The August forecast is for lots of sun and all the regular monthly Hermitage events, starting off with a Garden Party on August 6th:
August 6 — Garden Party
August 13 — Half-Day Retreat
August 19 — PFoD Tea/Dhamma Talk
August 20 — PFoD Alms/Meal
First, a quick July reminder — Registration for the Abhayagiri Thanksgiving Retreat ends July 31. Check the Abhayagiri website for more information.
August: Garden Party, Half-Day Retreat and PFoD Events
August 6 — Garden Party: Help Keep the Hermitage Green! Well, except for weeds. You can remove that kind of green, as well as help with cleaning up the forest and doing various other types of yard and maintenance work. After a couple of hours, we stop for tea and a chat. The day starts with a meal offering (arrive by 10:30 am). The work officially begins at 1:00 pm, and tea at 3:00 pm. Come for any or all of the activities.
August 13 — Half-Day Retreat at Yoga Samadhi in White Salmon. Sit, walk, listen. No, it’s not dog training. It’s training the mind! Join the monks and others from 1 – 5 pm for a break from your usual activities and mind noise.
August 19 & 20 — Portland Friends of the Dhamma (PFoD) hosts the monks for tea, talk and meditation on Friday night, then a meal on Saturday. Tea begins at 5:30 pm Friday evening, and the Dhamma talk at 7:00 pm. At 10:30 am on Saturday, the monks walk on alms round, then have their meal at 11:00 am. Please check PFoD’s website for more information.
September: Pah Bah Samakkee
Join Luang Por Pasanno, Luang Por Viradhammo, and monks from the Pacific Hermitage and Abhayagiri Monastery, for the annual alms-giving ceremony to benefit the Pacific Hermitage. The events will be held September 17 & 18 in White Salmon.
“Samakkee” is probably a new word for many of you. It’s a Thai word meaning unity or harmony. In this instance, it signifies that several people have come together to sponsor the Pah Bah.
Ajahns Sudanto and Karunadhammo return June 28, (Ajahn Karunadhammo will be at Yoga Samadhi that night). A more regular schedule returns in July!
Garden Party / Work Day July 2
Half-Day Retreat July 9
PFoD Tea / Dhamma Talk July 15
PFoD Alms Round / Meal July 16
Vassa Begins July 20
NOTE: Registration for the annual Abhayagiri Thanksgiving Retreat begins July 1. See our previous post or visit the Abhayagiri website after July 1 for more information.
Garden Party July 2!
Please join the monks and others July 2 for a party (work party, that is) at the Hermitage. There haven’t been as many “garden parties” as usual this summer, so your help will be extra appreciated. Come for all or just part of the party at the Hermitage:
1 – 3 pm Party in the garden (help with yard work and other tasks)
3:00 pm Tea in the garden (the real party)
Half-Day Retreat July 9
All are welcome to come to a half-day retreat with the monks, July 9, from 1-5 pm at Yoga Samadhi in White Salmon. Carve out a little time for a peaceful afternoon of sitting and walking meditation, as well as some Dhamma reflections by Ajahn Sudanto and/or Ajahn Karunadhammo. It’s free and open to all.
PFoD Tea, Meditation, Dhamma Talk and Meal July 15 & 16
July 15, 5:30 pm Tea, 7-9 pm Meditation and Dhamma talk
July 16, 10:30 am Alms Round and Meal Offering
Join the monks when they visit Portland Friends of the Dhamma. Informal tea-time Friday night at 5:30 pm downstairs, followed by meditation and teachings beginning at 7:00 pm in the meditation hall upstairs. Saturday Alms Round at 10:30 am, followed by an 11:00 am Meal Offering.
Vassa Begins July 20
The “Vassa Retreat” (July 20 – October 16) was established by the Buddha as a more intensive period of practice for monastics. It corresponds with the monsoon season in South and Southeast Asia, and is also known as the Rains Retreat.
The August calendar is looking pretty “normal,” with all regular events expected to be held as planned. The monks will be away, off and on, so please check the calendar before planning any visits or meal offerings (and remember to contact our meal dana coordinator if you would like to offer a meal or alms food).
The Pah Bah Samakkee will be held September 17 & 18. (In Thailand, Samakkee means unity or harmony. In this instance, it signifies that several people are sponsoring this annual alms-giving event.) If you are planning to stay overnight, it would be good to look for lodging right now! Look for more information about the Pah Bah Samakkee soon.
The annual 10-day Thanksgiving retreat with Luang Por Pasanno and several Abhayagiri monastics will be held November 18 – 27, 2016, in Santa Rosa, California. This retreat has been a tradition for a number of years and offers a unique retreat opportunity alongside monastics.
New this year — Ajahn Sudanto will attend and ride to and from the retreat with participants from the Pacific Northwest.
Registration will be open July 1 – July 31. Because it’s a popular retreat, and more people will register than can attend, participants will be chosen via a lottery at the end of the registration period. Registration is open only to those who have previously sat at least one five-day retreat.
To register or find out more information, please check the Abhayagiri websiteafter July 1.
Note: scroll down for information on Ajahn Amaro’s visit to the Hermitage, May 27 – 30.
