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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 pointed to an experiential perspective rather than to ideas and philosophies. The tools for learning to see our experience more clearly and then make wholesome choices based on this insight lie all about us in our ordinary lives: “We all experience happiness and suffering, wanting and not wanting, liking and disliking, and it’s right at that point that we can learn. That’s where we study, that’s where we practice.”
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. More information in Weekly Events below.
On the third Monday of each month, April through December, a senior monk from Abhayagiri Monastery visits to guide meditation, teach, and answer questions. Tea is served during the discussion.
On other Mondays the meditation guidance and teaching are given by Mettika Cindy Hoffman, the founder and lay minister of Three Jewels. Sometimes Mettika instead shares a recorded talk, usually by a monk associated with Abhayagiri.
All are welcomethe teachings are helpful to both beginners and 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.