“Finding a Home” Robe Offering Ceremony: Celebrating Community, Gathering Support, & Welcoming Luang Por Pasanno!
Saturday, June 17th, 9:30 am – 2 pm at St. Mark’s Cathedral’s Bloedel Hall (enter through back of cathedral), 1245 10th Ave E. Those unable to attend in-person are also welcome to tune in via Zoom or YouTube livestream.
Join the Clear Mountain community from 9:30 am – 2 pm on Sat. June 17th, in celebrating the past two years of a growing community, gathering support for the next phase of the monastery, and welcoming Luang Por Pasanno, founder of Abhayagiri Buddhist monastery.
Traditionally, Kathina and Robe Offering Ceremonies (ผ้าป่า “Pah Bah” in Thai) are the primary events initiated and organized by the lay community in support of monasteries. Every year, many in the community come forward as “sponsors” to champion the event among their friends and family, spreading the word and getting the wider community excited and engaged. We come together in celebration and support of the monastics, their practice and their service to the community by offering food, cloth, and other requisites. Clear Mountain’s 2023 Robe Offering Ceremony, “Finding a Home”, is being held this year to gather support for the purchase of land and buildings for the future monastery. You can find a more detailed description of robe offering ceremonies here. To learn more, step forward as a sponsor, or help as a volunteer, you may contact Ladawan Kongkarat at [email protected].
Everyone is welcome to attend and participate in all or any part of the Robe Offering festival. Feel free to offer food at the potluck, and participate in the joyful feast! Those unable to attend in-person are welcome to tune in via Zoom or YouTube livestream. Welcome!
9:30 – 10 am: Brief welcome, introduction, & guided meditation.
10 – 11 am: Dhamma talk and Q&A with Luang Por Pasanno
11 am – 12:30 pm: Potluck Meal
12:30 – 2 pm: Robe offering ceremony, chanting, and Dhamma reflections
What to Bring
– A cushion to sit on if you want, though chairs will be available as well, and your love of practice!
– An optional potluck dish to share.
Donations offered will help support the future land and buildings of Clear Mountain Monastery. To learn more or come forward as a sponsor, contact Ladawan Kongkarat at [email protected]. To donate, visit Friends of Clear Mountain’s website.
Those driving may enter the campus at the north between the cathedral and the St. Nicholas Building – the location of the Gage Academy and Seattle Amistad School. They may then drive all the way to the back of the cathedral. Parking is free for Clear Mountain attendees even though signs in the lot indicate payment is required. If the “carriage gateway” behind the St. Nicholas building is open, participants are encouraged to park there. We encourage the use of public transportation when convenient, and the Seattle bus #49 stops at the corner of 10th Ave. and E Galer, just north of the meeting place.
Meeting ID: 829 0911 4254 / Passcode: 917562
Luang Por Pasanno
Ajahn Pasanno took ordination in Thailand in 1974 with Venerable Phra Khru Ñāṇasirivatana as preceptor. During his first year as a monk he was taken by his teacher to meet Ajahn Chah, with whom he asked to be allowed to stay and train. One of the early residents of Wat Pah Nanachat, Ajahn Pasanno became its abbot in his ninth year. During his incumbency, Wat Pah Nanachat developed considerably, both in physical size and reputation. Spending 24 years living in Thailand, Ajahn Pasanno became a well-known and highly respected monk and Dhamma teacher. He moved to California on New Year’s Eve of 1997 to share the abbotship of Abhayagiri with Ajahn Amaro. In 2010 Ajahn Amaro accepted an invitation to serve as abbot of Amaravati Buddhist Monastery in England, leaving Ajahn Pasanno to serve as sole abbot of Abhayagiri for the next eight years. In spring of 2018, Ajahn Pasanno stepped back from the role of abbot, leaving the monastery for a year-long retreat abroad. After returning from his sabbatical, Ajahn Pasanno now serves as an anchor of wisdom and guidance for the community. Abhayagiri is now under the active leadership of Ajahn Ñāṇiko, who Ajahn Pasanno requested to serve as abbot.
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Ajahn Kovilo is an American monk who ordained in 2010 at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery with Luang Por Pasanno as his preceptor. He likes memorizing things and walking around and hopes to one day enjoy meditation.
After finishing college in 2012, Ajahn Nisabho left his native Washington to go forth as a Buddhist monk in Thailand. He received full ordination the following spring under Ajahn Anan, a senior disciple of renowned meditation master, Ajahn Chah, and spent the following years training in forest monasteries throughout Thailand, Australia, and the US. While staying with some of the lineage’s most respected teachers, he grew to believe the Thai Forest Tradition’s balance of communal life with solitary forest dwelling, careful adherence to the monastic precepts, and focus on meditation represented a faithful embodiment of the original Buddhist path. Moreover, his time with contemporary masters such as Ajahn Anan, Ajahn Pasanno, and Ajahn Jayasaro, convinced him that such a path could yield great fruit in the heart even amidst the complexities of modern life.
In 2020, after nearly eight years in robes, Ajahn Nisabho returned to the Northwest hoping to help establish a refuge of Dhamma and practice near Seattle.
Founder of Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery