Abhayagiri Kathina 2020: Update

Abhayagiri Kathina 2020: Update

Each year since the time of the Buddha, at the end of the three-month Rains Retreat, the lay communities around Buddhist monasteries have 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 Theravadan monasteries. Lay supporters help 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 relationship that exists between the lay people and the monastics. This relationship is characterized by bonds of friendship and commitment to mutual support. All year round, the monastery functions solely on offerings from the lay community.

Seven Days of Kathina Dāna - October 4th to 10th
For the week of October 4-10, we are allowing 20 people to visit each day from October 4th to 10th in Honor of Kathina.

UPDATE - as of 9/16/2020 - All days from October 4th to 11th are full. If you have any questions about these days, please contact abmkathina2020@abhayagiri.org .
You are welcome to visit Abhayagiri outside of October 4th to 11th without registering, but please see this link for the current guidelines and restrictions that are in place.

October 10: Daylong Retreat by Insight Santa Cruz

Starting at 8:30am on October 10th, you will have the oppotunity to join in with an online Zoom retreat, hosted by Insight Santa Cruz. The theme of this daylong is “Fear in the Time of COVID-19”. To join this retreat, click on the following link around 8:30am on October 10th:

On left side of pop-out window, under MORE INFO, click “Join Online Meeting”.

October 11: Kathina Ceremony and Upāsikā Day

Zoom Meeting ID: 928 5707 4889
Zoom Password: 108

Starting at 1:00pm on October 11th, everyone is welcome to join us either via Zoom or YouTube livestream for the Kathina ceremony. As this is also an Upāsikā Day, the theme will be “The Traditional Kathina Ceremony from Thailand to the West”. The schedule will be as follows (times may not be exact):

1:00pm Introduction and parittā chanting.
1:15pm Taking the five precepts.
1:30pm Formal Kathina announcement, and commencement of ceremony.
2:00pm Dhamma talks in English and Thai.
3:00pm Extended Q&A session.
4:00pm View the sewing of the Kathina robe.

Kathina Donations

If donations are not designated for a specific thing, there are a number of things happening in the monastery which will be supported by those donations. Currently we are underway with the construction of a “Quadplex” - a four room dormitory just up the road from the cloister area. Also we plan to build some new monk’s kutis. Donations are also used for the general operating expenses of the monastery.

Anyone who wishes to make a donation for Kathina, may use the below link. If making a donation for Kathina, one should write “Kathina” in the memo section of the Check or Money Order or in the designation portion of the Network for Good form.

If you would like to make a dedication of merit for this year’s Kathina Ceremony, please print out the below form (or write out your own form) and put it in the mail by October 1st. These forms will be placed in a bowl on the shrine during the Kathina day ceremony.

English Dedication Form

Thai Dedication Form

Online Thanksgiving Retreat

Online Thanksgiving Retreat

Dear Abhayagiri Community,

In the past few years, the dates and locations of our annual retreat have been somewhat fluid, and 2020 is no different. We are happy to announce that this year our annual Thanksgiving Retreat will be offered live online November 20-29, via Zoom and YouTube. Registration for this event will occur in early October, so please remember to check the website at that time if you are interested.

Here is what the early October registration will entail:

  • Those registered will be asked to commit to the entire retreat.
  • If you register, you will receive a Zoom login ID and password via email a few days before the retreat opens.
  • There will be no registration fee, but we will want to know if you cancel, so we can open up a spot for someone else.
  • Those registered will have the opportunity to participate in daily Q&A with the senior members of the community.
  • Registration will be capped at 275 participants. We encourage you to register early as the retreat might fill up quickly.

If you don’t make the registration, the retreat will be streamed (at least in part) via our YouTube livestream.
We hope you will consider joining us for this unique and possibly worldwide event!

