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Ajahn Jayanto & Ajahn Anando to Offer Dhamma Reflections on Oct. 5th & Oct. 6th

Ajahn Jayanto and Ajahn Anando, the co-abbots of Temple Forest Monastery in New Hamsphire will be visiting Abhayagiri from Oct. 3rd through Oct. 7th. During that time, Ajahn Jayanto and Ajahn Anando have agreed to offer the Dhamma reflections for Saturday night on Oct. 5th and for the Lunar Observance on the evening of Sun., Oct. 6th, respectively.

For more information about Ajahn Jayanto and Ajahn Anando, please see Temple Forest Monastery’s Community Page.

Interview with Ajahn Pasanno in Tricycle Magazine

Tricycle Buddhist Review published an interview with Luang Por Pasanno about the significance of the royal title given to Luang Por Sumedho, Luang Por Pasanno, Ajahn Amaro and Ajahn Jayasaro. The interview also includes reflections on the Thai Forest Tradition.

Interview with Luang Por Pasanno in Tricycle

Abhayagiri Kathina 2019 - Nov. 3rd, 10:30am

People are welcome to join us for our annual Kathina celebration this year. The Kathina ceremony is very ancient, having been established by the Lord Buddha and observed in Theravada Buddhist countries to the present day. The hallmark of this ceremony is an unsolicited offering of cloth with which the Sangha will sew and dye a finished robe before the next dawn. That finished robe is then bestowed upon a senior monk chosen by the Sangha to be a worthy recipient.

The following letter from our board president Paul Catasus summarizes happenings at Abhayagiri and highlights the spirit of generosity which is emblematic of the Kathina.


Dear Supporters of Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery,

The past year has been an extraordinary one for our community. Given the maturity and stability of the Sangha, Luang Por Pasanno was able to take a much deserved one year sabbatical, handing over the leadership of the community to Ajahn Karunadhammo and Ajahn Nyaniko as our new abbots. He returned this July only to be promptly invited back to Thailand by the king where he was honored with a new “Chao Khun” title. This honor was also bestowed on Luang Por Sumedho, Ajahn Amaro (former co-abbot of Abhayagiri) and Ajahn Jayasaro. This beautiful acknowledgement of the hard work and dedication applied in growing the western Sangha is deeply appreciated. Luang Por Pasanno is now back at Abhayagiri as Guiding Elder for which we are all very grateful.

At the end of 2018, an anonymous donor contacted Abhayagiri seeking to help the monastery by providing housing for the care of senior monks. As it so happened, our board of directors was looking into acquiring an adjacent property precisely for this purpose. The purchase of Santi Vihara was completed at the beginning of 2019 through this donor’s unprecedented generosity. Abhayagiri is now in a much better position to expand and extensively care for the bhikkhu Sangha.

And grow the Sangha has. In the last year it welcomed three new samaneras: Jotimanto, Dhammavaro, and Candasilo and two samaneras took full bhikkhu ordination: Tan Rakkhito and Tan Cittapalo. With so many new monks and others returning, the plan is to build four or five new kutis starting next year.

In this expansive spirit, you are cordially invited to join Luang Por Pasanno, Ajahn Sek, Ajahn Karunadhammo, Ajahn Nyaniko and the rest of the extended Abhayagiri community on Nov 3rd, 2019 at 10:30am for the annual Kathina celebration. It is a rare opportunity to see old and new friends in an atmosphere of peace, joy and harmony to commemorate the end of this year’s Rains Retreat.

All good wishes on behalf of Sanghapala Board –

Paul Catasus, Board President


As Kathina is also a time when people offer monastery requisites other than cloth, we have compiled a Kathina Dana List for anyone curious about monastery needs.

May your contact with Abhayagiri bring benefit,

– Nyaniko Bhikkhu on behalf of the Sangha.

Spaces for the 2019 Monastic Annual Retreat Have Been Filled, Waitlist is Still Available

Update: As of August 28th, the retreat spaces have been filled. However, you may still add yourself to the waiting list.

If you wish to add yourself to the waiting list, please email the retreat manager, Kathy Cheney at kacheneynew@gmail.com.

2019 MONASTIC ANNUAL RETREAT

Led by Luang Por Pasanno and the Abhayagiri Community

December 6-15, 2019 at Applegate Retreat Center, Applegate, CA

Abhayagiri Monastery in Redwood Valley, California and the Sanghapala Foundation invite you to join Luang Por Pasanno, and others from the Abhayagiri Community for a 10-day retreat in December.

