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.  New moon daylong retreats are offered at our new monastery monthly (on Saturdays close to the new moon).  There are evening Dhamma & meditation teachings at Dhammadharini Monastery as well as those offered in Fremont, Oakland, San Jose, San Rafael, and Ukiah by Dhammadharini Bhikkhunis.  

Scroll down for details.  The complete calendar of public events can be found here.

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Dhammadharini's Kathina Celebration 

Sunday November 11th

❧ Daylong Retreat  Saturday, October 13 at Dhammadharini Monastery

Awakening in  the Early Buddhist Teachings of the Therīgāthā-

The Awakening Experience:

Breakthrough teachings of the Elder Bhikkhunis

with Ayya Tathālokā and Ayya Suvijjānā

We will be drawing from the Therigatha, the enlightenment verses of the Elder Bhikkhunis.   We will explore the teachings in the verses as a contemplation and aid on the Path to Awakening.

8:45 am • Orientation, arrive and settle
9 to 10:10 am• Sitting and walking meditation
10:10 am Silent Meditation
11 am• Dana Meal (bring a dish)
12:30 Walking Meditation
1:00 Dhamma Reflection
1:45 to 4:30 pm • Walking and Sitting Meditation
4:30 pm• Closing Reflection

This day of practice includes guided and silent meditation periods.  Welcome to join all or part.  If you are new to us please come for orientation at 8:45am.

Please RSVP to dhammadharini.monastery@gmail.com

This is the last new moon daylong of the Vassa. Next new moon will be our Kathina "Robe of Merit" Celebration - All are welcome. Mark your calendar for  Sunday November 11th.

❧ Bhikkhunis' Almsrounds in Sebastopol, Santa Rosa and Petaluma

For Vesak Season, offer alms food to bhikkhunis, at the Sebastopol Central Park fortnightly on Fridays, and at the Petaluma Farmers Market on Tuesdays.  There is an opportunity for Dhamma discussion in the Plaza in Sebastopol after the meal, details here.

Ongoing Weekly Programs at Dhammadharini Monastery

at Dhammadharini Monastery in the Sonoma Mountain area of Penngrove. Check our calendar here for all weekly programs or join Dhammadharini's MeetUp group.

Dhamma Sundays (attend all or part)  

 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. 

Monday — Quiet day for monastics and residents, no formal programs

Tuesday Evenings Meditation & Dhamma Talks

7:00-8:30 pm — "Meditate with a Monk" Guided or silent meditation, & Dhamma reflection followed by Q&A (open group - drop in)

Wednesday through Sunday: Evening Chanting & Meditation

7:00-8:30 pm — Evening puja, sutta chanting and silent meditation

❧ Ongoing Evening Meditations & Dhamma Teachings Offered in the Greater Bay Area 

in Fremont, Oakland, San Rafael, and 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)

Marin Sangha

Ayya Tathaloka and Ayya Sobhana are regularly offering Dhamma and meditation teachings at the Marin Sangha,  St Luke Presbyterian Church, 10 Bayview Dr., San Rafael. info

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

 Visit and Offer Helpful Support

During the Vassa, from July 28 to October 24, there will be three bhikkhunis at Dhammadharini Monastery:  Ayya Tathaloka, Ayya Suvijjana, and Ven Niyyanika.  Day visitors are welcome at the Monastery. info

During the Vassa, Ayya Sobhana will be at Aranya Bodhi Hermitage.  We extend a special welcome for friends to arrange for "sit and serve" visits, a few days or longer combining work practice with quiet meditation in nature. info

We will be blessed with three-five resident monastic life aspirants during most of the Vassa.  Your mindful participation and friendship can be a help and encouragement for them.

Friends are 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,