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 Retreat 

"Resolutions Kept with Kindness"

  The Dhamma is about transformation of mind and heart. Strong determination and self-discipline 
are part of the process, but rigidity and self-blame are counterproductive.  
How to tame this mind, so restless and hard to control? This daylong will focus on 
the steady, patient, kindly effort which sets the stage for transformation.

   Welcome to Join us for this day of practice with Ayya Sobhana Theri
and the monastic community at the new Dhammadharini Monastery
For details check our calendar here
 RSVP to dhammadharini.monastery@gmail.com

Full Moon Saturday January 14
8:30-9:00 am | Arrive and settle
9:00 | Guided Meditation
10:15 | Dhamma Reflection
10:45 | Setting up Dana Meal (bring a dish)
11:00 | Dana Meal
12:30-4:30 | Sitting and Walking Meditation
4:30 | Closing Dhamma Reflection
5:00 | Tea and Departure for Day Visitors

Upcoming:  Full Moon Saturday, February 11  “Honoring Mahapajapati Gotami, the first Bhikkhuni”

❧ Special Event

Saturday-Sunday, Jan 21-22

Janine Björnson of Clay Bones & Stones has kindly offered the supplies and scaffolding to correct the uneven color in Dhammadharini’s meditation hall. And with the scaffolding, we can also paint the high trims in one bedroom, from black to white. So we are declaring a special work weekend for painting. Welcome to come and swing a brush for a day or half-day. Wear your painting clothes. We will have all needed supplies.



Saturday, January 21, 
9:00 to 12:30pm Painting (& lunch—please bring a dish to share). 12:30 to 4pm Painting. 4pm Dhamma reflection. 


Sunday, January 22, 9:30 to 12:30pm Dhamma program (with lunch—please bring a dish to share). 12:30 to 4pm Painting. 4pm Dhamma reflection.


❧ Special Event


In Mahapajapati Gotami's Footsteps:
Seminar on the Leadership of Women in Buddhism
Sunday, February 26, 2017

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.

Program is being developed to include speakers and discussion time.


❧ 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) December 18, 25, January 8, 22, 29 

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

Sutta Study Topics: 

December 18: Balancing Energy in Meditation. We will read from the Numerical Discourses (Anguttara Nikaya) AN 6:55.  This is a teaching given to the monk Venerable Sona. The teaching describes how to balance energy in meditation. 

December 25: Wonderful and Marvelous. In this season of miracles, we will read from the Middle Length Discourses (Majjhima Nikaya) MN 123, and consider, what is a real miracle? 

Monday 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 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.monastery@gmail.com

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