Monk's Picks: Best of Abhayagiri Dhamma Talks

There are now nearly 1,000 Dhamma talks on the Abhayagiri web page, and the sheer number of talks can be a bit daunting. Recently the volunteers who mail our books told us that prisoners who don’t have access to mp3 players are still requesting audio CDs. Thus we posted a question in the monk’s room: “If you were in prison and had access to only two Abhayagiri Dhamma talks, which would you choose?” The five talks suggested by various monks were so inspiring that we thought we would share the list on our website.

Ajahn Pasanno, Developing in Virtue, May 19, 2012 Ajahn Pasanno describes the importance of sīla (virtue) as a foundation for practice. He bases the talk on two suttas (one of them AN 8.39) and includes the classic stories of Master Hsu Yun taming bandits on a bus and Ajahn Chah ordaining the hit man paid to kill him.

Ajahn Sucitto, Running Away from Phantoms, May 26, 2007.

Ajahn Pasanno, Mindfulness of Breathing, February 12, 2011. Ajahn Pasanno gives a short course on the 16 steps of anāpānasati. More detailed instructions can be found on the Anāpānasati CD.

Ajahn Dtun, Cutting Out Attachment to the Body (English only, English/Thai), May 9, 2013. After telling an anecdote from the day’s almsround, Ajahn Dtun goes on to describe the path to liberation. He emphasizes the importance of keeping precepts and then explains how contemplating the true nature of the body leads to each of the four stages of liberation. This talk was translated by Ajahn Tejapañño.

Ajahn Dick Sīlaratano, Living with Luang Ta Maha Boowa, June 9, 2007. Ajahn Dick Silaratano encourages the Abhayagiri community in their practice by describing how he arrived at Luang Ta Maha Boowa’s monastery and eventually became Luang Ta’s personal attendant for many years.

We hope that these talks are of benefit to your practice.

Gift to Ajahn Pasanno Sunday, Dec. 15

As a gift to our beloved teacher, the Abhayagiri community is improving the access trail to Ajahn Pasanno’s cabin. This improved access will be of great benefit to him. Most of the work is being completed by a mini-excavator, but we need assistance in hauling and spreading gravel for a good surface. Sunday, December 15, we plan to have an all-day work project to do the hauling and spreading of the gravel. There will be work suitable to those not 100% fit.

If you would like to join us, and make lots of merit in the process, you are welcome to come join us. There is no need to contact us in advance, but if you come for the morning work period please arrive in time for either the 7:00 am breakfast or the 7:30 am work meeting. If you come for the afternoon period only there will be a work meeting at 12:30 pm for the afternoon session.

We have been having a Saturday morning community work period but this all-day project supersedes project.

Abhayagiri 2013 Photo Album Published

Each fall, Abhayagiri Monastery creates a photo album of the year’s events for Ajahn Pasanno to take on his December visit to Thailand. The album includes photographs of ordinations, festivals, visiting teachers, travel, ongoing construction, and nature. It is available for free as an ebook and can be ordered from Blurb for the cost of printing. The photos in this book can also be viewed in the online gallery.

Winter Retreat 2013 Audio Released

We finally finished an mp3 CD of the readings and reflections from the 2013 Abhayagiri Winter Retreat. The retreat theme was Dhammānupassanāsatipaṭṭhāna: The Fourth Foundation of Mindfulness. It began with a series of introductory talks on meditation by Ajahn Pasanno and continued with Ajahn Pasanno, Ajahn Karuṇadhammo, and Ajahn Jotipālo reading selections from the Pāli canon and other sources focused on the five aspects of mindfulness of dhammas (mind objects) from the Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta: the five hindrances, five aggregates, six sense bases, seven factors of enlightenment, and the four noble truths. The audio is 30 hours long. The CD index file lists the sources for each reading, and the CD contains pdf files of free distribution sources.

The mp3 CD is available for free distribution on the books page. The same material with somewhat lower audio quality is available for download as a 340 MB zip file on the audio page.

Reception Hall Construction Updates

Much of the this past week was spent preparing for the lower level walkway concrete pour. The crew also built the forms to pour one of the retaining wall, and some hand digging was done to prevent damage to the roots of large oak tree near the building. On Friday both of those pour happened. There will be one more pour happening, hopefully next week.

