Thai New Year's Celebration (Songkran) - April 15, 2018

Thai New Year's Celebration (Songkran) - April 15, 2018

Please join us at Abhayagiri for the Thai New Year’s (Songkran) ceremony this Sunday, April 15, 2018. The following program will take the place of the usual Sunday schedule. 10:30 AM – Monks go on almsround. Please only put rice in bowls. Other food offerings may be given at the kitchen table. Following almsround, monks will participate in the traditional ceremony of washing a Buddha image. 11:00…

Farewell to Beth

Farewell to Beth

On Sat. April 7th, there will be a farewell gathering for Beth Steff. There will be a meal offering at 11:00 a.m. followed by a ceremony to wish Beth well and express our gratitude for her service to the monastic and lay communities these past 6 years. Beth will be leaving the community to return to New Zealand. All are welcome.

Stillness Flowing Now Available

Stillness Flowing Now Available

Stillness Flowing, the new English biography about the life and teachings of Luang Por Chah, authored by Ajahn Jayasaro, is now available to the public. Click on the following links to download the PDF, ePUB and Mobi versions of the book to your E-book reader, phone, tablet or computer. This important work details the life and teachings of Luang Por Chah, also known as Ajahn Chah, and has been in…

Bhikkhu Bodhi to Offer Dhamma Talk on Sunday, March 4, 2018

Bhikkhu Bodhi to Offer Dhamma Talk on Sunday, March 4, 2018

Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi has kindly offered to give a public Dhamma Talk at the Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery on Sunday, March 4, 2018. The talk will begin at about 3:00pm following the regularly scheduling Sunday puja—chanting and meditation—starting at 2:00pm. [Bhikkhu Bodhi] All are welcome to join us for the day. For those cannot make it in-person, you can tune in by watching the talk on YouTub…

2018 Thanksgiving Retreat

2018 Thanksgiving Retreat

There is still space available on the Thanksgiving Retreat and registration will remain open until we have a waiting list. November 17-25, 2018 at Mount Madonna Center in Watsonville, CA (near Santa Cruz) If you already applied you will receive a formal confirmation from the retreat manager, Hitesi (hitesi3@gmail.com), in August. Please do not make travel arrangements until you receive this confir…

2018 Kathina Moved to October 28

2018 Kathina Moved to October 28

This year’s Kaṭhina Ceremony at Abhayagiri has been moved to Sunday, October 28.

Luang Por Pasanno Youtube Video talk from the Ajahn Chah Memorial Ceremony

Luang Por Pasanno  Youtube Video talk from the Ajahn Chah Memorial Ceremony

On the evening of January 15th, Luang Por Pasanno was asked by the Elders at Wat Pah Pong to give a video recorded Dhamma talk before the gathered assembly of monks and laypeople. Although the vast majority of the thousands present were Thai speakers, Luang Por was asked to give the talk in English. After a quick intro in Thai in which he explains that all the non-English speaking Thais in the aud…

First Tuesdays at Berkeley Buddhist Monastery Not Meeting until April

First Tuesdays at Berkeley Buddhist Monastery Not Meeting until April

The first tuesday meditations and Dhamma talks at Berkeley Buddhist Monastery will not be meeting for January, February, and March while the monastics are on their winter retreat. They will resume again on April 3, 2018.

Winter Retreat 2018

Winter Retreat 2018

The annual winter retreat begins on January 2, 2018 and lasts for three months, ending on April 1st. During this time, the resident community takes time to engage in more formal meditation practice following a changing schedule of group and individual practice. During these three months there will be no overnight guests accepted. (For overnight visits after the retreat please contact the monastery…

New Year's Eve Almsround and Meditation

New Year's Eve Almsround and Meditation

We will celebrate New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day at Abhayagiri Monastery. On New Year’s Eve there will be a ceremonial almsround at the monastery. New year’s day being Wan Phra, the monks will follow their usual almsround in Ukiah and Redwood Valley. December 31 (New Year’s Eve) 9:45 am – Arrive 10:15 am – Monks’ Almsround at the monastery (ceremonial food offerings made directly into the monks…