Over 40 people attended a weekend retreat lead by Venerable Bhante Rahula, May 20-22, in White Salmon at Mountain View Grange. This is the first local multiple-day retreat that the Pacific Hermitage has helped sponsor.
Piriya and Nee Pinit invited Bhante Rahula here to lead the retreat. The Pinits have followed Bhante’s teachings for many years: “Bhante has been our teacher for more than twenty years and we knew how exceptional he is. We were glad that we could share his teaching with the community of people who have sincere interest in the Dhamma.” (Arvoranee Pinit)
Many thanks to the Pinits for bringing Bhante to the Pacific Northwest! And, thank you to the Pinits and Joan and Scott Benge for organizing the event. For more information, or books and talks by about Bhante Rahula, please check out his blog.
Ajahn Amaro is a well known senior monk in the Ajahn Chah tradition. He helped establish Abhayagiri Monastery in 1996 and is now Abbot of Amaravati Monastery in England.
We’re so fortunate to have him visit Portland and the Hermitage! Events are scheduled May 27 and 29. His visit here ends on May 31, when he will travel with Ajahns Sudanto and Caganando to Abhayagiri’s 20th anniversary celebration.*
May 29 — Yoga Samadhi in White Salmon (6:30 – 8:30 pm meditation and dhamma talk) Note: May 31 Tuesday night community meditation has been cancelled.
May 28 & 29 — Meal Offerings — If you’d like to help offer a meal for the monks on the Saturday or Sunday of Ajahn Amaro’s visit, please schedule your meal with the meal dana coordinator. Mealtime is the typical time to visit with the monastics.
Regularly, in May of each year and at various other times, the Hermitage monks offer opportunities for the lay community to experience several-day retreats. In November, Ajahn Sudanto will lead a group down to Abhayagiri (in California) for a Thanksgiving Retreat. Just so there’s no confusion, there are a couple of events at Abhayagiri this year:
November 18-27 — Abhayagiri Thanksgiving Retreat (see Abhayagiri website for more information)
Registration for the Thanksgiving retreat will open in July 2016 and pre-registration for the May 2017 Birken Retreat will open October 2016. For updates, please check this website or sign up for our email list (see very bottom of this home page).
May 27 — Ajahn Amaro at PFoD, 5:30 – 9:00 pm (no Saturday events)
May 14 — (1:00-5:00 pm, Yoga Samadhi)
May 2-June 8 — Ajahn Caganando
May 13-24 — Bhante Rahula (see teaching, retreat and visit schedule below)
May 26-31 — Ajahn Amaro (see teaching and visit schedule below)
Special Retreats and Events:
May 4-13 — Birken Retreat with Hermitage group (monks away from Hermitage)
May 20-22 — Bhante Rahula Retreat (White Salmon, Washington)
May 31-June 5 — Abhayagiri 20th Anniversary (monks away from Hermitage)
Information on Special Visitors and Teaching Schedules
Ajahn Caganando — May 2 – June 8
Our dear friend, Ajahn Caganando, is returning for a visit!
Ajahn was one of the original three monks who helped establish the Pacific Hermitage in 2010, and he lived here for five years. Ajahn Caga now resides at Temple Forest Monastery in New Hampshire, helping that monastery get established. Welcome back, Ajahn Caganando!
Bhante Rahula — May 13 – 24
Bhante Rahula, is a senior Theravada monk who conducts retreats around the world. He often incorporates yoga into his teachings to help enhance mindfulness training.
His detailed teaching schedule while in Portland and White Salmon follows below Ajahn Amaro’s photo and information.
Ajahn Amaro — May 26 – 31
Ajahn Amaro is a senior monk in the Ajahn Chah tradition. He helped establish Abhayagiri Monastery in 1996 and is now Abbot of Amaravati Monastery in England. We’re fortunate to have him visiting the Hermitage, May 26-31. He’ll then travel with Ajahns Sudanto and Caganando to Abhayagiri’s 20th Anniversary Celebration. (See the post “Celebrate Abhayagiri’s 20th Anniversary!” if you’re interested in traveling down to Abhayagiri with a Pacific Hermitage group.) Ajahn’s detailed teaching schedule follows.
Detailed Schedules for Bhante Rahula and Ajahn Amaro
Bhante Rahula and Ajahn Amaro will be visiting Portland and leading several events in White Salmon. For more detailed information, click here: Continue reading Wow, What a May!→
There’s a second Garden Party (community work day) this month. It will replace the one scheduled for May 7.
The Oregon Grape and many other plants (and weeds) are springing to life at the Hermitage! Since the monks will be away the next couple of “first Saturdays,” and the yard can’t really wait two months, there will be an additional April Garden Party, Saturday, April 30th.
Please join us for the meal, work party and/or the tea time. It’s a fun way to get to know the monks and other good people!
Here’s the schedule:
Meal — Please arrive by 10:30 am if you’re bringing food for the meal. The meal will be offered by 11:00 am.
Work Party — Beginning at 1:00 pm we’ll help with yard work and other tasks.
Tea Party — At 3:00 pm we’ll break for tea and a chat with the monks.
You are welcome to come to just part or all of the Party. If you’re bringing food for the meal offering, please let the Debie know (email@example.com). If you’d like to help coordinate a Garden Party while the monks are away, please find out more by emailing the Hermitage.