We hope to provide a weekly up-date to the construction project along with photos. So please check back often and follow the progress.

Photo Gallerys (updated November 1st):

November 1st Update:

This past week there were two concrete pours, one on Wednesday and one on Friday. These pours completed the structural slab. The building is finally starting to look like a building! Next week work on a retaining wall will start and one more concrete pour of the walkway around the backside of the building hopefully will get poured as well.

October 25th Update:

The last of the concrete stem wall foundations were poured this week. Once the wooden forms were removed, the final installation of drain pipes and utility lines were set in place, then several inches of drain rock were added on top of this. That work was fun to watch as a special truck was brought in to literally throw the rock into place. The next phase of work will be to pour the under slab of the building. The preparation work will include laying a vapor barrier and more rebar.

October 18th Update:

This week was relatively quiet. At the Reception Hall site, form boards were installed for the remainder of the foundation. We anticipate a concrete pour mid-next week. Prayer flags now adorn the construction fence in preparation for Kathina on October 20.

Two 5,000 gallon tanks for fire suppression were installed at the site of the old workshop and connected to the 4-inch water line and fire hydrant installed in August. A tap water line near the reception hall broke during the construction process, and we plan to fill the fire suppression tanks once we replace the water lost from this leak in our reserve tanks.

October 11th Update:

The week began with the removal by crane of the temporary retaining wall, which had been in place for nearly ten weeks. This meant the end of rental fees for the steel beams and plates that formed the wall. A more permanent safety fence replaced the temporary one. Much plumbing was installed. Finally, 55 yards of concrete were pumped into the stem wall forms.

Meanwhile, we have been less than impressed with the performance and longevity of the doors and windows installed in the Bhikkhu Commons. Since the Reception Hall doors and windows will cost over $100,000, choosing quiet, low-maintenance ones is a high priority. To see how name-brand fenestration performs under actual use, Ajahn Pasanno accompanied the architect and contractors on a day-long tour of real-life installations of commercial doors and windows.

October 4th Update:

Some much needed rain over the weekend, caused some unwanted construction delays at the beginning of the week. The first few days of the week were too wet to work and once conditions dried up, much labor was needed to remove mud from the bottom of the footing trenches.

As you can see from the photos, much work did get completed with almost all of the 700 feet of stem wall forms being installed. Also the drain pipes and drain rock have been successfully installed.

Early next week we hope the temporary steel retaining walls will be removed and by the end of the week the bulk of the stem walls will be poured.

September 26th Update:

Construction appears to be moving forward quite quickly now that the retaining wall has been completed. This week two crews have been busy marking, digging and setting forms for the building foundations. With the area being marked off you get a pretty clear idea of what the finished building might look like. A third crew completed water-proofing the retaining wall. Now that the retaining wall has cured for several weeks and the wall is water-proofed, early next week the plan is to back-fill the wall with drain rock and remove the temporary steel retaining wall. We also hope to pour some of the footings and foundation walls next week. This concrete pour will be a large job and will take two or three separate pours to complete.

September 19th Update:

This past week saw a lot of work completed. The top two feet of the retaining wall was completed with the concrete pour happening on Wednesday. Once the concrete was set, the crew began removing the plywood forms and two rows of scaffolding.

Most of the work over the last four weeks has been to build the forms to pour the concrete retaining wall, plus the construction of two sets of scaffolding to aid in this process. It was interesting that those four weeks of effort were dismantled in two days! That’s the nature of construction work.

The next phase will include waterproofing the concrete retaining wall. Back-filling the wall with drainage pipes and drain rock. Once that is complete, we can remove the steel retaining wall. The next big project will be pouring the main building slab. This last job will require building some forms, installing drain pipes and plumbing, plus doing some digging and grading.

September 12th Update:

This week, construction to the plywood forms was completed and on Thursday, Sept. 12th forty-five yards of concrete was delivered to pour the permanent retaining wall. Due to the height of this wall it will require two pours. Next week the remaining two or three feet of the retaining wall will need to have re-bar installed and the top part of the forms set in place. Hopefully the wall will be complete by mid-week.

September 7th Update:

The forms for the retaining wall are taking shape. Latest pictures show the snap-tie grid all up and the plywood forms on the front side partially complete.

