Luang Por Sumedho to Visit Abhayagiri (UPDATED July 7th, 2014)

Luang Por Sumedho to Visit Abhayagiri (UPDATED July 7th, 2014)

Please note: the most reliable and up-to-date information is on our web calendar. Luang Por Sumedho, the most senior Western disciple of Ajahn Chah, will be visiting the [Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery]() from July 8th to July 18th. Here are a list of events involving Luang Por Sumedho: The community will assemble to welcome Luang Por Sumedho at Abhayagiri on the evening of July 8th. Luang Por Sume…

Alms Round Starts in Willits

Alms Round Starts in Willits

With their bright saffron robes, shaved heads and mild demeanors Jotipalo and Kassapo, monks at the Abhayagiri Monastery of Redwood Valley, stand out a bit, even in Willits. On Thursday, June 12, 2014, they were found them peacefully strolling down Main Street from the MacDonald’s to Commercial Street, alms baskets slung over their shoulders, silently waiting to receive alms in the form of food, e…

New Buddha Rupa for Reception Hall - Work in Progress

New Buddha Rupa for Reception Hall - Work in Progress

The carving of the future Buddha image for the new Reception Hall is underway in Thailand. The construction of the large image which will be the frontispiece of the shrine in the new hall was begun late last year. The whole process is being supervised by Ajahn Acalo - former Abhayagiri resident and current abbot of Anandagiri Mountain Hermitage in Petchaboon, Central Thailand.

Change of date for work afternoon

Change of date for work afternoon

This month’s “once a month afternoon work project”, which had been scheduled for Saturday, May 31st has been cancelled. Instead, Friday, May 30th will be an all-day work day in order to complete an urgent project. If it fits your schedule, you are welcome to come on Friday, either for the morning or afternoon or both. The morning work meeting starts at 7:30 am, and the afternoon work meeting will…

Abhayagiri in another local paper

Abhayagiri in another local paper

An article recently appeared in the Ferry County View (Ferry County is is North Central Washington state).

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

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…

Monks in Willits newspaper

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

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…

Sravasti Nuns Help Plant at OGM

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 M…

Tree Planting at OGM

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 o…