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.

July 7, 2018 Celebrate Aranya Bodhi's 10-year Anniversary and Ayya Tathaloka's 30 years in monastic life

at Aranya Bodhi Hermitage
Come join the celebration.  See how you can participate up to a month before with a practice dedication for Ayya Tathaloka's well being and RVSP for attending on the 7th.

❧ Daylong Retreat:  

The Noble Eight-Fold Path:  Focus on Discerning Right Intention

Saturday June 16th at Dhammadharini Monastery 

With the support of the path factors of Right View, Right Effort and Right mindfulness we will investigate what intention is as a mental factor and explore right intention and how to develop it.  As a meditation practice we will arouse and develop the three right intentions of renunciation, non-ill will, and harmlessness.

"But when the knowledge and vision of these Four Noble Truths as they really are...was fully purified in this way, then I claimed to have awakened to the unsurpassed perfect enlightenment..."  SN 56:11

with Ayya Sobhana Theri and Ayya Suvijjana Bhikkhuni

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

Upcoming Day Long Retreats at the Dhammadharini MonasteryMark your calendars

Sat. July 14th, topic to be announced

❧ Special Programs & Dhamma Teachings in the Bay Area

What is Enlightenment?

Saturday July 21:  Ayya Tathaloka will offer the Theravada perspective on "What Is Enlightenment" and join a multi-traditional panel of Buddhist teachers and scholars discussing this topic. At the Jodo Shinshu Center, 2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704.  info

This is part of the Summer Pacific Seminar - 21st Century - What is Enlightenment, presented by The Institute of Buddhist Studies & Buddhist Churches of America Center for Buddhist Education.    

Marin Sangha

Sunday July 22, 6-8 pm, Ayya Tathaaloka will offer Dhamma and meditation teachings at the Marin Sangha,  St Luke Presbyterian Church, 10 Bayview Dr., San Rafael.  info

 Visit and Offering Helpful Support

Our residential monastic community will be a little larger during this Vesak Season, up to seven or eight monastics until May 5th.  

After May 5th we have our four bhikkhuni residents at the monastery plus two to four monastic life aspirants. Please send an email or phone/text to the monastery if you'd like to know what things would be of helpful support during this time.

❧ Alms Round in Sebastopol, Santa Rosa and Petaluma

For Vesak Season, offer alms food to bhikkhunis, at the Sebastopol Central Park on Friday May 11 ; and at the Petaluma Farmers Market on Tuesdays.  There is an opportunity for Dhamma discussion in the park after the meal, Details here.

Ongoing Weekly Programs

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

Dhamma Sunday (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 Evening 

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 

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

❧ Ongoing Evening Meditations & Dhamma Teachings 

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)

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

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,