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.

Vesak Season at Dhammadharini

Vesak Season starts with the new moon on April 14th this year. We will start our Vesak observances by contemplating an aspect of the Four Noble Truths during a day of meditation.  The season concludes with another day of meditation on May 12th.

Our Full Moon Buddha Day Vesak Celebration is April 29th.

We will have special guest teacher, Ven. Liệu Pháp Viditadhamma Theri. Ven. Viditadhamma teaches Buddhism internationally and is a Theravada Bhikkhuni Preceptor. She is the abbess of Suññatā Bhikkhunī Ārāma - Ni Viện Viên Không in Vietnam, and Deputy Head of the English Dharma Studies Department at Vietnam Buddhist University where she teaches courses on Pali-text Buddhism and Buddhism in English. Ven. Viditadhamma regularly offers weekend meditation retreats for adults as well as annual Dhamma summer camps for children at Suññatā Bhikkhunī Ārāma. More on Ven Viditadhamma Theri.

Two other Vietnamese-Canadian women monastic visitors arriving around April 12th (date tbd) who will also likely be with us during this time: Ven Bhikkhuni Aggadhammagavesi and Sikkhamana Adhicitta.

❧ Daylong Retreat:  The Four Noble Truths: The Experience of Release (second of two Vesak Season daylongs)     

Sat. May 12th

         at Dhammadharini Monastery

Through observation and other methods taught by the Buddha we can see how we cause suffering for ourselves and how to become free from it.  We will explore ways to use the Buddha' teachings on causality and the Four Noble Truths to release ourselves from the suffering of clinging. 
"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

8:30 am • 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 to 4:30 pm • Sitting and walking meditation
4:30 pm• Closing Reflection

This day of practice includes guided and silent meditation periods.  Welcome to join all or part.  
Please RSVP to dhammadharini.monastery@gmail.com

Upcoming Day Long Retreats at the Dhammadharini MonasteryMark your calendars

Sat. June 16th, topic to be announced

❧ Vesak - Buddha Day Celebration Sunday April 29th 

With special programs for children of all ages. Guest teacher Ven. Liệu Pháp Viditadhamma Theri

9-9:30  •  Arrival
9:30   Guided Meditation/Children's Program
10:30    Set up Meal Dana (please bring a dish to share)
11:00    Buddha Puja, Precepts Ceremony, Rice Pindapat & Lunch
1:30    Circumambulation and Bathing the Buddha
2:00    Dhamma Reflection with Ven Lieu Phap Viditadhamma
3:30    Closing Blessings

Printable flyer, please share

❧ Special Tuesday Evening Program 

Meditation and Dhamma Teaching with Ven. Viditadhamma Theri at Dhammadharini Monastery, Tuesday May 1st, 7-8:30 pm

 Visit and Offering Helpful Support

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

Friday evening Apr 27; Ven. Viditadhamma Liệu Pháp Theri's Arrival to Dhammadharini Monastery in Penngrove from Airport (*ride offering opportunity)

Saturday Apr 28 from 5 to 7pm. Join in decorating the Monastery for Vesak Day.

Sunday April 29 from 4 to 5 pm: Help with cleaning up following the Vesak Celebration

❧ Alms Round in Sebastopol, Santa Rosa and Petaluma

For Vesak Season, offer alms food to a larger group of monastic women, at the Sebastopol Central Park on Friday April 12 and Friday April 27; and at the Petaluma Farmers Market on Tuesday May 1.  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,