Fearless Mountain

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Fearless Mountain (2009)


Abhayagiri, which means Fearless Mountain, is a Buddhist community created for those who want to fully dedicate their lives toward the realization of enlightenment. It is the first monastery in the U.S. to be established by followers of Ajahn Chah, a respected Buddhist master of the ancient Thai Forest Tradition of Theravada Buddhism. Twelve monks, who live only on alms, live at the Fearless Mountain monastery, deep in the forest in northern California. The residents speak about what brought them to the monastery and their practice and understanding of Theravada Buddhism and the strict precepts they live by. Because basic human nature does not change, the teachings the Buddha set down more than 2,500 years ago are still relevant today. One can feel the Buddha’s strong presence here, as if he is meditating beneath the trees that cover fearless mountain.

Episode List

A documentary about the forest-dwelling Theravadan Monks at California's Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery, Fearless Mountain explores a community of monks, mostly American-born men who have turned away from the pace and pressure of modern life.
62 minutes
A talk at the Abhayagiri monastery by visiting elder, Ven. Ajahn Sumedho, on the occasion of “Buddha Day.”
71 minutes

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