Abhayagiri Community Safe, Kathina Relocated

**Oct. 15 Kathina Moved to Fremont California (see below)**

All Evacuated Safely From Wildfire

Abhayagiri monastics, stewards and guests were all evacuated from the Redwood Complex Fire in the early hours of October 9th.  They are all safe and now settled in at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas (CTTB), near Ukiah, California.  The community is very grateful for your care and concern, but in this busy time they ask that everyone please:

  • Refrain from sending emails, text messages or phoning the monks or Debbie.
  • Turn to the Abhayagiri website for important updates and information, and even some photos.
  • Also, refrain from visiting the areas around CTTB or Abhayagiri, to keep the roads and lodging free for emergency workers, utilites, and the many evacuees.

October 15 Kathina Relocated to Wat Buddhanusorn

Abhayagiri’s Kathina will be held on Sunday, October 15 at Wat Buddhanusorn:  36054 Niles Blvd. Fremont, CA 94536.  The schedule will be the same: 11 a.m. Meal Offering — People are welcome to bring a dish to share.  1 p.m. Kathina Ceremony — Refuges, Precepts and Dhamma Talk.  Check Abhayagiri website for any further information.

Announcing Two 2018 Retreat Opportunities

  • MAY 2-16:  Ajahn Sona at Birken Forest Monastery (details below).
  • JULY 4 – 8:  Bhante Rahula at Atlan Center near White Salmon.  Save the dates!  A little more information below, but details and contact information coming later. 

Birken Monastery, May 2 – 16:
Equanimity — The philosopher’s virtue

Ajahn Sona will lead an in-depth exploration of equanimity as an attitude and a form of serenity.

It’s Time to Register

If you’re interested in the 2018 retreat at Birken, it’s time to get your information in to retreat coordinator, Bob Miller.   First, please read the information below, then email Bob with your information or questions.  Registration will be open until early November.  The list of the retreatants and those on the waiting list will be finalized before Ajahn Sudanto enters Winter Retreat (December 1).

Before registering, please read the sections of the Birken website about visiting Birken, specifically the sections about eight precepts, and the meals.  There may be those with dietary/health restrictions that cannot be met.  Birken Forest Monastery is in British Columbia, Canada.

May 2 – 16:  Two Weeks or One Week Options

Same as last year, there will be opportunities for a few to go for the full two weeks, and for others to go either May 2 – 9 or May 9 – 16.

Cars will be heading to Birken from both White Salmon and Portland.  Specific transportation plans will be made later.  Please consider offering to be a driver.

Information Needed for Registration

Interested meditators should email Bob (Note:  This is a different email address than last year) with the following information:

1. Personal Information
  • First and last name
  • Street address
  • Email address
  • Phone number, preferably cell

2. One Week or Two?
Let us know if you’d like to go for one week or two.  If one week, which one?

  • Week One:  May 2 – 9
  • Week Two:  May 9 – 16
  • Both Weeks:  May 2 – 16
Please try and be somewhat flexible.  It makes scheduling a lot easier.  For example, if you’d prefer Week One but could manage Week Two.  Or, if you prefer two weeks but would be able to go for one.

3. Your Retreat Background
  • What extended (seven days or more) retreats have you attended before?
4. Transportation
Cars will be driving from both the White Salmon and the Portland areas.
  • Are you able to drive to Birken?  If so, how many total passengers (including the driver and luggage) will fit in your vehicle?
  • Will you need a ride from the Portland or White Salmon area to Birken?

A Little Hesitant?

If you’ve not been on an extended retreat before, you may be a bit hesitant.   (Secret:  Most people are the first time!)  To put your mind at ease, we suggest asking other community members about their experiences.  Contact Bob to find out who you might talk with.  Here are some folks who went last year.

Some folks who attended the 2017 Birken Retreat.


Bhante Rahula, July 4 – 8:
Integrating body and mind

Registration will open in mid-to-late February.  Save the dates and look for an announcement with details closer to that time.

Bhante will focus on mindfulness and vipassana, with yoga and breathing.  There will be opportunities for a residential retreat option, with overnight accommodations available at Atlan Center, near White Salmon, as well as a non-residential retreat option for those who live nearby.

For more information about Bhante Rahula or to download his books:  bhanterahula.blogspot.com

October 2017 News and Events

Ajahn Geoff will be at the regular Tuesday night meditation in White Salmon on October 31 (see below), and the Birken May 2018 Retreat dates have been set.  We’ll have a post out soon about the Birken retreat.

Regular and Special Events

Regular Tuesday night meditation with the monks continues, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, at Yoga Samadhi, White Salmon, WA.

