There are many opportunities for people to come into contact with monastics of the Thai Forest Tradition.
Ongoing and annual events at the Abhayagiri Monastery near Ukiah, CA. are very similar to those taking place near by at the Pacific Hermitage. A list of these events include: Meal Offering – Meditation and Dhamma talk – Upasika Daylong – Once a month Community Work Day – Pah Bah (alms ceremony) – and Uposatha Observance Day (a day for renewing dedication to Dhamma practice).
Uposatha days are based on Abhayagiri’s lunar clalendar and mark a near weekly observance (for the very devout;) with special emphasis on the Full Moon days. Here is a list of significant Buddhist Full Moon Uposatha Days:
- Magha Puja (Sangha Day) – Usually in February
- Visakha Puja (Buddha Day) – Usually in May
- Asalha Puja (Dhamma Day) – Usually in July
- Pavarana Day (End of Rains Retreat) – Usually in October
Also worthy of note; every year the Abhayagiri monastery has two major events for lay people’s participation. If you would like to arrange for an overnight stay, you’d be wise to contact them at least two months in advance.