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Abhayagiri Community is safe

Post by Lucas Oliveira » Tue Oct 10, 2017 10:00 am

Abhayagiri Community is safe

You have likely heard about the fires in Northern California. We want to let you know that the Abhayagiri community is safe. We don’t know what will happen with Kathina this Sunday. Please check this website for announcements before visiting Abhayagiri.

https://www.abhayagiri.org/news


https://discourse.suttacentral.net/t/ab ... fires/6685


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Post by Javi » Wed Oct 11, 2017 3:36 pm

Good to know, the fires are very close.

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Post by Lucas Oliveira » Wed Oct 11, 2017 8:29 pm

California fires: At least 21 dead as hundreds reported missing

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/10/11/us/ca ... index.html
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Post by Lucas Oliveira » Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:01 pm

Abhayagiri Residents Safe at CTTB


We want to let everybody know that the Abhayagiri community is safe and is currently staying at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas.

As of Thursday, 10am, the Abhayagiri property is most likely not damaged but conditions are volatile and are there is no access to the property.

We are asking that people not to come visit us at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas to leave roads, hotels, and services available to others who have evacuated.

We will be posting updates on our condition at least once a day for the foreseeable future.

The following photo was taken at around 9am this morning.

In addition, we will have more information today, Thursday, at around 6pm PST. Please check back then.

https://www.abhayagiri.org/news/212-abh ... fe-at-cttb



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Post by DNS » Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:03 pm

Lucas Oliveira wrote:
Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:01 pm
Abhayagiri Residents Safe at CTTB
We want to let everybody know that the Abhayagiri community is safe and is currently staying at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas.


:thumbsup:

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Post by bodom » Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:10 pm

DNS wrote:
Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:03 pm
Lucas Oliveira wrote:
Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:01 pm
Abhayagiri Residents Safe at CTTB
We want to let everybody know that the Abhayagiri community is safe and is currently staying at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas.


:thumbsup:

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The fire is now within miles of the monastery as per posted from Abhayagiri facebook page. Looks like it might be lost.

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Post by DNS » Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:41 pm

bodom wrote:
Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:10 pm
The fire is now within miles of the monastery as per posted from Abhayagiri facebook page. Looks like it might be lost.
Oh no! I've visited there and it is very beautiful, nice buildings, meditation hall, walking-hiking trails.

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Post by DNS » Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:46 pm

Look at these maps, the first one of Abhayagiri location and the second link is where the fires are right now. It certainly doesn't look good.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Abhay ... 123.232389

http://google.org/crisismap/google.com/2017-tubbs-fire

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Post by Will » Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:04 pm

Just about a mile north of Abhayagiri is an Eastern Orthodox monastery. The monks have left and said many neighbors did the same. Fire damage has occurred to those neighbors. As for the monastery - May their God and our Buddha keep all safe!
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Post by Lucas Oliveira » Fri Oct 13, 2017 1:47 am

‘That could be my death’: Monks face flames at California monastery

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nat ... 760385001/
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Post by Lucas Oliveira » Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:44 pm

California wildfires threaten Buddhist centers and monasteries

Sonoma Mountain Zen Center and Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery were both threatened by the wildfires, but now seem to be safe from major harm.

https://www.lionsroar.com/california-wi ... nasteries/
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Post by Will » Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:10 pm

Only 10% containment - winds may pick up tonight...

http://www.fire.ca.gov/current_incident ... Index/1874
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Post by Nicolas » Mon Oct 16, 2017 6:15 pm

Fire Update, October 15, 2017
https://www.abhayagiri.org/news/219-fir ... er-15-2017

Just before the Kathina Ceremony started, Luang Por Pasanno shared some positive news that the major buildings on the Abhayagiri property were not damaged. In addition, during the Sunday evening’s county press conference, officials were confident that the properties along Tomki road, including the Abhayagiri property, would be reopened for residents and owners very soon.

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Post by Lucas Oliveira » Tue Oct 17, 2017 2:36 pm

IMPORTANT: As October 17, 2017, Abhayagiri Monastery is not open to the public. We will post an announcement when people will be allowed to visit the monastery.

During the morning meeting today Luang Por Pasanno read out loud an email from Tan Kovilo describing a reflection given by Luang Por Liem at Wat Pah Nanachat. You can read it here:

Don’t Let Your Thoughts Get you Down by Luang Por Liem

Debbie received a message indicating that the Tomki road residents would be allowed to return to their homes, and that included the monastery. So, at around 10am, Luang Por Pasanno, Ajahn Karuṇadhammo, Ajahn Jotipālo, Sāmaṇera Tissaro and Debbie left the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas to do an initial reconnaissance mission back to the monastery.

