Staying at Empty Cloud

from today until the beginning of July I will be staying at Empty Cloud monastery.

After speading 5 months in monastic settings last year in California, this year so far has seen me staying a lot with family and laity, as previous plans fall through, but its also been good as my family has had to deal with severe illness and other things( even when you become a monastic you still have duties to your parents). I’m looking forward to spending the next few months in a monastic setting.

after that its figuring out Vassa and hopefully some overseas travel towards the end of the years, and one more visit to Colorado of course.

The Nomad monks life continues on.

Maggasekha Retreat Next Weekend

One week until the next Maggasekha Retreat : Living the Noble Eightfold Path in the Modern World

Spots still available, Come join me for a weekend of practice-

Thursday Night Session Returns Tonight 8pm

my weekly second life session at the Buddha Center is returning as of tonight, for the next few months. Dammapalooza also returns on Monday.

Update on Streaming/Events Schedule

Some of you may have noticed that for the past few weeks, due to travel and some personal family issues, I’ve not held up my regular schedule of events, like Dhammapalooza, MME, Ask a Bhante, etc.

It’s a bit of an uncertain time and lots of moving around. Starting May 11th through June I should be more stable, staying at Empty Cloud. I’m not sure MME will be able to be continued during that time, but all my other regular stuff should be consistent then.

subscribe to this website on the right and you’ll get emails when I post things and you’ll be up to date.

thanks for the continued support,

Bhante J

Next Retreat in three weeks

Maggasekha Zoom Retreat : Living the Noble Eightfold Path in the Modern World

Update to support page

The Dana page ( ) has been updated with a section when I have a major need, such as medical procedures not covered by insurance. For instance I’m currently in need of support for two dental procedures and so this is listed :

***Current Major Needs:

– Bhante is currently in need of support to have dental work completed that is not covered by insurance


There will only be something there when a specific need arises

Two New Retreats for May and June

Two new weekend zoom retreats coming in May and June

First on living the Noble eightfold Path : the weekend of  May 14&15 :

Second is on Satipatthana, the foundations of mindfulness, the weekend of June 25&26 :

Ask a Bhante

“Does Buddhist advocate improving material conditions to help people get to a more content state”

Dhammapalooza in 6 Hours

Ask a Bhante

Ask a Bhante, every Wednesday, have a question you think I should answer? post in comments or send me an email.

Available for Travel, Visiting and Sharing Dhamma

Hello friends,

I just wanted to write this reminder to share as things open up that I am open to accepting invites for travel , both to share Dhamma, or just to visit for a time, or for Vassa invites. Of course Zoom sessions are also always on the table.

As a Nomad monastic I truly rely on the generosity of individuals for places to stay, food to eat, clothing and medicine and all the other little things related to sharing DHamma in the modern age. I am grateful for all of you who support me with monetary donations. This year so far has been a big learning lesson for me in impermanence as plans fall through and I need to rely on fewer people for a place to stay. It’s an interesting time to investigate fears and motivations as things become more uncertain, however I do keep in mind one important thing Ajahn Brahm told me years ago, “Trust in Kamma to Provide”. So I try to balance out how much I plan and actively try to get things happening, with letting go, I don’t quite know I have that balance down just yet.

If you’d like me to come to your neck of the woods, for a weekend to share Dhamma, or to hang around for a few weeks, feel free to send me an email and we can talk about it. I’m pretty much free of long term schedules now, so I’m open.

Facebook Memory from the Early Days.

Bhikkhu Jayasara
March 27, 2015 ·
Shared with Public

Ive been doing a lot of contemplation on my life lately. One of the good things about living at a monastery is that even if its busy you can still find a little time for said activity.

Ive come to the conclusion that there are two things in this life that have brought me the most joy and happiness.

Those two thing are:

1) the freedom I’m ever so slowly developing through insight gained in my meditation practice. There truely is no deeper joy.

2) the true pure joy of knowing you’ve played a part in helping someone else better their lives in some way or get through something tough. Whether thats been helping my wife through the last years of her life, helping to raise my nephew into a good person, to the handful of times i helped a parent determined to better themselves at CPS and saw the transformation, to doing what i could to motivate a goruck teammate or a bhavana retreatant not to quit.

I’ve come to realize that even though I dream of being by myself in the woods meditating for the rest of my life, im at my best when doing what I can to help others. Since a small child ive always wanted to help others.

Sometimes I joke to myself that i must be like that guy from one of my favorite tv shows quantum leap, who leaps into the bodies of others to help fix people’s lives etc.

but ive come to realize that helping without wisdom can be something that does more harm then good. Now I try to stick to my limits of what i can do and point elsewhere when the situation is beyond me.

So I just need to make sure ive helped myself before i help others, because as the buddha said.. If you are stuck in a raging river and can’t cross, how can you help others cross?

Im so very grateful for all the people ive met in this life and all the experiences ive had, “good” or “bad”. Im most grateful now to be in a place where i can do the upmost to help myself and others better our lives, and through doing so the world around us as well.


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