events - Monday through Thursday

Redwood Complex Fire - Timeline of Events - Monday through Thursday

Ajahn Jotipālo has kindly offered the following journal of events chronicling Abhayagiri’s experience with the Redwood Complex fire. Monday, October 9th According to Cal Fire, a major wildfire started in Redwood Valley late on Sunday night. Fortunately, at 2AM, a community member woke up and noticed that the southern sky was pulsating red. He quickly started alerting other community members. As pe…

Supporting the Monastery In Response to the Redwood Valley Fire

Supporting the Monastery In Response to the Redwood Valley Fire

Many of you have asked how you can help the monastery and laypeople who have been affected by the wildfires. Your expressions of generosity and spirit of community are the sorts of blessings that naturally arise during such a crisis. Since the fires are still burning—both near the monastery and the homes of lay supporters—it is still too soon to know what sort of help will be needed. For now, the…

Fire Update, October 12, 2017

Fire Update, October 12, 2017

As many people are aware, Redwood Valley and nearby Potter Valley are experiencing a large wildfire also known as the “the Redwood Complex Fire.” The fire started late Sunday night on October 8, 2017. As of Thursday afternoon, the fire has spread to an area of over 30,000 acres and only 5% of has been contained. The monastery residents became aware of the fire around 2am Monday morning. The fire w…

Abhayagiri Residents Safe at CTTB

Abhayagiri Residents Safe at CTTB

We want to let everybody know that the Abhayagiri community is safe and is currently staying at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas. As of Thursday, 10am, the Abhayagiri property is most likely not damaged but conditions are volatile and are there is no access to the property. We are asking that people not to come visit us at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas to leave roads, hotels, and services avail…