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Luang Por Pasanno's Birthday and Taking Leave Celebration - Sunday, July 8 ***Livestream Available***

Join us at the monastery or livestream on Sunday, July 8th in celebrating Luang Por Pasanno’s sixty-ninth birthday and over twenty-years’ leadership as he steps back as abbot of Abhayagiri and leaves for a year-long sabbatical abroad.

After serving as Abhayagiri’s abbot for over two decades, Luang Por Pasanno will step back from that role and enter a year-long retreat overseas. Though he plans on returning after this time to continue as an anchor of wisdom and guidance for the community, the monastery will remain in coming years under the active leadership of co-abbots Ajahn Karunadhammo and Ajahn Ñāniko. Join us to celebrate the birthday and well-deserved sabbatical of our beloved Luang Por after his nearly forty years as the abbot of monasteries in both Thailand and the US.

The celebration will begin after the 11:00 am meal and continue until the usual 2pm Sunday program, which will also feature a talk by visiting teacher, Ajahn Sucitto. Please consult our calendar for more details.

Although we have no capacity for overnight guests the weekend of July 6 - 8, all are welcome to come to Abhayagiri as day visitors.

Ajahn Sucitto to Visit Abhayagiri July 2018

We are pleased to announce that Ajahn Sucitto, the former abbot of the Cittaviveka (Chithurst) Buddhist Monastery in England, will be visiting Abhayagiri from July 7th through July 11th. He will then continue to make visits and teachings throughout the United States throughout July. Please consult his website for more information.

He will be invited to offer reflections during the usual 2pm Sunday Puja on July 8th here at Abhayagiri. Please consult our calendar for more details.

From his website…

Ajahn Sucitto entered monastic life in 1975 in Thailand, but since 1978 has been based in Britain. He spent fourteen years training under Ajahn Sumedho, the senior Western disciple of Ajahn Chah, and so is part of that lineage of direct practice…Ajahn Sucitto himself is based at Cittaviveka Monastery in Chithurst, West Sussex, near Petersfield in southern England.

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June Reception Hall Inauguration Schedule ***Livestream Available***

Join us to celebrate the completion of Abhayagiri’s new Reception Hall with three days of Dhamma reflections and practice. The entire event will be livestreamed on Friday, June 29th, Saturday, June 30th, and Sunday July 1st. In addition to the weekend itself, the days leading up to the celebration will feature a host of talks and arrivals by senior teachers of the Ajahn Chah tradition. The result of six years of work, the new reception hall features a meditation hall, kitchen, library, and other facilities, and will serve as a center for monastic and lay activities in years to come. We hope you can join us for the festivities.

On Saturday, June 30th, and Sunday, July 1st, because we expect many visitors and parking is limited, please plan to arrive to Abhayagiri with at least 3 people in your vehicle (more is even better). If you are driving from afar with only 1 or 2 people in your vehicle, please meet up with others at the nearby Eagle Peak Middle School in order to carpool together the last few miles to Abhayagiri. The school is directly on the route to the monastery, located at 8601 West Road, Redwood Valley 95470. We’ve obtained permission for you to park in the school lot. Carpooling is the only way we can accommodate all those wishing to visit Abhayagiri for the festivities. Let’s all work together as a community so that nobody (including you!) will arrive at the monastery to find there is nowhere left to park.

June Event Schedule

  • Thursday, June 21st - Luang Por Liem (Abbot of Wat Nong Pah Pong), Ajahn Jundee (Abbot of Wat Ampawan), Ajahn Kevali (Abbot of Wat Pah Nanachat), and others all arrive.

  • Friday, June 22nd - Ajahn Chandako (Abbot of Vimutti Monastery) arrives for two nights.

  • Sunday, June 24th - Luang Por Liem (Abbot of Wat Nong Pah Pong) gives a Dhamma Talk at Wat Buddhanusorn in Fremont with Ajahn Kevali as translator. Abhayagiri still holds its regular Sunday program. Directions to the monastery can be found on their website.

  • Monday, June 25th - Visiting monks away from the monastery for the day. Ajahn Kongrit arrives.

  • Tuesday, June 26th - Luang Por Viradhammo (Abbot of Tisarana Monastery) arrives.

  • Wednesday, June 27th - Ajahn Jayasaro (Former Abbot of Wat Pah Nanachat) arrives.

  • Thursday, June 28th - Ajahn Sona (Abbot of Birken Monastery), Ajahn Achalo (Abbot of Anandagiri), Ajahn Sudanto (Abbot of Pacific Hermitage), and others arrive.

