The lay community of Sanghapala
The lay community associated with Ajahns Passano and Amaro and Abhayagiri
Forest Monastery in Redwood Valley CA continues to grow as the new
monastic presence takes root in northern California.
Many of us in the San Francisco Bay Area have worked together, and have
sat together, over the years and a genuine community has evolved. While
much of the "work" focus has shifted to Redwood Valley, where much remains
to be done to nourish the physical development of the monastery there, it
is important that the lay community in the San Francisco Bay Area retain
and nurture our community of practice here
where we live.
San Francisco Sittings
Lay practitioners are invited to attend a sitting in San Francisco on the
first Wednesday of every month. Except for during the monastic retreat
months, one or more of the monastics from Abhayagiri monastery will attend
and will present a Dhamma talk, following the chanting and meditation.
These gatherings are at 746 - 46th Avenue (between Balboa and Cabrillo) in
San Francisco, from 7:30 - 9:30 pm, on the first Wednesday of each month.
These monthly gatherings are excellent opportunities to practice in
community and to help support each other's practice. Please come!
East Bay Sittings
Lay practitioners have been meeting in the East Bay for weekly sittings
since the beginning of 1997. Our "urban forest" meditation group meets at
the Berkeley Thai Temple (Wat Mongkolratanaram). The address is 1913
Russell Street, near the corner of Martin Luther King Way, and is one
block north of the Ashby BART station. We usually meet in the Thai
Cultural Center, which is the building to the left as you enter the
parking lot; please enter through the rear door, up a short flight of
steps. We meet every Tuesday evening, from 6:30 - 9:30 pm. Please join us.
Bring your own zafu, if possible.
We are very grateful to Acting Abbot Manat and the monks of the Berkeley
Thai Temple for opening their facilities to us. Given our connection with
the Forest Sangha tradition of northern Thailand, via the monastic
communities of Abhayagiri and Amaravati, the Berkeley Thai Temple feels
like a very appropriate home.
The Tuesday night gathering has adopted a new format, based upon member
feedback. As always, we begin at 7:30 with chanting, followed by 40
minutes of sitting meditation. Then, we have a Dhamma presentation, which
may be a discussion, a reading, a Dhamma talk, a guest speaker. Each week
a group member volunteers to be responsible for "hosting" some type of Dhamma investigation and
sharing. We finish with chanting and a bit of time for conversation and
announcements, ending at 9:30.
We've also decided to have an occasional vegetarian potluck dinner,
preceding our regular meditation format. For information about what's happening with the Tuesday night parisa,
please check here often.
A new sitting group is forming in Concord! The Concord sitting group meets
every Wednesday (except the first Wednesday of the month) from 7:30-9:30
p.m. in a parisa member's home. All are welcome!
If you are interested in attending and would like more information, please
contact U Kondañña (Barry Kapke) at (925) 689-7238 or via
e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope to nurture and support a growing and vital lay practice community
in the Forest Sangha tradition here in the Bay Area. Please do join us,
and please pass the word.
Sanghapala Mailing List
If you would like to receive notification by e-mail of announcements about
local (northern Calfornia) sitting groups, lay community events, and
monastic events, in the Forest Sangha tradition, please e-mail to: email@example.com
The Upasika Community
If you would like information about The Upasika
Community and how you can be involved, please contact Fred Kral (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ajahn Amaro (email@example.com).
If you are interested in ride-sharing, either in offering rides or needing
rides, we'd like to try to encourage this. To carpool to Abhayagiri, to
the San Francisco sitting, or to the weekly East Bay sittings, please
contact Upasaka Kondañña (Barry Kapke), who will try to
coordinate ridesharing, at (925) 689-7238 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Supporting the Monastic Presence
Abhayagiri Monastery in Redwood Valley CA is the first monastery in the
Thai Forest Sangha tradition of Ajahn Cha in North America. If you value
the presence of monastics, and the rich opportunity to learn and benefit
from the monastic lifestyle, please do what you can to support Abhayagiri.
As a lay practitioner, there are many ways to
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