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…

Fund for Fire Prevention and Trail Maintenance

Fund for Fire Prevention and Trail Maintenance

The Abhayagiri residents are now back on the property, and we have been joined by two of our close friends and supporters, Dee and Sondra, who both lost their houses in the fire. They will be staying with us as they sort out where they will want to eventually reside and how they will be rebuilding their homes. Other friends in the area who experienced losses are also slowly starting to piece thing…

Gratitude for Support in Response to the Fires

Gratitude for Support in Response to the Fires

Ever since news spread regarding the fires affecting the Abhayagiri community, many people have been asking how they can offer support and assistance. About a week ago, we posted a news article suggesting the offering of gift cards from a nearby grocery store. In the past few days, we have received an overwhelming number of gift cards. The Abhayagiri community is deeply appreciative and we would l…

Fire Update, October 17-18, 2017

Fire Update, October 17-18, 2017

On Tuesday, Luang Por Pasanno and others led an initial visit into the monastery after news came in that they would be allowed to return. Here are some photos that were taken of the day: Photos of the initial reconnaissance expedition On Wedneday, the Abhayagiri community paid respects to Dharma Master Hung Liu and said goodbye to the community at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas. Then, by the way…

Okay To Visit the Monastery (Was Do Not Visit the Monastery)

Okay To Visit the Monastery (Was Do Not Visit the Monastery)

[Update - October 26, 2017] Abhayagiri Monastery is now open to the public. The following article has been kept for reference. Please do not visit the monastery at this time. If you haven’t heard the good news yet, as of Tuesday, October 17, the Abhayagiri community will be returning to the monastery property. However, the monastery is not yet open to public. There are a number of checkpoints alon…

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…