September 2016 Events

Luang Por Pasanno and Luang Por Viradhammo
2016 Pah Bah Samakkee Honored Guests:  Luang Por Pasanno & Luang Por Viradhammo

A Garden Party (Sept. 3) will help get the Hermitage ready for it’s honored guests for the Pah Bah Samakkee (Sept. 17 & 18 — see article below)!


Garden Party — September 3
at the Hermitage:

  • 11:00 am — Potluck arrive by 10:30 am, if bringing food)
  • 1:00 pm — Help with yard work
  • 3:00 pm — Tea with monks

Half-day Meditation — September 10
at Yoga Samadhi (with Hermitage monks)

  • 1:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Free, no experience needed, chairs, bolsters & blankets available


Portland Friends of the Dhamma — September 16
at PFoD

  • 5:30 pm — Tea and Q & A
  • 7:00 pm — Meditation & Dhamma Talk

Pah Bah Samakkee Weekend — September 17 & 18
at 1085 N Main Avenue, Mountain View Grange (map below), White Salmon, WA (more information below or at

  • September 17 — Half-day Retreat, 1 – 5 pm (meditation and talks)
  • September 18
    • Meal Offering (potluck) at 11 am.  Please arrive by 10:30 am. Lower floor (enter from Estes Avenue).
    • Pah Bah Samakkee Ceremony, 1 – 3 pm. Formal offerings, chanting and dhamma reflections. Upper floor (enter from N. Main Avenue

NOTE: Additional parking available in ICE parking lot, about one block north of the grange, 1265 N. Main Ave. (look for tall, black ICE sign on east side of Main–map below). Please, no smoking in the ICE driveway or parking lot.

Tuesday Night Meditation — September 20, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
at Yoga Samadhi (Luang Por Viradhammo only)


A Pah Bah is a ceremony for offering material goods and financial support to monastics. This year, it’s called a Pah Bah Samakkee.  Samakkee is a Thai word for “unity” and it signifies that several people have joined together to invite the monks to receive this outpouring of generosity.

On Sept. 17, there will be a half-day retreat.  On Sept. 18, there will be a potluck meal, then the offering ceremony.

All events are free.  No meditation experience is needed, you do not need to be Buddhist to attend and English will be the most commonly spoken language.  Chairs will be available, but please bring your own cushions if you will be sitting on the floor.  Donations are welcome, but not necessary.  Most talks will be given in both English and Thai.

If you would like to help with setting up (or taking down, please arrive at the Grange by 8 am and ask for Dan McCook.

Questions?  Please visit or email

MAP TO MOUNTAIN VIEW GRANGE & ADDITIONAL PARKING AT “ICE” (Please, NO SMOKING on ICE property)  Click on the map for a clearer view.

Grange Map