April 6 — First 2019 Garden Party at Hermitage

Join in the fun with new and long-time friends! Help with winter clean up and other projects at the Hermitage.

Garden Party: Come for Any Part or All Activities!

11 AM POTLUCK (arrive by 10:30 AM)
Please tell the meal dana coordinator if you’re coming.

1 – 3 PM WORK PARTY
Yardwork, burn piles, projects … along with some friendly chats on the side!

3 – 4 PM TEA & CHAT
Relax and talk with friends and Ajahn Kassapo.

We look forward to seeing you!

Reminder: New Weekly One-Hour Sit Begins April 2

For Experienced Meditators: On Tuesdays, there will now be a one-hour silent sit 5:15 – 6:15 PM just prior to the regular 6:30 PM sit and Dhamma talk. See previous post for details. Please — No arriving late or leaving early.

2019 March & April News

Photo of monks walking alms through the snow in White Salmon
A snowy alms along Jewett Creek en route to White Salmon. February 2019.

*New Tuesday Night Meditation Option * Regular Monthly Events Return (including April 6 Garden Party) * A Look Ahead at 2019 * Monastic Comings and Goings

New: One Hour of Silent Meditation Offered Before Regular Tuesday Night Program

Starting April 2, the monks will offer a weekly one-hour silent meditation period for experienced meditators. It will be held 5:15 – 6:15 PM, just prior to the regular Tuesday night community meditation and Dhamma talk at Yoga Samadhi, White Salmon, WA.

This earlier, hour-long sit will be completely silent (no instruction). Participants are expected to be seated and ready to meditate by 5:15 PM and to stay until 6:15 PM. If you arrive late or have to leave early, please come another time.

The regular Tuesday night community meditation, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM, remains open to all levels of meditation experience. During this time period the monks give brief instructions before meditation, offer reflections on the Buddha’s teachings and usually have time to answer questions.

5:15 – 6:15 PM Silent Meditation for experienced meditators
6:30 – 8:00 PM Regular Meditation and Dhamma Talk for all levels

Offered free, at Yoga Samadhi, White Salmon, WA. Cushions and chairs available.

April Events

Starting in April, monthly Garden Parties (community work parties) and PFoD visits return. The former monthly half-days of meditation will not be returning.

Garden Party @ Hermitage
April 6
11:00 am:  Potluck (optional) — Arrive by 10:30 am if you’re bringing food
1:00-3:00 pm:  Yard work and projects
3:00 pm: Tea and refreshments

Monks @ Portland Friends of the Dhamma (PFoD)
April 19, 20 & 21
Fri. 5:30 pm:  Tea/Questions
Fri. 7:00-9:00 pm:  Meditation/Dhamma talk
Sat. 10:30 am:  Almsround
Sat. 11:00 am:  Meal Offering
Sun. 10:00-11:30 am: Sunday Sila

Note: Upasika Renewal is also on Sunday, April 21 at PFoD, 12:30-4:30 pm, after Sunday Sila. See PFoD for more information.

2019 Special Events

  • Pacific Hermitage Retreat at Birken: May 1 – 16
  • Willa Thaniya Reid & Elizabeth Day
    • Daylong in Underwood, WA: Jul. 21
    • Meditation at Yoga Samadhi, White Salmon, WA: Jul. 23
  • Pacific Hermitage Pah Bah (White Salmon): Sep. 21 – 22 (Luang Por Pasanno, Ajahn Jayanto, Ajahn Caganando, Ajahn Karunadhammo and other Abhayagiri monks)

Monastic Comings and Goings

Ajahn Sudanto will be away Mar. 20 – Apr. 11 and May 1 – 16 for the Birken Retreat. Ajahn Kassapo and Venerable Kovilo will be returning to Abyahagiri in late March and late April. Replacing them from Abhayagiri will be Venerable Khantiko and Venerable Gunaviro. Ajahn Jotipalo will arrive late April to visit for several weeks.