A Day of Sharing in the City

A Day of Sharing in the City

On August 23, six Abhayagiri residents and fifty lay supporters gathered at the Mindfulness Care Center in San Fransisco for a day of sharing. Rik Center, founder of the Mindfulness Care Center, had organized the event as an opportunity to recollect the history of Abhayagiri, to reflect on the blessings that the monastery has brought to people’s lives, and to support Abhayagiri’s ongoing developme…

A Day of Peace: Yoga and Meditation Daylong Oct. 4

A Day of Peace: Yoga and Meditation Daylong Oct. 4

Ajahn Pasanno and Cator Shachoy will lead a day of meditation and yoga Sunday, October 4 from 9 am to 5 pm at the Mindfulness Care Center in San Francisco. This is a benefit event for Youth Yoga Dharma. The day begins with meditation led by Ajahn Pasanno, followed by a 2-hour yoga class with Cator. Lunch break from 12-1:30 pm includes a traditional meal offering. Please bring a food offering to sh…

20th Anniversary Celebration–Hold the Date

20th Anniversary Celebration–Hold the Date

Abhayagiri will be celebrating its 20th anniversary on Saturday June 4, 2016. We plan to have an all-day gathering, including talks, photographs of the “old days,” and just general visiting with friends old and new. More details will be forthcoming closer to the event, but please put the date on your calendar if you would like to be part of the celebration.

2015 Abhayagiri Thanksgiving Retreat Registration (Closed)

2015 Abhayagiri Thanksgiving Retreat Registration (Closed)

Retreat registration is closed. This post is left here for informational purposes. Registration for the Abhayagiri Thanksgiving Monastic retreat will close on July 31. Here is the original retreat announcement: Abhayagiri Monastery in Redwood Valley, California and the Sanghapala Foundation invite you to join Luang Por Pasanno and the Abhayagiri Community for a 10-day retreat over the Thanksgiving…

August 23 Benefit and Community Event at Mindfulness Care Center

August 23 Benefit and Community Event at Mindfulness Care Center

The foundation of the new Reception Hall has been poured and the walls are going up, but funds are still needed to complete the interior of the building. The Mindfulness Care Center in San Francisco has organized a Benefit Day on August 23, 9:30 am - 5 pm, which will be an opportunity to interact with Ajahn Pasanno and the Abhayagiri Monastic Community, sharing in reflections and being of support.…

Luang Por Liem's Visit to Abhayagiri

Luang Por Liem's Visit to Abhayagiri

This year, four of our western monasteries had the good fortune to host Luang Por Liem during a one month trip to America. With him was Luang Por Jundee, Ajahn Sek, Ajahn Moshe and Ajahn Thaniyo. They went to Tisarana Monastery in Ottawa, Canada, then Temple Forest Monastery in New Hampshire, Pacific Hermitage, and Abhayagiri. For those who have never before heard the names of these monks: Luang P…

Ajahn Liem to Visit Abhayagiri

Ajahn Liem to Visit Abhayagiri

Ajahn Liem, the abbot of Wat Nong Pah Pong and successor to Ajahn Chah, will be visiting four North American monasteries in the Ajahn Chah tradition from June 19 to July 16. Ajahn Jundee, abbot of Wat Pah Ampawan, and two other monks will accompany Ajahn Liem. After visiting Tisarana Buddhist Monastery, Temple Forest Monastery, and Pacific Hermitage, they plan to arrive at Abhayagiri in the early…

Ajahn Amaro to visit Abhayagiri

Ajahn Amaro to visit Abhayagiri

We are pleased to announce that Ajahn Amaro will be here for a brief visit in June. He will be in San Francisco in early June to attend a Mindfulness and Compassion Conference, and will come to stay at Abhayagiri from June 7 – June 10. On the afternoon of Tuesday June 9, we will have an ordination of two novices and two bhikkhus, and Ajahn Amaro will give the ordination reflections. There will be…

Community Work Day June 13

Community Work Day June 13

If you are looking for a way to support the Abhayagiri community and want to connect to the residents in an informal situation, then you are welcome to come join us for an afternoon project. The next scheduled community work day is June 13. The project will start with a meeting at 1 pm and will probably end by 4:30 pm. You are welcome to come join us for the 11:00 AM meal and stay for tea at 4:30…

Coastal Tudong by Ajahn Jotipālo

Coastal Tudong by Ajahn Jotipālo

Recently Tan Thanavaro and I took up the practice of “tudong”. Walking from the small town of Westport, CA to Boonville, CA, mostly following Rt 1 along the coast and Rt 128 through redwood forests and along side the Navarro River. The word ‘tudong’ is derived from the Pali word “dhutanga”, meaning ascetic practices. There are 13 ascetic practices that the Buddha allowed and encouraged for assisti…