Associated Lay Groups

Bay Area Meditation Groups

Berkeley, CA

First Tuesday of every month the Sanghapāla Meditation Group meets at the Berkeley Buddhist Monastery, 7:30-9:30 pm, 2304 McKinley Avenue, Berkeley, CA. Except during the Abhayagiri Winter Retreat (January-March), a monastic is in attendance and presents a Dhamma talk.

Associated groups around the country

Ukiah, CA

Monthly meditation evenings with the monastics from Abhayagiri Monastery are given at Yoga Mendocino the second Wednesday of the month from 7:00-8:30 pm. Yoga Mendocino is located at 206# A Mason Street, Ukiah, CA 95482. Contact: 707-462-2580.

Mendocino/Fort Bragg, CA

Weekly meditation and Dhamma discussion on Mondays from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at Three Jewels Dharma Hall in Fort Bragg. The third Monday of every month, monastics from Abhayagiri Monastery lead a period of meditation, offer a Dhamma talk and answer questions.

Contact: Cindy Hoffman, 707-964-4606,

Occidental, CA

Weekly meditation group meets Thursday nights, 7:00 - 8:30 pm at Redwood Needle Acupuncture, 3840 Doris Murphy Court, in Harmony Village, Occidental. For more information, contact Karen at or (707) 520-8010.

Portland, OR

Portland Friends of the Dhamma is a Dhamma practice center and community located in Portland. It is affiliated with Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery and periodically monastics from the Pacific Hermitage offer Dhamma teachings. The center is located at 1404 SE 25th Ave, Portland, OR 97214. For more information, please visit their website or contact Sakula (Mary Reinard),

Madison, WI

Madison Vipassana, Inc. continues to provide weekly sitting opportunities and bimonthly half-day sits in Madison, WI. Contact Janice Sheppard at 608-829-0944 or at

Tampa Bay, FL

Contact: Jim Cameron,

Alberta, Canada

Shirley Jayanta Johannesen’s Stretch-Awareness Located at: 7 Bent Tree Place, Calgary, Alberta T3Z 3A3

Providing meditation and yoga classes and retreats. Contact Jayanta (Shirley Johannesen) @ 403-287-3028 or

For information about any of these meditation groups or if you would like to start an Abhayagiri-affiliated meditation group in your community, please contact the monastery.