Guest Teacher Ajahn Kovilo! Special Friday Morning Community Meditation, Teaching, & Potluck Brunch in Volunteer Park
Friday, Aug. 6th, 9:30 am – noon, Volunteer Park, 1247 15th Ave E, Seattle (South of the Asian Art Museum)
As the usual Saturday morning gathering will be replaced this weekend by the Aug.7th Day-long retreat at Fauntleroy Church, we’re going to gather on Friday instead! Come join us Friday, Aug.6th for a morning of meditation, food, and a chance to meet visiting teacher and monastic of the Clear Mountain Monastery Project, Ajahn Kovilo! From 9:30 am – noon, local practitioners will gather together in Volunteer Park, Seattle, for a community meditation, teaching, and potluck brunch meal-offering. Gatherings will generally feature meditation from 9:30 – 10:00, a Dhamma teaching from Ajahn Kovilo from 10:00 – 10:30, a silent shared meal from 10:30 – 11:00, and a Dhamma discussion from 11 – 11:30, after which those who wish may stay and visit. The community aims to meet to the South of the Asian Art Museum. Those interested may bring a dish (vegetarian and vegan offerings would accommodate all attendees’ dietary preferences, though all gifts of food are appreciated), utensils (plates, forks, napkins, etc.), and a folding chair or blanket. If you have a folding table, please consider bringing that as well.
Ajahn Kovilo is an Ohio-born monk who, having been introduced to meditation through the Goenka tradition, first entered the monastery in 2006. After receiving full ordination from Ajahn Pasanno and Ajahn Amaro at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery in California in 2010, Ajahn Kovilo spent the next decade training at monasteries in the Ajahn Chah tradition in America and Thailand. In 2020, after a year practicing at a Pa Auk Sayadaw monastery, Ajahn Kovilo enrolled at the Dharma Realm Buddhist University in Ukiah, California where he is currently studying Pali and Sanskrit among other courses. Until the end of his formal studies, Ajahn Kovilo will be participating in the growing Clear Mountain Monastery community remotely and during Winter and Summer breaks and will be joining the community in person on a more regular basis thereafter.
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After finishing college in 2012, “Tahn” 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, Tahn Nisabho returned to the Northwest hoping to help establish a refuge of Dhamma and practice near Seattle.