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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 way of the world is to suffer. The way of the Buddha’s practice is to go against the stream of the world and end suffering. The practice is to cultivate virtuous behavior, mental steadiness, and wisdom. It is a way of learning how to live, “not a matter of contemplating the right thing until a huge light hits us and our problems are solved.” Thus, any situation that arises represents an opportunity to practice.
Ajahn Ñāniko also discusses monastic practices, including functions with lay people. He describes the monastery as “a kind of public property” in which the monks are “like wildlife.”
You can also listen to guided meditation and discussion from this session.
Ajahn Pasanno, abbot of Abhayagiri Monastery since 1997 and one of the most senior monks worldwide in the Thai Forest Buddhist lineage, will lead the weekly meeting open to all at Three Jewels. He will guide meditation, give a talk, and answer questions.
Ajahn Pasanno is a well-known and highly-respected monk in both Thailand and the United States. As mentor of Three Jewels, he participated in its bale-raising ceremony in 1998 and has been a regular visitor ever since.
See the following Weekly Events section for more information.
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 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.