Jul 15, 2017 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

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Special Benefit Day For The Mindfulness Care Center with Ajahn Pasanno.
Abbot of Abhayagiri Monastery and most senior Western disciple of Venerable Ajahn Chah in the United States.

Saturday, July 15th 9:00am - 4:30PM

Ajahn Pasanno Abbott Of Abyagiri Monastery will be leading a special Benefit Day for the Mindfulness Care Center. The will consist of teachings and stories of the early years training with the Venerable Ajahn Chah. The morning with offer sitting and walking practice with a Dharma reflection. The afternoon will consist of lively stories of Ajahn Pasanno's early years training under his teacher Ajahn Chah in Thailand.

There will be a meal offering to the Monastics at 11:00am.

All proceeds and contributions for day will benefit the Mindfulness Care Center a 501(3)(c) Nonprofit. The MCC/Mindfulness Care Center exists through the acts of generosity. The MCC main benefactor Muriel Wanderer recently passed. Ajahn Pasanno supports the Mindfulness Care Center's continuation of programs, workshops and classes the offer pathways of healing stress, unresolved anxieties and PTSD. The MCC offers their classes on a dana/donation raise with scholarship opportunities for our longer programs.


Ajahn Pasanno (born Reed Perry, Manitoba, Canada, July 26, 1949) is the most senior Western disciple of Ven. Ajahn Chah in the United States, and most senior in the world after Ajahn Sumedho and Ajahn Khemadhammo. For many years he was the abbot of Wat Pah Nanachat International Forest Monastery in Northeast Thailand. In the late 1990s, Ajahn Pasanno moved to California to head the new Abhayagiri Monastery. With more than 40 years as a bhikkhu (Buddhist monk), Ajahn Pasanno has been instrumental in training many monks in Thailand and the United States and has been supportive of training for women.

On December 5, 2015, at the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaeo) in Bangkok, Ajahn Pasanno received the honorary ecclesiastical title “Chao Khun” and name “Phra Bodhinyanavidesa” from the Crown Prince of Thailand, on behalf of His Majesty King Bhumipol Adulyadet. The title “Chao Khun” is given periodically to monks in the Thai tradition who have distinguished themselves with their contributions to the monastic tradition. This high honor is particularly significant as Western monks are rarely awarded this special recognition.

In January 4, 1974, at the age of 24, Ajahn Pasanno took ordination at Wat Pleng Vipassana in Bangkok, Thailand 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 Ajahn Pasanno’s tenure as abbot, Wat Pah Nanachat developed considerably, increasing in size from 40 acres to 140 acres, and Ajahn Pasanno initiated an extensive tree-planting project that made Wat Pah Nanachat a model site for reforestation with the Department of Forestry in Ubon Ratchathani.





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Mindfulness Care Center

San Francisco
42 Gough Street

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