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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
This wide-ranging yet deeply unified talk gathers many strands of Buddhist teachings and conveys their shared basis in the values of flexibility and gratitude. Ajahn Ñāniko recounts how a tudong (walking journey), enabled him to spend time with Native Americans, inspiring him to investigate connections between Native American and Buddhist teachings. Both traditions consider it very spiritually healthy for the mind to go into uncertainty. The Native American vision quest is not so far from the Buddhist tudong.
As well as flexibility, grateful homage is both a requisite for and result of escape from the rut of “me” in which we find ourselves. “Those who don’t hold something higher than themselves have no true happiness.”
You can also listen to guided meditation and discussion from this session. Questions include considerations for laypeople and Ajahn Ñāniko's personal path to monasticism.
As on the third Monday of most months, a teaching monk from Abhayagiri Monastery will facilitate the weekly meeting open to all at Three Jewels. He will guide meditation, give a talk, and take questions. See Weekly Events below for details on other Monday meetings.
On Mondays when the monks do not visit, our sangha is undertaking a special study. 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 appropriate guidance in meditation techniques 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.
Following Sunday meditation, this group is open to people who would like to further investigate the Buddha's teachings through study, practice, inquiry, and direct investigation.
To maintain group integrity and stability, participants should intend to attend regularly.