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Three Jewels Dhamma Hall is just outside of Fort Bragg on the Mendocino coast of northern California. Three Jewels is dedicated to sharing Buddhist teachings in the Theravadan Thai Forest Tradition. The members of the Three Jewels group, or sangha, are mentored by Ajahn Pasanno, abbot of Abhayagiri, a monastery in the lineage of Ajahn Chah. Abhayagiri is located in the mountains outside of Redwood Valley, about 50 miles inland from Fort Bragg.
Three Jewels means Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha. The word Buddha may refer to the historical Buddha who lived 2500 years ago, and it may also point to the wisdom that resides within each person. Dhamma means the teachings that the Buddha gave and can also mean things as they are right now. Sangha is the community of people who have practiced and internalized the teachings through the millennia.
The core of the teachings is how to live without creating suffering in oneself and others. It is soothing, reinforcing, and helpful to have a group of people who practice together. The teachings are open to all and are offered freely.Read More About Us
The Buddha taught that in each of us the mind/heart is intrinsically radiant and pure, though often overwhelmed by transient obstructions. We allow visitors, chiefly uninvited, to become guests in the mind. We can retrain such habits to reconnect with our innate clarity. The Buddha's description of mindfulness is not of a passive state, rather one which requires effort to overcome unwholesome patterns and support wholesome states. Awakening is the natural result of the quality of knowing which we develop in meditation. Key practices to this development include mindfulness, discernment, recollection, and relinquishment. The essence of Buddhist practice is to nurture trust and confidence in this process.
You can also listen to guided meditation and discussion from this session.
As on the third Monday of every month April through December, a teaching monk from Abhayagiri Monastery will visit Three Jewels to lead our meeting. He will guide meditation, give a talk, and answer questions. Meetings are open to all. See the Weekly Events below for more information about Monday sangha meetings.
This series began in February. The remaining dates are August 21 and October 16 this year.
These Sundays will be opportunities for extended meditation. All the classic postures of sitting, standing, walking, lying down will be explored. Regular gatherings will continue on other Sundays as described in Weekly Events below.
Each meeting starts with guided meditation suitable for beginners as well as long-time practitioners.
Following meditation, a selection is shared from Beginning Our Day, a collection of short talks given every morning at Abhayagiri Monastery before the community work period. The talks cover a diverse array of subjects but are intended to be practical and easy to use. They provide opportunities to train the heart in safety, well being, and happiness. The books are provided freely.
All are welcomethe teachings are valuable to beginners as well as longtime practitioners. Cushions, blankets, stools, and chairs are provided. There is no charge, though donations are always appreciated.
On the third Monday every month until next year's Winter Retreat, a teaching monk from Abhayagiri will lead our gathering. He will guide meditation, give a talk, and answer questions. As usual, these special opportunities are open to all, regardless of experience with Buddhism.
Open to all: experienced, beginners, those with beginner's mind, those with religion, those without, those unsure.
Each session includes appropriate guidance in meditation techniques, relections on a brief teaching, and an opportunity to have questions answered. Freewill donations are accepted for use of the Hall.
The leader, Cindy Mettika Hoffman, was ordained as a lay minister in the Thai Forest Tradition of Buddhism at Abhayagiri Monastery. She was also given authorization to teach meditation by Spirit Rock Meditation Center.