The crew came back a few hours later and reported that the monastery, with a few exceptions, was completely intact. There were still many fire personnel on the property as fires are still smoldering. However, no structures were damaged, at least none the crew could see on their initial trip.


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Post by Will » Tue Oct 17, 2017 2:44 pm

Dhamma protectors at work :bow: :bow: :bow:
Ajahn Jotipālo recounted one experience talking with a firefighting crew from New Mexico:

I asked the crew from New Mexico how it was fighting the fire. They had been on the property for about 5 days. They said it was the weirdest thing, like the monastery refused to burn.
They said one evening (probably the day Timothy Luke was forced to leave Mt. Tabor, when he reported seeing 200 foot tall flames on the ridge) that 10 battalions (20 to a battalion) were out on the loop trail fighting the fires coming down from the ridge. They reported that the fires got down to the loop trail but the fire wouldn’t cross the trail. They said it was like the monastery refused to burn, and none of them could explain it. They reported their hair standing on it’s end and then the fire reversed itself and went back up the mountain. Everybody was kind of freaked-out, as they had never seen anything like this.
I asked several of the other crews about their experience and they all reported about this.
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Post by pilgrim » Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:32 am

Will wrote:
Tue Oct 17, 2017 2:44 pm
Dhamma protectors at work :bow: :bow: :bow:
Ajahn Jotipālo recounted one experience talking with a firefighting crew from New Mexico:

I asked the crew from New Mexico how it was fighting the fire. They had been on the property for about 5 days. They said it was the weirdest thing, like the monastery refused to burn.
They said one evening (probably the day Timothy Luke was forced to leave Mt. Tabor, when he reported seeing 200 foot tall flames on the ridge) that 10 battalions (20 to a battalion) were out on the loop trail fighting the fires coming down from the ridge. They reported that the fires got down to the loop trail but the fire wouldn’t cross the trail. They said it was like the monastery refused to burn, and none of them could explain it. They reported their hair standing on it’s end and then the fire reversed itself and went back up the mountain. Everybody was kind of freaked-out, as they had never seen anything like this.
I asked several of the other crews about their experience and they all reported about this.
Also at Dhammadharini Bhikkhuni monastery as reported by Ayya Tathaloka

"Friends, earlier with less detailed mapping, it had looked like our old Dhammadharini Vihara on Grange Rd in Santa Rosa's Bennett Valley had burned in the #SonomaCountyFire, and this was reported to us a couple of days ago.
However - the satellite photo burn map seems to show otherwise, and the graphic fire map shows the same--the fire appears to have come within a few feet of our old vihara main building and the barn, but to have spared both of these."

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Post by Lucas Oliveira » Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:32 am

Will wrote:
Tue Oct 17, 2017 2:44 pm
Dhamma protectors at work :bow: :bow: :bow:
Ajahn Jotipālo recounted one experience talking with a firefighting crew from New Mexico:

I asked the crew from New Mexico how it was fighting the fire. They had been on the property for about 5 days. They said it was the weirdest thing, like the monastery refused to burn.
They said one evening (probably the day Timothy Luke was forced to leave Mt. Tabor, when he reported seeing 200 foot tall flames on the ridge) that 10 battalions (20 to a battalion) were out on the loop trail fighting the fires coming down from the ridge. They reported that the fires got down to the loop trail but the fire wouldn’t cross the trail. They said it was like the monastery refused to burn, and none of them could explain it. They reported their hair standing on it’s end and then the fire reversed itself and went back up the mountain. Everybody was kind of freaked-out, as they had never seen anything like this.
I asked several of the other crews about their experience and they all reported about this.
:bow:

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Post by DNS » Thu Oct 19, 2017 2:07 am

Lucas Oliveira wrote:
Thu Oct 19, 2017 1:36 am
Fire Update, October 17-18, 2017
https://www.abhayagiri.org/news/222-fir ... 17-18-2017
Good news! :thumbsup:

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Post by samseva » Thu Oct 19, 2017 3:39 am

Wow, from the text and pictures (and from Ajahn Jotipālo), every time the fire approached something that belonged to the monastery, it stopped or turned arround. Apparently the only thing they lost was part of a small wooden bridge and 2 wooden steps.

Their neighbour's home completely burnt down, except for one thing—a plastic Buddharūpa.

Work of devas, maybe? :smile:

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