  • Friday, June 29th - 7:00 pm Puja and Dhamma Talk by Ajahn Jundee (Abbot of Wat Ampawan)

  • Saturday, June 30th -
    9:30 am Puja
    10:00 am Dhamma Talk by Ajahn Sona (Abbot of Birken Monastery)
    11:00 am Meal Offering
    2:00 pm Puja and Dhamma Talk by Ajahn Kongrit
    5:30 pm Teatime
    7:00 pm Puja and Dhamma Talk by Ajahn Viradhammo (Abbot of Tisarana Monastery)

  • Sunday, July 1st -
    10:00 am Dhamma Talk by Ajahn Jayasaro (Former Abbot of Wat Pah Nanachat)
    11:00 am Meal Offering
    1:30 pm Puja, Dedication of Cloister Area, and Dhamma Talks by Venerable Heng Sure (a senior disciple of Master Hua and director of the Berkeley Buddhist Monastery) and Luang Por Liem (Abbot of Wat Nong Pah Pong)

  • Monday, July 2nd - Luang Por Liem and many other monks depart.

Please consult our calendar for more details.

Although we have no capacity for overnight guests at this time, all are welcome to come to Abhayagiri as day visitors.

2018 Monastic Thanksgiving Retreat

Led by the Abhayagiri Community

November 17-25, 2018 at Mount Madonna Center in Watsonville, CA (near Santa Cruz)

Abhayagiri Monastery in Redwood Valley, California and the Sanghapala Foundation invite you to join Ajahn Sudanto, Ajahn Karunadhammo, Ajahn Nyaniko, Debbie Stamp and others from the Abhayagiri Community for a 9-day retreat over the Thanksgiving holiday.

We will create a monastery environment during our time together, and we offer you this opportunity to explore the Dhamma in a setting that differs somewhat from a typical meditation retreat. Because of the length of this retreat and the adherence to the Eight Precepts, you must previously have sat at least one five-day meditation retreat.

Registration/lottery will be open July 1-31, 2018 and applicants will be notified mid-August.
Additional details and relevant forms will be posted on July 1st for those interested in applying.
Please consult our calendar for more details.

Sat. June 2 Upāsikā Day & Sun. June 3 Community Work Day

We hope you can join us at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery for the next Upasika Day on Saturday, June 2, a day of community, Dhamma study, and meditation.

Our theme for the day will be “Devotion and Ritual: Chanting.” Luang Por Pasanno and senior monastics of Abhayagiri have graciously offered to lead us in an exploration of the practices, purposes and meanings of greater- and lesser-known chants in the Thai Forest tradition of Ajahn Chah, including practice with pronunciation , memorization, and chanting in a group.

Reading for the day is this article on the history and context of chanting: https://www.scribd.com/document/45666125/The-Chanting-Practice-of-Theravada-Buddhists

The day’s schedule will be:

10:30 a.m. Refuges and Precepts.
11:00 a.m. (sharp) Meal Offering (please bring a dish to share)
1-4:30 p.m. Study/Practice Session
4:30 p.m. Tea with the monastics (optional)

More information about Upasika Days can be found here.

If you are unable to attend in person, you are invited to join in the live-stream through the following link: https://youtu.be/WG9DhaUvJeA


Additionally, the monastery will be having a Community Work Day on Sunday, June 3 with the opportunity for supporters to come and help us get ready for the opening ceremony of the Cloister Area later that month. You are cordially invited and encouraged to come for a day of having a good time together as we help prepare the grounds to receive our many soon-to-arrive monastic guests for the ceremonies of June 30 - July 1.

There will be both morning (7:30 am - 11:00 am) and afternoon (1:00 pm - 4:00 pm) work periods, and all are welcome for one or both of those sessions.

The tasks we will work on include trimming the grasses around our buildings, and people who have heavy duty line trimmers to bring and use would be greatly appreciated. Other tasks will include raking trails, tidying up the workshop, etc.

This work day will be in lieu of the usual Sunday afternoon program – note that Sat. June 2 will be an Upasika Day with a full afternoon program of teachings. If you are trying to decide whether to come on Sat (for the teaching afternoon) or Sun (for the work day), maybe consider coming for both!

Please consult our calendar for more details.

Monastery Fire Clearance Progress

While the October fires that devasted the Redwood Valley area and nearly consumed the monastery brought profound loss to our neighbors, they also revealed the deep faith of the monastery’s community. In the months following the event, many friends of Abhayagiri expressed concern, offered basic requisites, and helped set up a fund for fire clearance and maintenance in years to come. Supporters in Thailand also expressed heartfelt concern and support upon meeting Luang Por Pasanno and other community members during their trip abroad this past January.

Encouraged by such well-wishing and acts of generosity, the community has begun this past month to expand on existing fire safety measures both in and around the property. Most mornings since the start of April, monks and lay guests have donned patched work jackets, thick gloves, and walked into the cold morning air to begin cutting and hauling dead wood from near monastery buildings. By enlarging defensible space around the monks’ kutis, Bhikkhu Commons, workshop, Casa Serena, and other structures, the community increases monastery structures’ chance of survival and firefighter safety in the event of another fire. The steadily growing piles of debris to be chipped and poison oak rashes ornamenting most monks’ ankles and wrists testify to many weeks of hard but inspired labor.