August 30th Update:

Everything went as planned! Monday 86 yards of concrete were poured for the footings of the retaining wall. Tuesday the crew started building the forms for the permanent retaining wall. This work will probably take a couple weeks.

August 23rd Update:

If delays were the theme last week, this week’s theme was progress. All of the re-bar has been set in place and on Monday we hope to pour 80 yards of concrete! Those large cement mixing truck you have probably seen, haul about 9 yards. Besides pouring the concrete for the footings, next week we hope to start framing the forms for the permanent retaining wall.

Other work that got done this week was laying the water pipe for the fire suppression system. The line is completely in place, along with a new fire hydrant which is mostly hidden from view by the bell tower and a large rock. The next step of that project is to create a concrete pad and install one or two large water storage tanks.

August 16th Update:

Delays were the theme this week. However, significant work has been done on laying the water pipe for the fire suppression system. The delays occurred here because the mini excavator broke down and it took two days to get it fixed.The contractor who will be doing most of the building on the reception hall was delayed by another job. His crew arrived today and they now will be working full time at Abhayagiri.

August 8th Update:Week three saw the completion of the temporary retaining structure, plus the digging of the footings for the “permanent” retaining wall. The two major projects we hope to start next week are the framing of those footings, plus trenching up the road to lay water pipes. These pipes will be used exclusively for a fire suppression system in the Reception Hall / Cloister area.

August 1st Update:

Week two of construction ended up being a lot slower than we hoped. Shortly after last week’s photos were taken, a section of the cut earth bank collapsed. The original plan had been to construct a temporary retaining structure along this earth bank, to protect the workers while they built the permanent retaining wall. Due to this set-back a civil engineer was brought in and he quickly provided us with a plan to secure the earth. As you can see from this week’s photos, work to complete the temporary retaining structure has begun and we are hopeful that construction of the proper retaining walls will start next week.

July 23rd Update:

Abhayagiri’s largest building project has begun! The two story complex will include a spacious meditation hall, a larger and more modern kitchen, office, library, guest rooms, child care room, bathrooms and showers for laymen, laundry, a small shrine room / reliquary, plus covered decks and storage rooms.This project will take some years to complete and in 2013 we hope to complete the following projects:

Phase 1 of construction: - structural foundation

  • retaining walls
  • underfloor plumbing
  • waterproofing
  • back retaining wall
  • Other work to be done in phase: water tanks and trenching for fire sprinkler system.

Hopefully in the spring of 2014 we can begin phase 2. The scope of this phase would include: - Completion of Reception Hall buildings

  • Demolition of the existing house
  • Courtyard drainage, landscaping, and wheel chair accessible paths
  • Walkways tied together and Pavilion construction.

Abhayagiri Kathina 2013

On Sunday, October 20th, over 300 lay supporters arrived on the Abhayagiri Monastery grounds to celebrate a 2600 year old tradition offering cloth donations and other material requisites to the monks who have stayed at Abhayagiri for the entire 2013 rains residence from July 23rd to October 19th.

Along with Ajahn Jayasaro, 15 Thai lay men and women came to support the building of Abhayagiri’s new Reception Hall, bringing over $220,000 with them from various donors in Thailand. An additional $100,000 was added by the local community and other visitors. This roughly $320,000 will go toward the building of the next phase of the Reception Hall (please refer to the construction section of the website for photos and articles about the Hall).

As for the rest of the day, the monks labored away according to the rules of the Kathina, cutting, sewing and dying cloth to make a new robe for Ajahn Ñaniko. This robe was offered at a ceremony just before 11:00 pm that same night.

Anumodana to everyone whose generous offerings this 2013 Kathina continue to allow Abhayagiri Monastery to flourish as a practice center of the Buddha’s teachings.

Images Donated for the New Reception Hall

While the foundation for the new Reception Hall is being laid at Abhayagiri Monastery, a stone Buddha image is being carved in Thailand for the main Dhamma Hall and an image of Ajahn Chah is being fashioned for the smaller shrine room on the lower level of this building.

During his 2012 visit to Thailand, Ajahn Pasanno searched for a Buddha image that would be suitable for the new building. He was most impressed with the stone image at Anandagiri, Ajahn Achalo’s monastery. As a side note: Ajahn Achalo was a resident at Abhayagiri from 2000 – 2001. Upon Ajahn Pasanno’s return to the United States, he enlisted Ajahn Achalo’s help to commission a similar image from the same sculptor. This image was fully funded by the donations from an offering ceremony at the Thai New Year, this past April. The gallery below shows photos of a similar image at Ajahn Achalo’s monastery and photos of a partially-carved image that the sculptor decided not to use. The sculptor is now looking for a new block of sandstone to begin-again, as he was not satisfied with the shape the first image was taking.

