Abhayagiri Kathina: October 23, 2016
October 8, 2016

Each year since the time of the Buddha, at the end of the three-month Rains Retreat, the lay community around every Buddhist monastery has gathered to celebrate the completion of the retreat and to offer to the monastic community gifts of cloth and supplies that will be useful for the coming year. The cloth is then cut, sewn and dyed by the monks to make a robe on that day to offer to one of the Saṅgha.  This 2,500-year-old tradition is still carried on here in the West in the Theravadan monasteries. It is initiated by a lay supporter or a group of supporters who request to organize the preparation and formal offerings. It is both a significant and joyful occasion that, over time, has become emblematic of the richness of the r...

Moving the New Buddha Image
September 26, 2016

On September 14, 2016, the resident Abhayagiri Community, guests, and neighbors joined together to move the 3,000 pound sandstone Buddha image into the new Reception Hall. Click here to view a video of this inspiring joint effort. We've also posted a photo gallery of the event. Update October 3, 2016 During the recent construction of the Dhamma Hall, a photographer named Bob Dass stopped by take some panoramic photographs of the new Dhamma hall and the new Buddha image. Sheetr...

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Working To Let Go
Ajahn Ñāniko

The work period is a good time for learning about how to let go. During these periods the mind is constantly thinking, I have to do this and I have to do that and this needs to get done before I do that. But when the mind lets go, it’s malleable and as the Buddha said, “fit for work.” If we only meditate and don’t challenge the mind with difficult and unpredictable situations, then the chances are the mind won’t learn how to let go. What really trains us in how to let go...


Parting Blessing
Ajahn Dtun
May 29, 2016

Ajahn Dtun offers parting words of gratitude and encouragement to the Abhayagiri monastic and lay community. This blessing was offered on May 29, 2016 at Abhayagiri Monastery and was translated by Ajahn Tejapañño.



Pictures from Reception Hall - Season 4 - Construction
November 23, 2015

Year Four: Construction update As we enter the summer months of 2016, we also enter our fourth year of construction of Abhayagiri's new Reception Hall. Year one, 2013, saw us complete: structural foundations, retaining walls, underfloor plumbing, waterproofing back retaining wall, installing water tanks and trenching for fire sprinkler system. Year two, 2014, construction was mostly put on hold, with the exception of a few additions to the infrastructure: stairways, septic tank, underground electrical lines and drains, radiant underfloor heating tubes, finished floor levels, and a small retaining wall. The del...

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