“The fire clearance looks better than ever before,” comments Tan Suhajjo after spending several days dragging potential fuel away from the small huts used by monastics, “and this means our kutis and buildings are better protected than they ever have been.”

While Abhayagiri’s community has poured itself into the work, the monastery has also enlisted other organizations to help with the large amount to be done. Funds donated by Abhayagiri’s friends and supporters in the months following the fire have helped hire the Student Conservation Association (SCA), which has spent the past four weeks cutting and clearing brush to expand defensible space around huts and buildings and widening trails to improve firefighter access to the property. Camping in the monastery, the SCA’s five members have been a nice addition to the community, joining the monks for the occasional meal and teatime.

While the bulk of fire clearance work should be finished by the the beginning of July, measures will continue to be taken now and in coming years to maintain and improve on what has been done. The community hopes that by caring for the monastery and its forest, they might in some measure honor the generosity and faith which has preserved Abhayagiri as a refuge for all those who wish to come and devote themselves to the Buddha’s path of liberation.

For more pictures of fire clearance work, please visit our photo gallery.

Bhikkhu Ordination Ceremony for Sāmaṇera Guṇavīro and Sāmaṇera Tissaro

Sunday, May 13th: Bhikkhu Ordination Ceremony for Sāmaṇera Guṇavīro and Sāmaṇera Tissaro

All are welcome to attend the formal ceremony in which the Sāmaṇera Guṇavīro and Sāmaṇera Tissaro will enter the monastic Saṅgha as bhikkhus. The ceremony will take place at the ordination platform. We currently do not know the start time as it depends on weather, but it will most likely start sometime after the meal between 1pm and 5pm.

Please see our calendar for more details.

June Reception Hall Celebration: June 29th - July 1st

Join us to celebrate the completion of Abhayagiri’s new Reception Hall with three days of Dhamma reflections and practice the weekend of Friday, June 29th, Saturday, June 30th, and Sunday, July 1st.

For the weekend leading up to the formal offering of the hall on Sunday, July 1st, senior teachers of the Ajahn Chah Tradition including Luang Por Liem, Luang Por Jundee, Luang Por Viradhammo, Ajahn Jayasaro, Ajahn Sona, Ajahn Kongrit, Ajahn Prateep, Ajahn Sudanto and Ajahn Achalo will join us at Abhayagiri to commemorate the completion of the new Reception Hall. The three days of celebrations will feature teachings from visiting monks throughout the day, periods of practice, meal offerings, and will culminate in a formal offering of the hall to the Abhayagiri Sangha on Sunday, July 1st. The result of six years of work, the building features a new meditation hall, kitchen, library, and other facilities, and will serve as a center for monastic and lay activities in years to come. We hope you can join us for the festivities. Details of the schedule will be posted closer to the event. Please plan on carpooling if possible, as parking is limited.

For a walkthrough of the new hall, see the video below:

Although we have no capacity for overnight guests at this time, all are welcome to come to Abhayagiri as day visitors.

Interview with Luang Por Pasanno in "A Day" magazine (Thai)

A Thai interview with Luang Por Pasanno has recently been featured in the Thai Magazine “A Day”. This interview can be read here: https://goo.gl/B3z4Us

Upāsikā Renewal Day: Readings from the new Ajahn Chah biography, with reflections from Luang Por Pasanno

We hope you can join us at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery for the next Upasika Day on Saturday, April 21st, 2018, a day of community, Dhamma study, meditation, and renewal. All are welcome, whether or not you have attended these teaching days before.

If you are unable to attend in person, you are invited to join in the live-stream through the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaG4FpK6L_M

Our theme for the day will be “Daily Life Practice: Readings from the new Ajahn Chah biography, with reflections from Luang Por Pasanno.” This day will include short audio-video clips of Ajahn Chah from the monastery’s archives, and lesser-known stories about Ajahn Chah as told by Luang Por Pasanno from his experience of many years living with Ajahn Chah in Thailand.

The day will also include readings from Stillness Flowing, the just-published, comprehensive English-language biography of Ajahn Chah by Ajahn Jayasaro, particularly from Chapter X, “Out of Compassion, Luang Por and the Lay Community.” Stillness Flowing is available electronically here: https://www.abhayagiri.org/news/240-stillness-flowing-available-march-1-2018 Copies of the hardback edition of the book are also available at Abhayagiri, as of this writing.

The day’s schedule will be:

10:30 am - Refuges and Precepts

11 a.m. (sharp) Meal Offering (please bring a dish to share)

1-4:30 p.m. Study/Practice Session

4:30 p.m. Tea with the monastics (optional)

More information about Upasika Days can be found here.