We will create a monastery environment during our time together, and we offer you this opportunity to explore the Dhamma in a setting that differs somewhat from a typical meditation retreat. We will all live the monastery life, following the Eight Precepts, taking only what is offered, and attempting to reflect on our every activity as part of our practice. This will include noble silence, morning and evening chanting, sitting and walking meditation, a work period, and daily Dhamma talks and teachings.

The retreat will be held from Friday afternoon, December 6th, through Sunday morning, December 15, 2019, at the Applegate Jesuit Retreat Center, near the Sierra foothills. It’s a beautiful, very private 350-acre center, nestled in California’s historic gold country. The closest airport is Sacramento, about 50 miles SW of the center.

Because of the length of this retreat and the adherence to the Eight Precepts, you must previously have sat at least one five-day meditation retreat. Retreatants are requested to attend the entire retreat, from registration time to the closing ceremony on Sunday morning at approx. 11am. The facility is accessible for people in wheelchairs. We are unable to accommodate special dietary or environmental needs. We will eat a hearty breakfast and, in keeping with this monastic tradition, the daily meal (vegetarian) is eaten before noon; there is no evening meal or use of kitchen. Incense and candles are used at the morning and evening chanting periods. Note that this is a double-occupancy rooming setup (there are only a few single rooms available for elders and those with serious medical conditions). This is a beautiful center with comfortable accommodations. Camping or trailers are not possible for our retreat.

The retreat will be offered solely on dana (freewill donations); there is no set fee.

Please note: no deposit refunds after October 31, 2019. Thank you for your understanding.

The retreat manager this year is Kathy Cheney. Please take a moment to add her email address to your address book: kacheneynew@gmail.com.

Luang Por Pasanno Given New Chao Khun Title from King of Thailand

On Thursday, July 25th, Luang Por Pasanno awoke to many wishes of congratulations on his email. He was not quite sure what he was being congratulated for.

Luang Por quickly learned that he, along with Luang Por Sumedho, Ajahn Amaro, and Ajahn Jayasaro, were being invited by King Mahavajiralongkorn of Thailand to receive new Chao Khun titles. This is a great honor, as the titles were to be presented by the King, himself. Luang Por flew to Thailand the following morning.

On Sunday, July 28th, Luang Por Pasanno, Ajahn Amaro, and Ajahn Jayasaro (Luang Por Sumedho did not attend the ceremonies due to health reasons) all received their new Chao Khun titles from the King at Wat Phra Kaew, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, in Bangkok.

The new titles are as follows:

Luang Por Sumedho’s new title is Tan Chao Khun Phra Thepnyanavidesa.
Luang Por Pasanno’s new title is Tan Chao Khun Phra Rajabodhividesa.
Ajahn Amaro’s new title is Tan Chao Khun Phra Rajabuddhivaraguna.
And Ajahn Jayasaro’s new title is Tan Chao Khun Phra Rajabajramanit.

Video of the Ceremony

While in Bangkok, the Ajahns also gathered at the Tawsi School for a reception and to offer Dhamma teachings.

Video of the Teachings

Additionally, the Ajahns had the opportunity to pay respects to the current Supreme Patriarch of Thailand, Somdet Phra Maha Muniwong, at Wat Ratchabopit in Bangkok.

You can see photos from all three events by clicking on the link below the photograph.

Photos of Ceremony

Luang Por Pasanno Chao Khun Ceremony

Luang Por Pasanno Birthday Celebration and Recognition of Chao Khun Title, Sat. Aug. 10th

The celebration for Luang Por Pasanno’s 70th birthday has been rescheduled for Sat. Aug. 10th and will be combined with a recognition ceremony in honor of his new Chao Khun title, which was given to him by the King of Thailand on July 28th.

To watch or listen to a recording of the event, please visit https://www.abhayagiri.org/talks/7211-ajahn-pasannos-birthday-celebration-and-recognition-of-chao-khun-title.

Luang Por’s original birthday celebration was to have been on July 27th, but was cancelled due to this invitation from the King. His new title is Tan Chao Khun Phra Raja Bodhividesa (Pali) or Tan Chao Khun Phra Raj Bodhi Videj (Thai), which is considered to be a very high honor, recognizing his many years of commitment and service to the Sangha and his very significant role in helping to establish the Buddhist monastic tradition in the West.

This celebration will not only be an opportunity to recognize this honor and celebrate his 70th birthday, but also to welcome him back after his year away. With his return from this sabbatical, he is taking on his new role as Guiding Elder at Abhayagiri, leaving the abbot duties to co-abbots Ajahn Karunadhammo and Ajahn Nyaniko. Please arrive for the meal offering by 10:30 am. There will be an opportunity to gather with Luang Por at some point after the meal, and there is also planned to be a Dhamma reflection from him at 1 pm.

