20th Anniversary Recap

20th Anniversary Recap

On June 4th, 2016, many people gathered at Abhayagiri to meet old friends, celebrate and share reflections on the past 20 years. The audio and photos from the day are now available. 20th Anniversary Audio and Photos Note: We were honored to have Somkid, a professional photographer from Thailand, come and take a number of photographs that weekend. We will be showcasing more of her photos, including…

Memorial to Ruth Denison

Memorial to Ruth Denison

The Abhayagiri community took the opportunity of our 20th anniversary celebration to create a memorial for the late Ruth Denison. The plaque on a beautifully created wooden urn simply reads: “A beloved pioneer of Buddhism in the West who guided many with her compassion, wisdom and clarity.” There were many exchanges between Ruth and Abhayagiri over the years, with the monks visiting her meditation…

Bhikkhu and Sāmaņera Ordinations on Sunday, June 5th

Bhikkhu and Sāmaņera Ordinations on Sunday, June 5th

Sunday, June 5th: Ordination Ceremony for Sāmaṇera Kondañño, Sāmaṇera Jāgaro and Anagārika Armand. All are welcome to attend the formal ceremony in which the Sāmaṇera Kondañño and Sāmaṇera Jāgaro will enter the monastic Saṅgha as bhikkhus and Anagārika Armand will take the brown robes of a novice. The ceremony will take place at the ordination platform. We plan to hold the ceremony around 1 pm. Pl…

Abhayagiri's 20th Anniversary on Saturday, June 4th

Abhayagiri's 20th Anniversary on Saturday, June 4th

Come celebrate 20 years of Abhayagiri. The first monastery in the United States to be established by followers of Ajahn Chah, Abhayagiri was founded in 1996 in the mountainous forests of Mendocino County, California. The origins of the monastery can be traced to Northern California visits in the early 1980s by Ajahn Sumedho, Ajahn Chah’s senior western disciple. In 1995, Venerable Master Hsüan Hua…

Ajahn Amaro to Visit in 2016

Ajahn Amaro to Visit in 2016

We are pleased to announce that Ajahn Amaro has returned to the United States through June of 2016. He starts at the Pacific Hermitage arriving May 26. Please check the Pacific Hermitage website for more information. He then will arrive at Abhayagiri by June 1. Although we have no capacity for overnight guests at this time, all are welcome to come to Abhayagiri as day visitors. Scheduled Events Ju…

Forest Practice

Forest Practice

Forest Practice Earlier in the year we reported that we were hoping to do an event based on a practice they do at Chithurst Monastery called Forest Month. We decided to only do a week, and call it Forest Practice. It was billed as a period of time to focus on a work project while having a lot of emphasis on Dhamma practice. We also were planning to work with our Christian neighbors at Mt Tabor. Fo…

Abhayagiri Featured in Ukiah Daily Journal

Abhayagiri Featured in Ukiah Daily Journal

The Ukiah Daily Journal has recently published a story about Abhayagiri and its upcoming 20th anniversary. Here is a small excerpt: > Riding on dirt roads through forested woodlands, standing in the back of a pickup truck with Ajahn Pasanno, the gentle and unassuming abbot of Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery in Redwood Valley, he points out the small cabins constructed over the past 20 years that ser…

Ajahn Dtun to Visit Abhayagiri in May 2016

Ajahn Dtun to Visit Abhayagiri in May 2016

During the month of May 2016, Abhayagiri will receive one of Thailand’s most prominent meditation masters and disciples of Luang Por Chah, Venerable Tan Ajahn Dtun (Thiracitto). He is expected to arrive at Abhayagiri on Sunday, May 22nd and will depart Sunday, May 29th. He will also be invited to offer Dhamma reflections on the Lunar Observance Day of Saturday, May 28th. Although we have no capaci…

Ajahn Sucitto to Visit Abhayagiri in April 2016

Ajahn Sucitto to Visit Abhayagiri in April 2016

We are pleased to announce that Ajahn Sucitto, the former abbot of the Cittaviveka (Chithurst) Buddhist Monastery in England, will be visiting Abhayagiri from April 19th through April 22nd. He will then continue to make visits and teachings throughout the United States through June. Please consult his website for more information. He will be invited to offer reflections on the Lunar Observance eve…

Songkran 2016 Videos and Photos

Songkran 2016 Videos and Photos

On Sunday, April 10, the Thai New Year celebration (Songkran) ceremony was held here at Abhayagiri. Many people came out that day to share in the meal offering, take the 3 refuges and 5 precepts and participate in the water pouring ceremony. Some of the lay supporters provided the following videos and pictures of the event to share with everybody. Please enjoy. Videos Photos [Songkran 2016 Photos]…