2018 Abhayagiri Kathina: October 28, 2018

2018 Abhayagiri Kathina: October 28, 2018

Each year since the time of the Buddha, at the end of the three-month Rains Retreat, the lay community around every Buddhist monastery has gathered to celebrate the completion of the retreat and to offer to the monastic community gifts of cloth and supplies that will be useful for the coming year. The cloth is then cut, sewn and dyed by the monks to make a robe on that day to offer to one of the S…

Cloister Area Inauguration a Big Success

Cloister Area Inauguration a Big Success

This past weekend we celebrated the completion of our cloister area buildings and grounds. Dhamma talks were given by Luang Por Liem, Luang Por Viradhammo, Luang Por Jundee, Rev. Heng Sure, Ajahn Jayasaro, Ajahn Sona, and Ajahn Kongrit. As well as Luang Por Liem, Ajahn Sucitto, and Ajahn Achalo before and after the event. Many hundreds of people gathered over the long weekend and enjoyed several d…

Luang Por Pasanno's Birthday and Taking Leave Celebration - Sunday, July 8 ***Livestream Available***

Luang Por Pasanno's Birthday and Taking Leave Celebration - Sunday, July 8 ***Livestream Available***

Join us at the monastery or livestream on Sunday, July 8th in celebrating Luang Por Pasanno’s sixty-ninth birthday and over twenty-years’ leadership as he steps back as abbot of Abhayagiri and leaves for a year-long sabbatical abroad. After serving as Abhayagiri’s abbot for over two decades, Luang Por Pasanno will step back from that role and enter a year-long retreat overseas. Though he plans on…

Ajahn Sucitto to Visit Abhayagiri July 2018

Ajahn Sucitto to Visit Abhayagiri July 2018

We are pleased to announce that Ajahn Sucitto, the former abbot of the Cittaviveka (Chithurst) Buddhist Monastery in England, will be visiting Abhayagiri from July 7th through July 11th. He will then continue to make visits and teachings throughout the United States throughout July. Please consult his website for more information. He will be invited to offer reflections during the usual 2pm Sunday…

June Reception Hall Inauguration Schedule ***Livestream Available***

June Reception Hall Inauguration Schedule ***Livestream Available***

Join us to celebrate the completion of Abhayagiri’s new Reception Hall with three days of Dhamma reflections and practice. The entire event will be livestreamed on Friday, June 29th, Saturday, June 30th, and Sunday July 1st. In addition to the weekend itself, the days leading up to the celebration will feature a host of talks and arrivals by senior teachers of the Ajahn Chah tradition. The result…

2018 Monastic Thanksgiving Retreat

2018 Monastic Thanksgiving Retreat

Led by the Abhayagiri Community November 17-25, 2018 at Mount Madonna Center in Watsonville, CA (near Santa Cruz) Abhayagiri Monastery in Redwood Valley, California and the Sanghapala Foundation invite you to join Ajahn Sudanto, Ajahn Karunadhammo, Ajahn Nyaniko, Debbie Stamp and others from the Abhayagiri Community for a 9-day retreat over the Thanksgiving holiday. We will create a monastery envi…

Sat. June 2 Upāsikā Day & Sun. June 3 Community Work Day

Sat. June 2 Upāsikā Day & Sun. June 3 Community Work Day

We hope you can join us at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery for the next Upasika Day on Saturday, June 2, a day of community, Dhamma study, and meditation. Our theme for the day will be “Devotion and Ritual: Chanting.” Luang Por Pasanno and senior monastics of Abhayagiri have graciously offered to lead us in an exploration of the practices, purposes and meanings of greater- and lesser-known chants in…

Monastery Fire Clearance Progress

Monastery Fire Clearance Progress

While the October fires that devasted the Redwood Valley area and nearly consumed the monastery brought profound loss to our neighbors, they also revealed the deep faith of the monastery’s community. In the months following the event, many friends of Abhayagiri expressed concern, offered basic requisites, and helped set up a fund for fire clearance and maintenance in years to come. Supporters in T…

Bhikkhu Ordination Ceremony for Sāmaṇera Guṇavīro and Sāmaṇera Tissaro

Bhikkhu Ordination Ceremony for Sāmaṇera Guṇavīro and Sāmaṇera Tissaro

Sunday, May 13th: Bhikkhu Ordination Ceremony for Sāmaṇera Guṇavīro and Sāmaṇera Tissaro All are welcome to attend the formal ceremony in which the Sāmaṇera Guṇavīro and Sāmaṇera Tissaro will enter the monastic Saṅgha as bhikkhus. The ceremony will take place at the ordination platform. We currently do not know the start time as it depends on weather, but it will most likely start sometime after t…

June Reception Hall Celebration: June 29th - July 1st

June Reception Hall Celebration: June 29th - July 1st

Join us to celebrate the completion of Abhayagiri’s new Reception Hall with three days of Dhamma reflections and practice the weekend of Friday, June 29th, Saturday, June 30th, and Sunday, July 1st. For the weekend leading up to the formal offering of the hall on Sunday, July 1st, senior teachers of the Ajahn Chah Tradition including Luang Por Liem, Luang Por Jundee, Luang Por Viradhammo, Ajahn Ja…