Plern Petkue has commissioned an image of Ajahn Chah for the small shrine room on the lower level of the Reception Hall. The latter images in the gallery show photographs of this image.

May both images inspire faith and goodness in those who visit the completed Reception Hall.

Reception Hall Buddha and Ajahn Chah Images

Ajahn Jayasaro to Attend Abhayagiri Kathina

We are pleased to announce that Ajahn Jayasaro will attend the Kathina Cermony on Sunday, October 20th. Since the time of the Buddha, this annual ceremony has taken place during the month after the Vassa Retreat, which is the three-month rains retreat season (the monsoon season in Southeast Asia) for the monastic order. It is the time of the year when new robes and other requisites may be offered by the laity to the monks.

Ajahn Jayasaro will give the Saturday night talk in English on October 19. On October 20, Kathina will commence with the meal offering promptly at 11:00 am. After the meal, the robe-offering ceremony will take place, commencing at 1:00 pm, followed by Dhamma talks by Ajahn Jayasaro in Thai and Ajahn Pasanno in English. Please feel free to join us for this special day. Please contact us if you wish to help with any of the practical aspects of the day, such as preparing the monastery for the event.

If you are interested in viewing a list of the material needs of the monastery, please see the Kathina Dana List.

Kathina announcement

What Is the Kathina Ceremony? And How Can You Get Involved?
by Jeannie Bendik

Since the earliest days of Buddhist monastic life a three-month Rains Retreat has been observed. During this time that begins with the full moon of July, the renunciants would commit to staying in one place to live and practice together. As the name suggests, the rainy season was a logical time to stop the wandering aspect of the homeless life since travel during this time was so difficult. When this practice period (also called the vassa or pansa) was over, the lay community supporting the monastery gathered to celebrate the completion of the retreat with a festival called the Kathina.

Though the monsoon season affects life less in modern times, the tradition of the Rains Retreat continues. And while summer and early autumn are the driest times in California’s Mediterranean climate, the Kathina celebration at Abhayagiri also marks the end of the Rains Retreat. The Kathina day begins with a traditional meal offering and is followed by chanting and taking the precepts. A Dhamma talk is offered and the celebration includes gifts of supplies that are needed by the community for the coming year. A central gift is the offering of cloth for monastic robes. Traditionally the monastic robes were sewn together from bits of cloth collected from charnel grounds. At some point, a generous supporter decided to offer fresh, clean cloth for a robe, and that continues in the formal part of the Kathina ceremony. Even today, an individual (or sometimes a group) will ask to offer the Kathina cloth. Some years at Abhayagiri the cloth has been offered by the Ft. Bragg lay Sangha, in other years by long-distance supporters from Thailand, and once by the Sanghapala Board of Directors.

If you haven’t attended a Kathina celebration before, you’re in for a treat. I’ve come to think of it as the equivalent of all our lay holidays rolled into one. There is the abundance of Thanksgiving with gratitude for the completion of a long retreat and for having monastics in this country. The chance to gather together with gifts resembles the winter holidays of Hanukkah and Christmas, combined with a kind of birthday anniversary marking another year of monastic life. It’s a particularly joyous time to show appreciation for those who have gone forth into the homeless life and who provide support and inspiration to lay practitioners. It’s especially timely as fall and winter draw nearer, when visitors become less frequent and a full storeroom of supplies is so valuable.

If you are new to the Kathina celebration, you might be wondering how to join in. There are many ways to take part and greatly varying degrees of offering support. For those living near enough to attend in person, there are many tasks to be done ahead of time. The day before, you might find yourself making signs, helping put up awnings, arranging flowers or hanging prayer flags. On the day of the Kathina there are even more ways to pitch in, from directing cars for parking to receiving food, tidying bathrooms to the inevitable clean up. It’s a joy to work together with both lay and monastic community members.

