Upcoming Teachings & Events

We are delighted to have these wonderful Dhamma & meditation offerings to share with you. Please mark your calendars and participate as much as you can.  Other than during our yearly Winter Retreat, our Dhammadharini bhikkhuni teachers offer evening Dhamma & meditation teachings at Dhammadharini Monastery on Tuesdays, as well as with groups in Fremont, Oakland, San Jose, San Rafael, and Ukiah. "Dhamma Sundays" at our monastery instruction and group Dhamma discussion on Sunday mornings, and Sunday afternoons we offer a Sutta study and discussion group focusing on the Early Buddhist Teachings of the Pāli-text Tipitaka.   

Scroll down for details.  The complete calendar of public events can be found here.

Starting the Year out Right in the Buddha's Way-
Dhammadharini 2020 Winter Retreat 
January 5 to March 31

We have opened up our waiting list for "Sit & Serve" opportunities to join our Bhikkhuni Sangha for the  2020 Winter Retreat at Dhammadharini Monastery and Aranya Bodhi Forest Hermitage.* Apply for the Sit and Serve waiting list here (application for residential visit to Dhammadharini, fill in info and dates as appropriate).
*First preference will be given to experienced practitioners who are able to join for the entire retreat; two weeks of sit and serve is minimum. For more information, please contact Dhammadharini Monastery at the email, phone/text on our Contact page.

Dhammadharini Bhikkhunis Winter Retreat

❧ Bhikkhunis' Almsrounds in Sebastopol, Santa Rosa and Petaluma

Alms Round will resume in March 2020.  Offer alms food to bhikkhunis, at the Sebastopol Central Park on second and fourth Fridays of each month, and at the Petaluma Farmers Market every Tuesday.  There is an opportunity for Dhamma discussion in the Plaza in Sebastopol after the meal, details here

Ongoing Weekly Programs at Dhammadharini Monastery

at Dhammadharini Monastery in the Sonoma Mountain area of Penngrove. Check our calendar here for all weekly programs or join Dhammadharini's MeetUp group.  

Special Theme for 2020 Winter Retreat

Day visitors are welcome for silent meditation throughout the Winter Retreat. 

Anapanasati Sutta (Mindfulness of Breathing), January 7 through February 9, led by Ayya Sobhana and based on Bhikkhu Analayo’s new book, Mindfulness of Breathing: A Practice Guide and Translations and his guided meditations here: https://www.windhorsepublications.com/mindfulness-of-breathing-audio/

Satipatthana Sutta and various suttas on aspects of Mindfulness., February February 11 through March 22, led by Ayya Suvijjana

Dhamma Sundays (attend all or part)  

 9:30-10:00 |
10:00-10:45 |
10:45-11:00 |
11:00-1:00 |
1:00-2:30 |
 Instruction for beginners to Buddhist meditation
Set-up for potluck meal (welcome to bring a dish to share)
Blessings, meal dana, pot luck and meal clean up
Sutta Study  

Monday — Quiet day for monastics and residents, no formal programs

Tuesday Evenings Meditation & Dhamma Talks

7:00-8:30 pm — "Meditate with a Monk" Guided or silent meditation, & Dhamma reflection followed by Q&A (open group - drop in)  

Daily Chanting & Meditation

Special Daily program during our Winter Retreat January 5 - March 31 2020:  (open group - drop in)  
6:00 am - 10:45 am | open meditation
7:00 am | breakfast
11:00 am | lunch
12:00 noon | lunch clean-up and meditation hall cleaning
1:30 pm | brief teaching, brief chanting, and open ended sit in meditation hall followed by individual practice
Evening to 8:00 pm | open meditation - individual practice

❧ Ongoing Evening Meditations & Dhamma Teachings Offered in the Greater Bay Area 

in Fremont, Oakland, San Rafael, and Ukiah: check calendar here to confirm dates

- Monthly on the last Tuesday with "Dhamma Tuesdays" at Wat Buddhanusorn in Fremont 
- Monthly on the third Wednesdays at Yoga Mendocino in Ukiah {info
- Every other month on Wednesday with Stray Cat Dharma Oakland {info}
~ Periodically with Marin Sangha, San Jose Vipassana and others (check calendar here to see schedule)

Marin Sangha

Ayya Tathaloka and Ayya Sobhana are regularly offering Dhamma and meditation teachings at the Marin Sangha,  St Luke Presbyterian Church, 10 Bayview Dr., San Rafael. info

May all benefit greatly in their meditation and growth in mindfulness, insight & wisdom!

 Visit and Offer Helpful Support

Day visitors are welcome at the Monastery. info

Our bhikkhunis will take personal retreat time in turns, at Aranya Bodhi Hermitage.  We extend a special welcome for friends to arrange for "sit and serve" visits, a few days or longer combining work practice with quiet meditation in nature. info

Dhammadharini is now caring for several white-robed Anagarikas. Your mindful participation and friendship can be a help and encouragement for them.

Friends are welcome to visit the monastery and the hermitage individually or in groups, to offer meal dana, meditate, listen to the Dhamma, or help out with practical chores.  Please contact us to plan your visit.

Dhammadharini Monastery 
at the western foot of Sonoma Mountain
6791 Sturtevant Dr., Penngrove CA 94951
Tel: (707) 583-9522

Dhammadharini's Awakening Forest Hermitage: Aranya Bodhi
on the Sonoma Coast
PO Box 16, Jenner, CA 95450
Tel: (707) 583-9523