Reception Hall Construction Updates

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 cons…

Abhayagiri Kathina 2013

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…

Images Donated for the New Reception Hall

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…

Ajahn Jayasaro to Attend Abhayagiri Kathina

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…

Practicing in Tandem: Abhayagiri and the Buddhist Bicycle Pilgrimage

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 f…

Ajahn Viradhammo Visits Abhayagiri

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.

A Birthday Gift for Abhayagiri

A Birthday Gift for Abhayagiri

On June 16, 2013, a large assembly gathered high up on the Abhayagiri mountainside for a ceremony that happens about once a year at the monastery – the addition of one more fully ordained monk into the monastic Sangha. However, this year the ordination area was noticeably improved. As the laity watched Samanera Sudhīro become Sudhīro Bhikkhu, they sat comfortably on a newly leveled area recently c…

Tudong Progress (June 28)

Tudong Progress (June 28)

Our two monks on tudong (‘wandering’) are making their way North up the coast towards the Pacific Hermitage. Here are their latest messages: > (June 16) “We followed the Coast Trail (CT) from Klamath to Enders Beach and camped. Walked 3 miles on beach into Crescent City. The CT is an excellent alternative to 101, goes all the way up Oregon Coast.” > > (June 17) “We are currently staying on Reserva…

Upāsika Day and Ordination

Upāsika Day and Ordination

Upcoming Events at Abhayagiri: Saturday, June 15 - Upāsika Day: “Devotion and Ritual: A Monastic’s Life.” An exploration of various ceremonies and activities specific to the monastics’ way of life and how they apply in lay life. The day will include topics such as a monk’s confession of offenses and the Patimokkha (the fortnightly recitation of the monks’ 227 precepts) and how it informs the monks…

Tudong Monks Spotted in northern California

Tudong Monks Spotted in northern California

At mid-day on June 1, 2013 , Ajahn Ñāniko and Tan Thitābho set off on foot from Abhayagiri to walk north to the Pacific Hermitage in White Salmon, Washington. They are engaged in a traditional walking pilgrimage, commonly known as a tudong. On Sat., June 8, Doug Sherman caught up with them in Eureka, CA and provided a few photos of them as the go along in their journey. The photos are available in…