Luang Por Pasanno Birthday Celebration Cancelled

With regret, the birthday celebration for Luang Por Pasanno originally scheduled for this Saturday July 27th has been cancelled. Luang Por Pasanno has been invited on short notice to go to Thailand to receive an ecclesiastical title from the new king of Thailand on the king’s birthday, which is Sunday July 28th. He is therefore flying to Thailand on the morning of Friday July 26th and returning next week.

All of us, especially Luang Por Pasanno, regret missing the opportunity to celebrate with him this weekend, but this honor from the King of Thailand is quite significant. At this time, there are no plans for rescheduling the birthday event. If and when it is rescheduled, we will put out another notice.

With appreciation for your understanding and patience,

The Abhayagiri Sangha

Visit to Wat Buddhanusorn : Sunday, July 21st

On Sunday, July 21st, Luang Por Pasanno and various members of the Abhayagiri community will be visiting Wat Buddhanusorn in Fremont in time for the meal offering at 11:30am. Luang Por Pasanno will probably be giving a talk during the afternoon.

Wat Buddhanusorn’s Website

Registration for 2019 Monastic Annual Retreat

2019 MONASTIC ANNUAL RETREAT

Led by Luang Por Pasanno and the Abhayagiri Community

December 6-15, 2019 at Applegate Retreat Center, Applegate, CA

Abhayagiri Monastery in Redwood Valley, California and the Sanghapala Foundation invite you to join Luang Por Pasanno, and others from the Abhayagiri Community for a 10-day retreat in December.

We will create a monastery environment during our time together, and we offer you this opportunity to explore the Dhamma in a setting that differs somewhat from a typical meditation retreat. We will all live the monastery life, following the Eight Precepts, taking only what is offered, and attempting to reflect on our every activity as part of our practice. This will include noble silence, morning and evening chanting, sitting and walking meditation, a work period, and daily Dhamma talks and teachings.

The retreat will be held from Friday afternoon, December 6th, through Sunday morning, December 15, 2019, at the Applegate Jesuit Retreat Center, near the Sierra foothills. It’s a beautiful, very private 350-acre center, nestled in California’s historic gold country. The closest airport is Sacramento, about 50 miles SW of the center.

Because of the length of this retreat and the adherence to the Eight Precepts, you must previously have sat at least one five-day meditation retreat. Retreatants are requested to attend the entire retreat, from registration time to the closing ceremony on Sunday morning at approx. 11am. The facility is accessible for people in wheelchairs. We are unable to accommodate special dietary or environmental needs. We will eat a hearty breakfast and, in keeping with this monastic tradition, the daily meal (vegetarian) is eaten before noon; there is no evening meal or use of kitchen. Incense and candles are used at the morning and evening chanting periods. Note that this is a double-occupancy rooming setup (there are only a few single rooms available for elders and those with serious medical conditions). This is a beautiful center with comfortable accommodations. Camping or trailers are not possible for our retreat.

The retreat will be offered solely on dana (freewill donations); there is no set fee.

(UPDATE: Aug. 19, 2019 - Registration is Still Open)
~~Registration/lottery is open July 15 – August 15, 2019 and applicants will be notified early September. Please note: no deposit refunds after October 31, 2019. Thank you for your understanding.

To register, you must download the Retreat Flyer PDF, fill it out, and mail it along with the deposit check to Paul Friedlander at:

Paul Friedlander
722 Prospect Avenue
Oakland 94610

(UPDATE: Aug. 19, 2019 - Registration is Still Open)
The filled out form and deposit check must be postmarked by XXXXXX 2019 in order for it to be acccepted.

The retreat manager this year is Kathy Cheney. Please take a moment to add her email address to your address book: kacheneynew@gmail.com.

August Ordinations

3pm in Main Dhamma Hall on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019 - Bhikkhu Ordination for Sāmaṇera Cittapālo

All are welcome to attend the formal ceremonies for Sāmaṇera Cittapālo to enter the monastic sangha as a bhikkhu and Anagārika Nicholas to take on the sāmaṇera (novice monk) training. The event details are:

Sāmaṇera Ordination
Friday, August 23rd during evening puja, beginning at 7pm :
Anagārika Nicholas will go forth into brown robes taking sāmaṇera (novice monk) ordination

Bhikkhu Ordination
Sunday, August 25th
Bhikkhu Ordination Ceremony for Sāmaṇera Cittapālo