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.

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❧ Special Event: Six-Week Spring Retreat

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This spring retreat will be a time for monastic women at Dhammadharini to share an extended period of formal practice with a senior visiting teacher. We are grateful for the support of loving friends helping create this precious opportunity.

Nine monastic women will join for retreat, together with seven lay friends & monastic life aspirants. The majority will be practicing at Aranya Bodhi Hermitage. This part of the retreat will be secluded, no visitors.

Visitors are welcome to participate in a parallel retreat at the Dhammadharini Monastery in Penngrove, by joining for silent meditation, hearing recorded Dhamma talks, and sharing the meal offerings.

Two bhikkhunis and two monastic life aspirants will be present at the Monastery from Tuesday through Sunday throughout the retreat. On Mondays they make a day visit to Aranya Bodhi.

There will be two special danas to greet our visitors, and a public day long retreat.

Ways to volunteer and support this retreat here. Ways to join in meditation and hearing the Dhamma here.

❧ 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. 

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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

❧ Special Meal Dana to Greet Sayadaw U Jagara

Sunday May 21 at Aranya Bodhi Hermitage.
To RSVP or help us coordinate this dana, please RSVP here.

❧ Vesak Full Moon Celebration

❧ 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,