Upcoming Teachings & Events

We are delighted to have these wonderful Dhamma & meditation offerings to share with you. Please mark your calendars and participate as much as you can.Full moon and new moon daylong retreats are offered at our new monastery and hermitage., There are evening Dhamma & meditation teachings at the Dhammadharini Monastery as well as those offered in Fremont, Oakland, Alameda, San Rafael, Santa Rosa and Ukiah by Dhammadharini Bhikkhunis.

The complete calendar of public events can be found here.

❧ Daylong Retreats

 "Honoring Mahapajapati Gotami, the first Bhikkhuni"
Saturday February 11, 2017

"Teach me the Dhamma in brief such that, having heard the Dhamma from the Sublime One, I might dwell alone, secluded, diligent, earnest, and resolute." 
Welcome to Join us for this day of practice with Ayya Sobhana Theri and the monastic community at the Dhammadharini Monastery. We will take as our text "To Gotami", Anguttara Nikaya 8:53
RSVP to dhammadharini.monastery@gmail.com

 8:30-9:00 am |
9:00 |
10:15 |
10:45 |
11:00 |
12:30-4:30 |
4:30 |
5:00 |
 Arrive and settle
Guided Meditation
Dhamma Reflection
up Dana Meal (bring a dish)
Dana Meal
Sitting and Walking Meditation
Closing Dhamma Reflection
Tea and Departure for Day Visitors

❧ Special Event

In Mahapajapati Gotami's Footsteps:
Seminar on the Leadership of Women in Buddhism
Sunday, February 26, 2017 ❧ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

This is the third of four events celebrating the 2600-year anniversary of Bhikkhuni Sangha, with a focus on the Arahant Bhikkhuni Mahapajapati Gotami, as the pathbreaker, leader, and mentor of the early women's sangha. 

In joining this discussion, we invite you to recall an exemplary woman who has affected your life and changed the world. This may be an ancient or modern spiritual leader. What is her story? How was her impact mediated by gender? In what ways did she transcend gender distinctions.

❧ Special Event: Guided Meditation on the Elements 

Ayya Sobhana Theri at Southern Dharma Retreat Center, March 25-30

“The process of life in me is not separate from nature.” Developing this perception can calm the mind, heal agitation and worry, and open the clear space for insight to arise. This meditation retreat will be based on the inspiring Buddhist text: the Exposition of the Elements. Registration information here

❧ Special Meal Dana welcoming Ayya Sudinna Theri

At the Dhammadharini Monastery

❧ Special Event: Six-Week Spring Retreat

Monastic Community at Dhammadharini Monastery, April 10-May 19 

The Dhammadharini Monastery, in Penngrove will be on retreat and open for day visitors who are happy to join in silent meditation.

The Aranyabodhi Hermitage will be closed to visitors from April 9th to May 19th for secluded retreat time for the monastics.

❧ Special Day Long Retreat with Sayadaw U Jagara

The Various Modes of Mindfulness Seen in the Gradual Training
Saturday, May 20 at Dhammadharini Monastery

Sayadaw U Jagara has 35 years' experience as a Buddhist monk, living in Sri Lanka and Myanmar, dedicated to the practice, study and teaching of dhamma. Born in Canada, he has trained and taught in the U Ba Khin as well as in the Pa Auk traditions of Myanmar. 

The bhikkhunis have benefited from the Sayadaw's teaching in the Bay Area over the past several years, and we are delighted to bring him to Dhammadharini Monastery. 

9:00-9:30 am |
9:30 |
10:15 |
10:45 |
11:00 |
12:00 |

4:30 |
5:30 |

Arrive and settle
Intro & Guided Meditation
Walking Meditation
Setting up Dana Meal (bring a dish)
Dana Meal
Lunch Clean-up
Afternoon program as set by Sayadaw
Dhamma Reflection
Closing, Tea & Departure for Day Visitors

Due to limited space, you must pre-register to be sure of a place inside the meditation hall.  Weather permitting, there will be space for overflow seating outside.  Register here

❧ Vesak Full Moon Celebration

Sunday May 28 at Dhammadharini Monastery 
Under a full moon of May,
 Prince Siddhattha
​ ​
was born.

Under a full moon of May, 
our great teacher attained his goal.

Under a full moon of May, 
the Blessed One reached final liberation.

To honor him, 
let us celebrate the full moon of May.

❧ Alms Round in Sebastopol, Cotati, Santa Rosa and Petaluma

New schedule during standard time, Details here

❧ Weekly Programs

at Dhammadharini Monastery in the Sonoma Mountain area in Penngrove. Please be sure to check calendar here for all weekly programs, or join Dhammadharini's MeetUp group

Dhamma Sunday (attend all or part) February 5, 12, 19, 26. March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9.  From April 16 - May 14, the Sunday program is replaced by our Spring Retreat Program.  Regular Sunday program resumes on May 

 9:30-10:00 |
10:00-10:45 |
10:45-11:00 |
11:00-1:00 |
1:00-2:30 |
 Instruction for beginners to Buddhist meditation
Set-up for potluck meal (welcome to bring a dish to share)
Blessings, meal dana, pot luck and meal clean up
Sutta Study. 

March 26 and April 2, 2017 will be your last Sundays to meet Ayya Dhira and learn from her.  She will be returning to Germany and Thailand directly following the six week spring retreat.

— Quiet day for monastics and residents, no formal programs Tuesday 7:00-8:30 pm — "Meditate with a Monk" meditation instruction, meditation & Dhamma reflection followed by Q&A (open group - drop in) Wednesday through Sunday 7:00-8:30 pm — Evening puja, sutta chanting and silent meditation

❧ Ongoing Evening Meditations & Dhamma Teachings 

in Fremont, Oakland, Alameda, San Rafael, Santa Rosa & Ukiah: check calendar here to confirm dates

- Monthly on the last Tuesday with "Dhamma Tuesdays" at Wat Buddhanusorn in Fremont 
- Monthly on the third Wednesdays at Yoga Mendocino in Ukiah {info
- Every other month on Wednesday with Against the Stream in Oakland {info}
~ Periodically with Marin Sangha, San Jose Vipassana and others (check calendar here to see schedule)

May all benefit greatly in their meditation and growth in mindfulness, insight & wisdom!

Friends are always welcome to visit the monastery and the hermitage individually or in groups, to offer meal dana, meditate, listen to the Dhamma, or help out with practical chores.  Please contact us to plan your visit.

Dhammadharini Monastery 
at the western foot of Sonoma Mountain
6791 Sturtevant Dr., Penngrove CA 94951
Tel: (707) 583-9522 or 9523

Dhammadharini's Awakening Forest Hermitage: Aranya Bodhi
on the Sonoma Coast
PO Box 16, Jenner, CA 95450
Tel: (707) 340-4281,