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Conversation with Ajahn Jayasaro on June 13th

At 9am PDT (Pacific Time) on June 13, Ajahn Jayasaro will be doing a virtual question and answer session with the Buddhist Community at Stanford (BCAS). The general public is welcome to view this event. The schedule for the event is : 8:30 - 9:00 AM PDT Group meditation (without Ajahn Jayasaro) 9:00 - 10:00 AM Ajahn Jayasaro Q&A with the Buddhist Commmunity at Stanford For more information, please…

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Save the Dates for Annual Retreat

Mark Your Calendar - The Annual Retreat is Scheduled for Dec. 4 - Dec. 13 Abhayagiri’s annual monastic retreat is scheduled for Fri. Dec. 4 – Sun. Dec. 13, 2020 at the Jesuit Retreat Center in Applegate, CA. Registration for this retreat will likely open sometime during the summer, usually in July or August. Due to Covid-19, and the uncertainty about what restrictions, if any, will be in existence…

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Transitions at Abhayagiri

In 2018, Ajahn Karuṇadhammo began a two year commitment to be co-abbot with Ajahn Ñāṇiko, to help with the transition period after Luang Por Pasanno stepped back from being the abbot and began a one year sabbatical. Having just finished his two year commitment, Ajahn Karuṇadhammo will be going to the Pacific Hermitage for the vassa and Ajahn Ñāṇiko will be the sole abbot for the foreseeable future…

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Two Ideas of Self

Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu

The self strategy that the Buddha recommends using along the path derives from the question at the basis of discernment: “What, when I do it, will lead to my long-term welfare and happiness?” This question contains two ideas of self. The first is the idea of the self as agent, the producer of happiness; the second is the idea of the self as the consumer of happiness. When the question says, “What, when I do it”, the “I” here in “I do it” is the self as producer. The “my” in “my long-term welfare and happiness” is the self as consumer of happiness.” The idea of the self as agent also introduces…

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