Mahapajapati Monastery is a meditation monastery for women dedicated to living the Buddha's teachings. We are a monastic and contemplative community in the Theravada Buddhist tradition, and as such, we value both solitude and social harmony. We invite you to share in our simple, quiet life of practice and study.

The monastery is in Pioneertown, California, on eighty acres of high desert in the southern part of the state. Founded in 2007 by Therese Duchesne, Mahapajapati Monastery was under the guidance of Ayya Gunasari as invited abbess until 2020. Currently, Ayya Kosalla serves as abbess and spiritual director.

Both men and women are welcomed as guests at the monastery for events and day visits, and women may come for overnight stays to study and practice with the resident community.

If you would like to stay up-to-date with Mahapajapati, please subscribe to our 'Friends of Mahapajapati' mailing list. You may also wish to recieve a weekly Dhamma Letter from Ayya Kosalla. If so, please visit dhammaletter.com.

One day retreat: 1st Saturdays & Sundays 9:30am-4pm led by Ayya Kosalla.

🔔It is Dhamma Dana. (For free in Buddhist tradition : Donation base)

*** Registration is required in advance : email to info@mahapajapati.org

***Covid-19 Protocol :

  • Everyone must take a rapid antigen test before arriving.
  • Wearing a mask inside of building and during sitting meditation in Dhamma hall.
Group A : Beginner (1st Saturdays)

9:30-10:30am  Guided sitting meditation

10:30- 10:45am  Q&A with Dhamma talk

11-11:40am  Lunch or Snack time

12-1pm  Guided Walking meditation

1-2pm  Sitting meditation

2-2:40pm  Walking meditation

2:40-3:20pm  Sitting meditation

3:20-4pm  Dhamma talk and  Q&A

Group B : Advanced (1st Sundays)

9:30-11am Sitting meditation

11-12pm Lunch or Snack time

12-1pm Walking meditation

1-2pm Sitting meditation

2-3pm Walking meditation

3-4pm Dhamma talk and  Q&A (personal interview)

Online Zoom Dhamma interview with Bhikkhuni Kosalla

If you have any questions, please email us at info@mahapajapati.org

To keep in touch with the goings on at Mahapajapati, remember to check out our Facebook page!

To subscribe to the Mahapajapati weekly Dhamma Letter, please go to www.dhammaletter.com

May all beings be well and happy!

With Metta,

Mahāpajāpatī Bhikkhunī Sangha

If you would like make a meal offering, lunch dana to the Mahapajapati Bhikkhuni Sangha, in person or in the form of a payment, please contact us to schedule.