Join Us at a Daylong Meditation Retreat! - in person with Ayya Sobhanā - Sat Aug 26th at Wat Buddha Fremont

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Aug 5, 2023, 11:47:18 PM8/5/23
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Dear Dhamma friends-
You are invited to a daylong meditation retreat with Bhikkhuni Venerable Ayya Sobhana Theri on Saturday, August 26, 2023 at Wat Buddhanusorn Temple in Fremont, CA. For details of the event and to RSVP, please click on the link below:

Much metta,
Shari Gent, Event Organizer

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Love, Suffering, Death & Being with the Dhamma

Daylong Retreat at Wat Buddhanusorn 

August 24, 2023, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm 

Led by Venerable Sobhanā Therī

These days, our society and the natural world seem to be in a lot of trouble.  Those who are not well established in the Dhamma can be overwhelmed, and even those who have practiced in line with the Dhamma for a long time can feel the disturbance.  There is a skillful way to meet and overcome the inevitable problems and failures in life, to have compassion for our natural human reactions, and to transform each experience of suffering — dukkha — into an opportunity for wisdom and liberation — paññā vimutti.  Ven. Bhikkhunī Sobhanā Therī will offer guided meditation and Dhamma discussion aimed at such healing and transformation.

Communal Meal

Please bring a vegetarian dish to offer to the monastics and share with the group.

What to Bring

Feel free to bring a meditation cushion or seat. A limited number of chair will be available.

Register Now

To attend in person please register with the retreat organizer Sampunna Shari Gent, at

Register here to join online: 

Portions of the day will be live-streamed and available for viewing on Dhammadharini’s Youtube channel. [


This retreat is offered through the generosity of Wat Buddhanusorn and Dhammadharini Monastery, for voluntary donation (dana) only. The opportunity to offer dana to Wat Buddhanusorn and to Dhammadharini will be available.


Wat Buddhanusorn, “temple for the dedication of the Buddha”, was founded in 1983 and in keeping with Thai Theravadan Buddhist traditional has always relied on donations and volunteer work for its support. The main objectives behind the founding of the temple community are for propagating the Buddha’s teachings and practice, to teach and promote Thai art, language, and culture to all those who are interested, and to serve as a pillar of the Thai community.  

Many of the projects the monks and supporters are involved in focus on building and strengthening the Buddhist community in Fremont whether it be holding an open house or conducting meditation and dhamma classes. All are welcome to attend without discrimination and the congregation has begun to reflect the diversity of their community, something rather uncommon in Thai temples in the west. 

36054 Niles Blvd. • Fremont, CA 94536

The Teacher

Venerable Sobhanā Therī

Ayya Sobhana trained with master Dhamma and meditation teacher Venerable Dr. Henepola Gunaratana Nāyaka Mahāthero (known as "Bhante G") since 1989. Her primary practice is the Eightfold Noble Path, that is, integration of meditation with ethical living and compassionate relationships for the sake of liberation. She “went forth” into monastic life as a Sāmanerī in 2003 at the Bhavana Society of West Virginia with Bhante Gunaratana as her teacher, and obtained full Bhikkhuni ordination at Dambulla, Sri Lanka in 2006, with the Most Venerables Sīrī Sumedhā Mahātherī and Sīri Sumangala Mahāthero as her bhikkhunī and bhikkhu preceptors. After nearly five years of monastic life and teacher training with Bhante Gunaratana, in 2010 Ayyā Sobhanā was invited to dwell at the new bhikkhunī hermitage, Aranya Bodhi, on California's Sonoma Coast, which she has played an important and leading role in developing. In 2016, Ayyā Sobhanā was appointed vice abbess of Dhammadharini, and in 2020 she was appointed a bhikkhunī preceptor. Ayyā teaches around the greater San Francisco Bay Area, and on both coasts of the US, offering retreats at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Southern Dharma Retreat Center, and at Buddhist Insights of New York. She also offers regular meditation and Sutta teachings as well as retreats online hosted by Dhammadharini Monastery (see Dhammadharini Monastery on YouTube).

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