Buddhist Ceremony to Support Pacific Hermitage
On September 20, supporters will hold a traditional Thai Buddhist alms-giving ceremony called a Pah Bah (pronounced paw-baw) in support of and gratitude for the Buddha’s teachings as well as the spiritual practice, example and teachings of the monastics at the Pacific Hermitage. Each year since 2010, supporters have sponsored a Pah Bah to help support the Hermitage and provide for the monks in residence at this small monastery in White Salmon, Washington.
All events will be held at Mt. View Grange, 1085 N. Main Ave., White Salmon, WA 98672.
Everyone is welcome to come to all or just some of the events. There will be a half-day meditation retreat on Saturday, the day before the Pah Bah. On Sunday, there will be a potluck meal offering, Dhamma talks, chanting, the alms-giving ceremony, tours and tea with the monks. The events are free. You are welcome to make a donation, but it is not necessary.
Saturday, September 19
Meditation Retreat (1 – 4 PM) — Walking and sitting meditation, with some Dhamma discussion (questions, answers and discussion of the Buddha’s teachings). Chairs and some cushions available, but you’re encouraged to bring your own cushion if you have one.
Sunday, September 20
Potluck Meal Offering (arrive by 10:30 AM) — Bring a dish to share with the monks and other supporters. The meal offering begins at 11:00 AM.
Ceremony, Chanting and Dhamma Talk (1:00 – 3:00 PM) — The Abbot of Abhayagiri Monastery (California), Luang Por Pasanno, and Abbot of the Pacific Hermitage, Ajahn Sudanto, will preside. Since the Hermitage is part of the Thai Forest Tradition and many of those attending will be Thai, much of the ceremony will be done in both Thai and English.
Tea with Monastics and Hermitage Tours (3:00 – 4:00 PM) — You are welcome to tour the Hermitage or have an informal tea with the monastics after the ceremony and Dhamma Talk.
Joan Benge has offered to coordinate a donations registry. See the following Google Document for more information about donating specific material goods: https://goo.gl/D0qdKx