If you can’t attend because of distance or calendar conflicts, you can still take part in the Kathina offering. If you enjoy shopping for a specific item that you know is needed, a Kathina “wish list” is available. Many small and medium-sized gifts can be sent by mail. You can notify a contact person when you’ve chosen what you’d like to give, and they will update the list accordingly, which helps eliminate duplication. Financial offerings are also gratefully received. Abhayagiri has many ongoing expenses. You can designate your gift for general operating costs such as medical insurance or utility bills or earmark your contribution for building projects or publications. Gifts of all sizes and kinds provide needed support and bring much happiness to both givers and recipients.

Whether you are able to come and enjoy the actual day of Kathina or can only participate in spirit, it is a rich experience to lend a hand, in whatever way, to the support of Abhayagiri. The monastic Sangha, as alms mendicants, exists completely through the generosity of lay supporters. In turn, the teachings offered by monastics (both by formal talks and by living example) are given freely. Their generous example helps our dana (generosity) flow out in response. It’s such a lovely circle of giving and receiving between the lay and monastic communities.

I recall a story of several medieval craftsmen working on an enormous church. When asked what each was doing, the first answered that he was building a wall in the nave. Another replied that he was carving a panel for a side door. The wisest worker responded, “I am building a cathedral.” No matter how we give or whether it’s in person or from a distance, we too are “building a monastery.” Please join us in whatever way you can as we celebrate the end of the Rains Retreat, this year on October 20th, 2013.

Practicing in Tandem: Abhayagiri and the Buddhist Bicycle Pilgrimage

Sometime during the afternoon of the last Sunday of September, a rolling community of bicyclists and supporting volunteers will stream up Tomki Road and arrive at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery. For at least a week before these dusty, lycra-clad pilgrims dismount from their bicycles, the monastic community will have been preparing for their arrival—discussing logistics, setting up canopies, and finding a role for each community member to support the effort.

The day itself when the bicycle pilgrims arrive will be busy. Word will have gone out amongst the monks that this is not a time for solitude and retreat but rather for active engagement with the visitors. If the afternoon is hot, junior monastics may greet the riders with a fine mist of cooling water from hoses. Then the pilgrims will freshen up and gather for the weekend’s closing ceremony and the final Dhamma talk of their spiritual journey before returning to their homes in the Bay Area.

So will end the 12th annual Buddhist Bicycle Pilgrimage (BBP). The pilgrimage is a two-day, 135-mile journey by bicycle from the Bay Area. It begins early Saturday morning at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in West Marin with opening ceremonies; travels on to Sae Taw Win II Dharma Center for lunch and teachings; and pauses for the evening at the KOA campground near Cloverdale, with dinner, meditation, and a Dhamma talk before the night’s rest. The following morning the pilgrims ride north into Mendocino County en route to the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas for lunch and a tour, and then continue on to Redwood Valley and their final destination, Abhayagiri.

At each of these stops, the pilgrims meditate and hear Buddhist teachings related to the annual spiritual theme of the pilgrimage (the 2013 theme being “generosity” or dana). In between, the volunteers, many of whom have also ridden their bikes in previous pilgrimages, provision rest stops and offer the cyclists physical and psychic nourishment as well as technical assistance. Over the years, Abhayagiri monastics have also accompanied the riders in the monastery minivan, stopping at each rest stop to offer encouragement and good cheer and later leading the Saturday evening and Sunday morning meditations at the campground.

“Just seeing so many people come together to create this event has been a wonderful experience,” says Ajahn Jotipalo, who has been part of each of the first 11 bicycle pilgrimages. “To see all this happen with almost complete harmony and good will is amazing.”

Renee Rivera rode the pilgrimage in its second and third years and plans to ride again in 2013. She says, “I’m part of a community of people who both bike and practice Buddhism, so there seems to be a connection.” Renee, who spent part of her girlhood in Redwood Valley and now heads the East Bay Bicycle Coalition, has been practicing and learning about Buddhism for more than a decade. She first heard about the bike pilgrimage at Abhayagiri’s “First Tuesday” meditation group in Berkeley. “Biking to get around always brings me into the moment. I’m out in the world, I notice things, I feel connected to the landscape that’s underneath the urban landscape. Those things feel connected to my meditation practice. In a way, bicycling is a kind of rolling meditation.”

How It All Began

Since the pilgrimage’s inception in 2002, Abhayagiri has been the goal and end point for the ride. In a sense it was also the ride’s starting point.

