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Ayya Anandabodhi

Ayya Anandabodhi first encountered the Buddha's teachings in her early teens, igniting a deep interest in the Buddha's Path of Awakening. She lived and trained as a nun in the Forest Tradition at Amaravati and Chithurst monasteries in England from 1992 until 2009, when she moved to the US to help establish Aloka Vihara Forest Monastery, a training monastery for women. Her practice and teaching are guided by early Buddhist scriptures and through nature's pure and immediate Dhamma. In 2011, she took full Bhikkhuni Ordination, joining the growing number of women who are reclaiming this path in the Theravada tradition. She currently resides at Aloka Vihara, near Placerville, CA.

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Featured Audio Talk
May 07, 2021 - The Four Protective Meditations: Developing Courage to Meet the Way Things Truly Are

The Buddha had experienced the greatest pleasures in worldly life: beautiful, comfortable, delightful experiences through the five senses. And he had experienced the most profound, refined pleasures through the mind in meditation practice. He said that when he found a path between these two extremes it was like walking through a dense forest and finding an ancient path that had been forgotten. Following that path led to an overgrown city, where there had once been gardens, pools, and mansions—places of peace and joy now lost and forgotten. The Noble Eightfold Path is this forgotten path that leads to that place of freedom, awakening, peace, joy, and contentment.

Ayya Ānandabodhī is the abbot of Āloka Vihāra Forest Monastery, Placerville, CA, and is teaching Monday Night Meditation & Talk, August 29.

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