OCTOBER 7 — Garden Party at Hermitage, 10:30 am – 4:00 pm.  Enjoy a potluck meal with friends (10:30 am), help in the yard (1-3 pm), join in the tea party and chat (until 4 pm).  Help prepare the Hermitage for Winter.  This is the final garden party for 2017.   Come for any part or all of the activities.

OCTOBER 14 — Half-Day of Meditation with the monks in White Salmon, 1- 5 pm, at Yoga Samadhi.   Cushions & chairs available.

OCTOBER 20 & 21 — Portland Friends of the Dhamma  (PFoD).  Pacific Hermitage monks visit Friday evening and Saturday morning.  For more information, visit PFoD website.

Special:  OCTOBER 21 — Walk to Feed the Hungry in Portland.  Organized by Buddhist Global Relief.  Begins from PFoD after the regular meal offering to the monks.    Schedule:  12:00 – 12:45  Registration; 12:45 – 1:00  Reflections by Ajahn Sudanto & Sakula; 1:00 – 2:30  Walk; 2:30 – 3:00  Refreshments/Closing.  Click here for more information.

Special:  OCTOBER 22 — Hillsboro Vipassana Hall.  Pacific Hermitage monks visit 9:15 am to 1:00 pm.  Meditation, meal offering, Dhamma discussion.  Contact Chevy here for more information.

Special:  October 31 — Ajahn Geoff (Thanissaro) at Yoga Samadhi, 6:30 – 8:00 pm.  Ajahn Geoff will be a special guest at Tuesday night meditation.

(He will be at PFoD October 27 – 29.  Check their website for information.)

Comings & Goings

Photo: Ajahn Karunadhammo [photo: jfoto.com]OCTOBER 6 — Ajahn Karunadhammo leaves October 6 to return to Abhayagiri, after spending three months at the Hermitage.  Ajahn, thank you for your kind presence and for sharing your wisdom and teachings with our community once again this summer.  We look forward to your next visit, although you hardly qualify as a “visitor” any more!

OCTOBER 6 – 12 or 13 — Ajahn Sudanto will attend the Kathina for Temple Forest Monastery in New Hampshire.

OCTOBER 15-17 — Ajahn Sudanto will be at Bend Insight Group, Bend, OR.

A Look Ahead

  • Last 2017 Half-Day Retreat November 11
  • Last 2017 PFoD visit November 17 & 18
  • Ajahn Sek visits November 4 – December 5
  • Tan Kondañño departs November 18
  • Ajahn Jotipalo and Tan Sudhiro arrive November 28 for Winter Retreat
  • Winter Retreat begins December 1 and runs through February 28
  • Ajahn Sudanto will be in Thailand December 20 – January 28

I-84 Closure & Travel Conditions to Pah Bah

Dear Friends,

As many of you know, a wildfire that started near Cascade Locks, Oregon has resulted in the closure of I-84 through this weekend.

The best alternate route to White Salmon is WA Hwy 14 (also known as SR 14), which runs along the Washington side of the Columbia River, from Vancouver to White Salmon.

I returned to White Salmon Tuesday afternoon and the trip from Portland took just 1.5 hours, although at peak times there may be some delays. This route has been closed to truck traffic, and a number of others have traveled this route in the past several days, noting minimal impact.  If you are coming from elsewhere or have further concerns, please check current traffic conditions and allow some extra time.

Air quality is variable, but has generally been improving in the last couple of days and looks to continue going in that direction. This morning’s air quality is rated as “good to moderate” by the EPA, but people especially sensitive to this issue should check conditions in White Salmon before coming.

We look forward to seeing you this weekend.
Ajahn Sudanto

September 2017 News and Events

Special Announcements

  • Two-day Garden Party, Sep. 2 & 3, to prepare for Pah Bah visitors and winter!
  • Willa Thaniya & Jitindriya Daylongs, Aug. 30 & Sep. 2
  • See previous post for details on Pah Bah weekend, Sep. 16 & 17.

Regular Events

SEPTEMBER 2 & 3 — Garden Party at Hermitage, 10:30 am – 4:00 pm.  Enjoy a potluck meal with friends (10:30 am), help in the yard (1-3 pm), tea party and chat (until 4 pm).   This two-day party will help prepare the Hermitage to receive monks visiting for the Pah Bah, and help split and stack wood for winter.  Come for any part or all of the activities.

SEPTEMBER 9 — Half-Day of Meditation with the monks in White Salmon, 1- 5 pm, at Yoga Samadhi.   Cushions & chairs available.