The ride began as the brainchild of upāsakā Dennis Crean, who traveled frequently between Berkeley and the monastery before he moved permanently to Redwood Valley in 2002. Dennis first thought he would map out a weekend ride from the Bay Area to Abhayagiri for himself and a friend. Somehow the idea mushroomed to include dozens of new friends. Over the course of a year, while he was also rehabbing his new home, Dennis drove, then cycled, every section of his proposed ride, negotiated with rest stop hosts, connected with Buddhist monasteries and centers along his proposed route, and worked through all the complex logistics of a multi-day ride. His efforts resulted in the template for the bike pilgrimage that, with slight annual adjustments, is used to this day. Dennis now serves as the “spiritual coordinator” of the ride, the person who suggests the meditation theme for each year’s pilgrimage.

“For people who are mostly there as cyclists,” Dennis observes, “this ride may give them a different perspective on a cycling community, like riding at a slower pace or with a different intention, being in the present moment and looking out for each other. In a longer-term sense, for people who are newly curious about meditation or Buddhism, it’s often their first time to visit the spiritual centers on our route, so they learn more about who and what is out there.”

Carrying on the Tradition of Dana

During his initial planning for the ride, Dennis relied heavily on the monastery for guidance and material and moral support. Abhayagiri was the fiscal sponsor for the ride in its first year, before passing on that responsibility the next year to the newly formed nonprofit Dharma Wheels Foundation, which now organizes logistics and coordinates the ride.

More importantly, Abhayagiri profoundly shaped the ethos of the ride. Having ridden and been inspired by a large AIDS fundraising ride, Dennis first thought the BBP ride might also function as a formal fundraiser for Abhayagiri, with riders gathering pledges of support from family and friends. But after some deliberation, the monastery decided that that was not their way. As a result, since its inception, the BBP has followed the tradition of dana. There are no fees or minimum donations required of riders. Instead, the costs of the event are covered by voluntary donations from riders and volunteers alike. And at the end of the weekend, leftover food and all remaining funds are offered to the four centers that have provided spiritual guidance for the ride.

“In our tradition, we undertake something called tudong,” explains Ajahn Jotipalo. “We walk on faith, without carrying any money or food, and pay respects at holy spots or seek out teachers. This pilgrimage has that element as well. The bicycle pilgrims are setting out on faith, and the organizers rely on donated food for the rest stops and don’t charge the riders. The riders have to make the effort to do the journey, and it is unknown what will happen. Something that’s neat about tudong are the strong bonds we make with the people we’re walking with or whom we meet on the road. This pilgrimage gives a taste of that as well.”

Connecting with Abhayagiri

Both Dennis and Ajahn Jotipalo see the BBP as offering a kind of invitation for pilgrims to become more connected with Abhayagiri and the other spiritual centers they visit.

In 2007, while still a layman, Venerable Kovilo saw the ride as exactly that kind of invitation and jumped on it. “When I heard about the bicycle pilgrimage, I already had a strong inclination to ordain and had heard good things about Abhayagiri. But I had never even visited the place before and didn’t own a car to get there. So I thought I would just show up at Spirit Rock the morning of the ride with my regular street bike and do the 140-mile trek to Abhayagiri, no problem. A week or so before the event, I realized I wasn’t really in any kind of shape to ride that far, so I decided instead to help drive a support vehicle and do odds and ends helping out however I could along the way. Once I’d arrive at Abhayagiri, I figured that, whatever the conditions were, I would just be with it and hopefully they would let me ordain.”

Not every pilgrim has leapt toward life as a monk at Abhayagiri, but as Ajahn Jotipalo says, “Just having this little bit of invitation means somebody might come to the monastery who otherwise would never visit here. And once they’ve seen ‘Oh, those monks are really quite normal,’ they might have a stronger impulse to come back again in the future.”

For more information about the 12th annual Buddhist Bicycle Pilgrimage (or to join as a cyclist or volunteer), visit www.dharmawheels.org.

Alden Mudge lives in Berkeley and first rode in the BBP back in 2002.

Ajahn Viradhammo Visits Abhayagiri

Ajahn Viradhammo, abbot of the Tisarana Monastery in Ontario, Canada is expected to visit Abhayagiri from 05 Sep evening through 11 Sep.