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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
Although not the entirety of Buddhist practice, meditation is the entry point for many westerners to Buddhism as well as an essential practice to develop a clear and settled state of mind. The Buddha described the Five Hindrances as chief obstructions to clarity and calm. Beyond the words necessary to describe them, the Hindrances refer to actual experiences of affective states of the mind and heart. This talk concludes with a meditation that enables the listener to experience the desired state of the absence of the Hindrances.
You can also listen to guided meditation and discussion from this session.
With the conclusion of their Winter Retreat at the end of March, teaching monks from Abhayagiri Monastery have resumed their schedule of regular visits to Three Jewels. They will continue to be here on the third Monday of each month until they begin their 2016 Retreat next January. The evenings are freely offered. Donations to maintain the Hall are welcome.
Our sangha began a special study during this year's Winter Retreat at Abhayagiri. As usual, each evening starts with guided meditation suitable for beginners as well as long-time practitioners.
Following meditation, the topic has been the Noble Eightfold Path, which comprises the core teachings of the Buddha. We are reading Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness, by the revered Sri Lankan monk Bhante Gunaratana. The book delivers a simple message: Living a happy life is not a theory or dream, but something eminently practical and achievable through understanding and putting the teachings into practice.
There is opportunity for discussion throughout the reading. Regular attendance is helpful but not required. It would be useful to obtain a copy of the book.
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.
Open to all: experienced, beginners, those with beginner's mind, those with religion, those without, those unsure.
Each session includes instruction in basic meditation techniques and time for questions and answers. Freewill donations are accepted for use of the Hall.
The instructor, 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.
This group is open to people who would like to further investigate the Buddha's teachings through study, practice, inquiry, and direct investigation. This meeting time has been chosen as it directly follows Guided Meditation every Wednesday.
To maintain group integrity and stability, a commitment is asked for those interested to make an intention to attend the group weekly.