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About Us

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.

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Ajahn Naniko i
Flexibility and Gratitude
Ajahn Ñāniko
September 21, 2015

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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.


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Special Events

Teaching Monk
Monday, April 18
7:00-8:30 p.m.
Abhayagiri sign

With the end of their Winter Retreat, one of the teaching monks from Abhayagiri Monastery will resume their schedule of visiting Three Jewels to facilitate our meeting the third Monday every month until next year. 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.

Extended Meditation
Quarterly Third Sundays
    (February, May,
    August, October)
9:30 a.m. - noon
Buddha outdoors

This series began in February. The remaining dates are May 15, 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.

Weekly Events

Sangha Meeting
Every Monday
7:00-8:30 p.m.

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 welcome—the 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.


Meditation, Study, Reflection
Every Sunday
9:30-11:00 a.m.
Meditator in lotus

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.

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New on this site

8/15/15: Guided meditation, talk, q&a by Ajahn Pasanno 6/15/15.
1/27/16: Information about Quarterly Extended Meditation in Special Events above.
3/26/16: Information about Day in Fort Bragg 3/31, top of Special Events above.