Fire Season Update from Abhayagiri

Fire Season Update from Abhayagiri

Northern California is experiencing a number of fires which are affecting many people. The nearest fire to Abhayagiri is called the August Complex fire which started in mid-August and burned 875,000 acres. While it has been providing Abhayagiri with a great deal of smoke, as of yet it has not posed any imminent evacuation threat. Nevertheless, many communities in the vicinity have been affected. The fire is currently burning approximately 20 miles away. It is currently 25% contained and is being attended to by many countless dedicated firefighters.

Also, last week, a smaller Oak fire started north of Willits, approximately 20 miles northeast of Abhayagiri, but is currently 85% contained and seems well under control.

Aside from the daily influx of smoke, however, life at Abhayagiri remains much the same. Normal vinaya (monastic rules) classes and personal retreats during the summer months continue as normal. In addition a number of long-term guests are staying at the monastery, participating in daily life, and helping to keep the monastery going. Various outdoor work projects continue albeit with masks to protect people from the smoke.

The community is making evacuation plans so that Abhayagiri is prepared, should the fires approach more closely to the monastery. Abhayagiri has been in communication with the local fire department to protect the safety of the residents and the monastery.

Updated as of 9/13/2020

COVID-19 Precautions - Update August 26, 2020

COVID-19 Precautions - Update August 26, 2020

Abhayagiri is currently open for limited access to the general public. In addition to live streaming Abhayagiri’s evening pujas and Dhamma talks, it is possible for those who wish to visit Abhayagiri but the following health and safety guidelines must be followed.

  • Visitors may go into the Free Distribution Book Room and the Restrooms but should otherwise not enter any of the buildings. When there are visitors with offerings at meal time, then at 11am, a senior monk will chant a blessing at meal time in the shaded breezeway outside the Dhamma Hall. Visitors are welcome to walk around the cloister area and sit in the shaded breeze ways as long as they wear masks and maintain six foot social distancing.

  • No registration is required before visiting except during October 5 to 11. For those dates, please email abmkathina2020@abhayagiri.org

  • Offerings for Abhayagiri are welcome and should be left on the table outside the kitchen.

  • Visitors wishing to participate in evening puja and listen to evening Dhamma talks may sit outside the Dhamma Hall in chairs.

New Online Abhayagiri Group & Virtual 1st Tuesdays

New Online Abhayagiri Group & Virtual 1st Tuesdays

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Vinaya Classes Begin, Modified Schedule for Evening Puja Live Streams

Vinaya Classes Begin,  Modified Schedule for Evening Puja Live Streams

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New Audio Book, Retreat Readings & Photo Gallery

New Audio Book, Retreat Readings & Photo Gallery

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คำเตือนเกี่ยวกับเรื่องไวรัส COVID-19 (แก้ไขข้อมูลเมื่อ 3 พฤษภาคม ค.ศ. 2020)

คำเตือนเกี่ยวกับเรื่องไวรัส COVID-19 (แก้ไขข้อมูลเมื่อ 3 พฤษภาคม ค.ศ. 2020)

ในท่ามกลางการแพร่ระบาดของเชื้อไวรัส COVID-19 นี้ วัดอภัยคีรีต้องการสนับสนุนหมู่คณะทั้งฝ่ายสงฆ์และฝ่ายฆราวาส โดยที่ยังปฏิบัติตามคำแนะนำของภาครัฐในการกักตัวอยู่บ้านเพื่อลดการแพร่ระบาดของเชื้อไวรัส ดังนั้น ทางวัดจึงมีข้อปฏิบัติดังต่อไปนี้ พระจะไม่ออกบิณฑบาตร การทำวัตรเย็นในคืนวันเสาร์และคืนวันพระ จะไม่เปิดให้สาธารณะชนเข้าร่วมได้ในระยะนี้ แต่ท่านสามารถเข้าร่วมการทำวัตรเย็นทางออนไลน์ได้ โดยผ่านการถ่ายท…



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Live Stream of Āsāḷhā Pūjā starting at 7pm

Live Stream of  Āsāḷhā Pūjā starting at 7pm

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