SEPTEMBER 15 — Portland Friends of the Dhamma  (PFoD)  Pacific Hermitage monks visit Friday evening.  (Saturday morning is cancelled.)

SEPTEMBER 16PAH BAH Half-Day Retreat, (1 – 5 pm), Mtn. View Grange, White Salmon

SEPTEMBER 17PAH BAH Meal Offering (10:30 am) and Ceremony (1:00 pm), Mtn. View Grange, White Salmon

TUESDAY NIGHTS — Meditation/Talk with monks in White Salmon, 6:30 – 8:00 pm at Yoga Samadhi.  All welcome.  Cushions & chairs available.  NOTE:  Willa Thaniya and Jitindriya will be there August 29.

Other Events

  • AUGUST 30 & SEPTEMBER 2 — Willa Thaniya and Jitindriya meditation daylongs.  See website for details, or contact Carole.

A Short Film About the Hermitage!

Click the arrow to see a new short film about the Pacific Hermitage, by Noah Puggarana and Will Floor.

 Reminders and Look Ahead

  • Ajahn Sudanto away September 6 – 12 and October 6 – 12, 16 & 17.
  • Ajahn Karunadhammo leaves October 6.


Pah Bah 2017

September 16th and 17th
Luang Por Pasanno for Retreat and PAH BAH

Luang Por Pasanno

Please join our honored guests, Luang Por Pasanno, Abhayagiri Monastery, CA and Ajahn Siripanyo, Dtao Dam (Black Tortoise) Monastery, Thailand, along with Ajahn Sudanto, Ajahn Karunadhammo and other visiting and resident monks for this weekend of Dhamma, generosity, good will, great food and fun!

Dates:  Sep. 16 Half-day Retreat & Sep. 17 PAH BAH
Location:  Mtn. View Grange, 1085 N Main Avenue,
White Salmon, WA.
Information:  Schedule and map below
Email:  pahbah@sanghata.net

Pah Bahs are initiated by members of the lay community to offer support to a monastery.   Sanghata, the board of stewards for the Hermitage, helps organize the event.  Everyone is welcome.   It’s free.   Donations are welcome, but not required.  Come for any or all of the activities. Continue reading Pah Bah 2017

August 2017 News & Events

Regular Events

Garden Party, August 5
10:30 am – 4:00 PM at the 

Help tidy up the Hermitage grounds with friends!  Come for any or all of the following:

10:30 am — Potluck Meal  Meal offered to monks by 11:00 am.  Please let meal dana coordinator  know if you’re bringing food.
1:00 pm — Yard work
3:00 – 4:00 pmTea party and chat

Half Day of Meditation, August 12
1:00 – 5:00 pm 
at Yoga Samadhi, White Salmon

Enjoy sitting and walking meditation with the monks, and Dhamma reflections by Ajahn Sudanto or Ajahn Karunadhammo.  Cushions and chairs available.  No cost.  All welcome.

Monks at Portland Friends of the Dhamma
Friday & Saturday, August 18 & 19
  • August 18, 5:30 – 9:00 pm — Tea, questions, meditation & Dhamma talk
  • August 19, 10:30 am – 1:00 pm — Alms round on Hawthorne Street (10:30 – 11:00 am), then a meal offering at PFoD beginning at 11:00 am.

Continue reading August 2017 News & Events

Additional Information for Meditation Daylongs

Daylongs with Willa Thaniya and Jitindriya

Integrating Calm and Inquiry, August 30, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM, Underwood WA
Peace is in Every Breath, September 2, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM, Portland, OR

  • Please bring your own sitting gear, lunch and beverage.  (Metal chairs available, but you still might want a cushion.)
  • Volunteers needed to set up and clean up both days.  Contact Carole.
  • No registration needed.
  • Willa and Jitindriya also visit Yoga Samadhi, White Salmon, Aug. 29, 6:30-8:00 PM.
  • Teachings are freely offered.  Donations for travel expenses/to support the teachers gratefully accepted.

For more information on the teachers and the daylongs, see our May 8th announcement.  Contact Carole with questions.



Tuesday Nights to Focus on Parami Book

Tuesday Nights, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Yoga Samadhi, White Salmon WA

For the next several weeks, the regular Tuesday night meditation / Dhamma reflections will focus on the book “Parami:  Ways to Cross Life’s Floods,” by Ajahn Sucitto.  Ajahn Sudanto and Ajahn Karunadhammo will lead discussion of the book after the meditation period.

If you’d like to follow along, the monks may have some books still available next Tuesday.  Electronic versions of the book are available at forestsangha.org.  You can catch up for the July 18 discussion by reading the first two chapters.