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Going forth of Sāmaṇera Khantiko, Anāgārika Doug, and Anāgārika John

In place of the usual Saturday night Dhamma talk on May 17, 2014, Abhayagiri Monastery celebrated three ordinations. After a year of anāgārika training, Anāgārika Anthony took on the brown robes of a novice monk. Ajahn Pasanno gave him the name Sāmaṇera Khantiko, which means “the patient one.” After living here for several months as laypeople, Doug and John donned white robes and joined the noble order of anāgārikas. Sāmaṇera Khantiko’s mother and two of John’s friends attended the ceremony.

Slide show in the Abhayagiri gallery

Audio recording of Ajahn Pasanno’s advice to the newly gone forth

Monks in Willits newspaper

Abhayagiri monks were invited by lay supporter Steve Keyes of Willits to walk alms round in his town. At the inaugural visit the local newspaper, The Willits Weekly, sent a reporter to cover the event. An article appeared in their 01 May 2014 issue.

May And June Ordinations

On Saturday, May 17th, Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery will be holding an ordination ceremony. Anagārika Anthony will be ordaining as a novice, and John and Doug will be ordaining as Anagārikas. The ceremony will begin after evening chanting and meditation session starting at 7:30pm and presided by Luang Por Pasanno.

In addition, the Sāmaṇera Suhajjo will be ordaining as a bhikkhu on Saturday, June 22. The community invites anybody who is interested to attend the ceremony.

Sāmaṇera Suhajjo is from Los Angeles, California, Anagārika Anthony is from Nashville, Tennessee, Doug is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and John is from Los Angeles, California.

Sravasti Nuns Help Plant at OGM

Four monastics from Sravasti Abbey drove over to OGM from Newport to help out with the planting, share the meal, and go for a hike. Venerables Semkye, Chonyi, Samten, and Damcho worked with the monks and lay people to put in 180 trees in about an hour. The local newspaper, the Ferry County View,sent out a reporter to record the occasion.

The nuns gifted OGM with 4 beautiful trees; three Japanese Maples and a Grand Fir. The Sravasti Abbey monastics are part of the Tibetan lineage. Founded in 2003 by Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron, the Abbey is a place for women and men to ordain and train in the Dharma. Pictures

Tree Planting at OGM

A group of monks from Abhayagiri and Pacific Hermitage along with anagarikas, a samanera, and six lay supporters are visiting the Old Gold Mine Hermitage (OGM) in North-Central Washington to plant trees. OGM is run by Roger Fox, a longtime friend of the monastic community. The hermitage is offered as a place for personal retreat. A fire in 2010 damaged the forest and this week-long visit is part of the reforestation effort.The tree-planting crew at work

We’ll be here through Wednesday, May 7th. We’re expecting a visit from the nuns of Sravasti Abbey in Eastern Washington on Tuesday, who will pitch in and help us finish the job. More than a 1000 trees will be planted by the group before the end of the week.

Visit to Mt. Tabor

On 15 April, Luang Por Pasanno and a small contingent of monks and lay supporters went to visit our nearby neighbors, the community of monks at the Holy Transfiguration Monastery, also known simply as Mt. Tabor.

See more photos from the Mt. Tabor visit

The group was warmly greeted by the Mt. Tabor Abbot, father Damian, who led us on a tour of the monastery including their beautiful church and outdoor precessional shrine. We were treated to an exposition and all-too-brief overview of the icons and iconography involved in the altar, dome, and walls of the church. Father Damian is a master iconographer and his lyrical explanation of the symbology underscored the archetypal nature of the transcendent. Our paths are different, but the end is not. The visit strengthened the bond of friendship between the two communities.

Community Work Afternoons

If you are looking for a way to support the Abhayagiri community and want to connect to the residents in a working environment, then you are welcome to come join us once a month for an afternoon work project. The first three of these work periods are scheduled for the last Saturday of the month (April 26th). (UPDATE: May 31st and June 28th were cancelled.) The work period will start with a work meeting at 1 pm and the work will probably end by 4 pm. You are welcome to come join us for the 11:00 AM meal and stay for tea at 4:30 pm and evening puja at 7:30 pm followed by a Dhamma talk.

The work projects will include tasks requiring a range of skills and physical abilities. We will attempt to have everybody working on one project. Possible work projects include trail maintenance, splitting and stacking firewood, and painting.

There is no need to contact us in advance if you would like to join us.

Audio and Transcripts of Ajahn Passano's visit to BIA in December, 2013

We’re pleased to present audio recordings and transcripts of Ajahn Pasanno’s one day meditation workshop at the BIA (Buddhadasa Indapanno Archives) center in Bangkok on December 16, 2013.

During the month of December, Ajahn Pasanno goes on an annual trip to Thailand to maintain Abhayagiri’s connection with the community there. He offers teachings at a variety of venues and visits a number of monasteries and practice centers, including Wat Pah Nanachat, the International Forest Monastery where he was abbot for 16 years.

Afternoon Session: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Transcript

Evening Session: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Transcript

Pictures (from BIA website).

Ajahn Pasanno's Annual Trip to Thailand (2013)

During the month of December, Ajahn Pasanno goes on an annual trip to Thailand to maintain Abhayagiri’s connection with the community there. He offers teachings at a variety of venues and visits a number of monasteries and practice centers, including Wat Pah Nanachat, the International Forest Monastery where he was abbot for 16 years. Ajahn Pasanno ordained in Thailand in 1974 and spent many years studying with the renowned meditation master, Ajahn Chah.

Here are two links to pictures taken at two different events at the BIA (Buddhadasa Indapanno Archives) center in Bangkok:

Reception Hall Phase 1 Completed -- Phase 2 on Hold

In mid July of 2013 we began phase 1 of construction to the new Reception Hall. Ideally, starting construction work in April is preferred; starting in July was a bit risky as we feared early fall rains would cause delays and create a messy work environment. Our contractor assured us he could get the job done, so we proceeded. Little did we know rain was not going to be a problem. All of this work was completed on time, the work was well done and it all came in at, or under, budget.

Here is a brief list of all the items we completed in phase 1.

  • structural foundations
  • retaining walls
  • underfloor plumbing
  • waterproofing
  • back retaining wall
  • water tanks and pipes for fire sprinkler system.

The entire building project is a two story complex, which will include a spacious meditation hall, a larger and more efficient kitchen, office, library, guest rooms, child care room, laymen bathrooms and showers, laundry, a small shrine room/reliquary, plus covered decks and storage rooms. Future projects associated with this building will include demolition of the existing house, courtyard drainage, landscaping, wheel chair accessible paths, covered walkways that tie into all of the existing buildings and the construction of a small pavilion/covered deck near the abbot’s office.

This entire project probably will take some years to complete, funding being the determining factor. We are considering breaking the remaining work into several phases. If we do this, phase 2 would consist of completing the main structure to a point where it would be protected from the weather. The structure would have finished exterior walls, finished roofs, windows and doors. This work could be completed in one building season. The estimate for completing this phase is $900,000. We have received a considerable amount of donations, but are well below the amount we need to proceed with phase 2. Just for people’s information, phase 3, the completion of the whole project, would be almost an additional $1 million dollars in order for us to occupy the building. These are embarrassingly high numbers, but it seems to be what it costs these days to build in California!

After phase 1 was completed, Garman and Sons Construction, who did most of the heavy equipment projects, volunteered their time and services to grade and add gravel to our extensive road system in the monastery, which had suffered much erosion over the years. Much appreciation to them and the many people who helped make this a successful building season.