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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 
Hermitage

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.

July 2017 News & Events

Luang Por Sumedho
July 7th, 6 – 8 PM
Portland Friends of the Dhamma (PFoD) 

A special opportunity to hear Dhamma reflections directly from the senior western monk and beloved teacher for this tradition.

This will be his only public talk in the Portland area.  (He will not be visiting the Hermitage.)

Regular July Events — Please Join Us!

Weekly Meditation w/the Monks
Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:00 pm at Yoga Samadhi, White Salmon

Meditate for 30 – 40 minutes, then listen to Dhamma reflections and ask questions. Cushions and chairs are available.  All are welcome.  No cost and no experience needed.

Garden Party, July 1, at the Hermitage

Help tidy up the Hermitage grounds!

   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 pm — Tea party and chat

Come for any part or all of the afternoon.

Half Day of Meditation, July 8
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 and Saturday, July 21 & 22
  • July 21, 5:30 – 9:00 pm — Tea, questions, meditation & Dhamma talk
  • July 22, 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.

A Look Ahead at Special Events

Willa Thaniya and Jitindriya
– August 29 — Tuesday Night Meditation
– August 30 & September 2 — Meditation Daylongs

Two former Thai Forest tradition nuns will lead a Tuesday night meditation, then one meditation daylong in late August (Underwood, WA) and one in early September (Portland, OR).  More information about the daylongs and teachers in previous post on this website.  Further details coming mid-July.  No registration needed.  Questions?  Contact Carole.

Pah Bah 2017
September 16 & 17

Join honored guests  Luang Por Pasanno, Ajahn Siripanyo and other visiting monastics, along with Ajahn Sudanto, Ajahn Karunadhammo and Tan Kondañño for this annual event.  Look for an announcement in your mailbox in mid-July.  Plus, we’ll be putting out more Pah Bah details here and by email, in early

August.  Email for information or to volunteer.

Comings and Goings

  • Ajahn Siripanyo is visiting the Hermitage until July 5.  He will visit again during the Pah Bah.  Welcome to White Salmon, Ajahn.
  • Ajahn Karunadhammo returns to the Hermitage July 5 and plans to stay through the summer.  It’s always wonderful to have Ajahn in residence.

Meal Dana Update: June 2017

It’s been seven years since the Pacific Hermitage monks began walking daily alms rounds to receive food offerings (meal dana) for their daily meal.  Thank you for supporting the monks for all these years.

There are many ways to support the Hermitage, but offering food is in a category of its own. This kind of support is needed every day.  It’s an especially heart-opening and personal way to support the monks, and a wonderful opportunity to get to know them, ask Dhamma questions or seek their counsel in a more personal and less formal setting.

Contact the meal dana coordinator (me!) for more information.  My email address is below.

It takes at least one person … every day

Meals aren’t just somehow “all taken care of.”  It takes at least one person like you and me to make the effort every day to hand food to the monks.  Over the last year and a half, about two-thirds of the monks’ meals came from people giving food to them as they walked alms rounds.   The other one-third came from meals brought to the Hermitage.  The monks rely primarily on alms food for their weekday meals and meal offerings at the Hermitage on weekends.

Meal Dana 2017:  The first five months

Looking back at the calendar and other records, here are some answers to the question “Who is making sure the monks are being fed each day?”  These figures are for the first five months of 2017.

Food received on alms rounds

Twelve White Salmon (or nearby) residents have so far provided enough alms food for 100 meals.   In fact, the same 12 families have been providing alms food offerings, Monday – Friday, for nearly seven years.  The monks rely on this food for their weekday meals.  (Weekend alms food supplements the meals brought to the Hermitage.)  Of those 12 families:

  • 4 offer 3 times a week (over 60 days so far)
  • 1 offers twice a week (over 45 days so far)
  • 7 offer once a week (over 20 days so far)

Some of these folks drive to meet the monks.  Others arrange for the monks stop by their home or office, and one regularly brings their offering to the Hermitage.   At times, they order food at one of the local restaurants and arrange for the monks to pick it up.  There are several options.  Please contact me if you’d like to explore some.

Meals offered at the Hermitage

On Saturdays and Sundays, the monks rely on meal offerings brought to the Hermitage. Thirty-eight people have brought 51 meals to the Hermitage so far.  Rescue Squad  volunteers brought five of those meals on short notice, because no one scheduled ahead to bring one.  Of the 38 who offered meals:

  • 22 offered once
  • 15 offered two to seven times
  • 1 offered eight times

These folks came from the Portland/Vancouver area (59%), the Gorge (27%), and other areas of the Pacific NW (15%)

What’s needed now?

More people participating in alms round offerings

As you saw above, some people regularly offer alms food one, two or three times each week.  Twelve people … 2/3 of the monks’ meals … for much of the last seven years.  While that’s pretty amazing and currently provides sufficient food, heaven help us if someone moves or needs to cut back.  It would be very helpful to have more people offering alms, to more widely distribute what’s needed from each family and to help cover an absence if someone goes on vacation or needs to cut back.  Please contact me if you’re interested and we can explore options that might work for you.  Here are the current alms routes.

More people proactively scheduling meal offerings

Some Saturdays and Sundays still remain blank on the Hermitage calendar, even two days before a meal is still needed.  Please proactively check the Calendar to look for days with no meal offerings and also to make sure the monks won’t be away from the Hermitage.  If you find a day that works for you, please contact me. If you don’t let me know you’re coming, I will probably make “emergency” arrangements to get a meal to the monks.

A big thanks!

Those who offer food experience the joy of generosity first hand, but let me thank you too. Meal dana is truly a special way of supporting the monks, one that offers the fairly rare opportunity to interact with monastics on a more personal basis.  If that sounds appealing, even if it sounds a little intimidating, please email me and we can “talk.”  No obligation and rest assured that I also experienced the jitters.  Let’s discuss options and see if any work for you.

Thank you,
Debie
Email:  Meal Dana Coordinator

 

June 2017 News & Events

Ajahn Sudanto has returned and all regular events should occur as planned.  Below you’ll find information on those events and a look ahead at upcoming special visits and events, including a visit by Luang Por Sumedho.  All events are freely offered.

Regular Events — Please Join Us!

Meditation with the Monks, Tuesday Nights
6:30 – 8:00 pm at Yoga Samadhi, White Salmon

Meditate for 30 – 40 minutes, then listen to Dhamma reflections and ask questions. Cushions and chairs are available.  All are welcome.  No experience needed.

Garden Party, June 3, at the Hermitage
  • 11:00 am — Meal Offering.  Arrive by 10:30 am with your contribution.*
  • 1:00 pm — Yard work (you might even find a friendly lizard!)
  • 3:00 – 4:00 pm — Tea party and chat

* Tell meal dana coordinator if you are coming.  Come for any part or all of the party.

Half Day of Meditation, June 10
1:00 – 5:00 pm 
at Yoga Samadhi, White Salmon

Enjoy sitting and walking meditation with the monks, and Dhamma reflections by Ajahn Sudanto.  Cushions and chairs available.

Monks at Portland Friends of the Dhamma
Saturday and Sunday, June 16 & 17
  • June 16, 5:30 – 9:00 pm — Tea, questions, meditation & Dhamma talk
  • June 17, 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.

Special Visitors and Events This Summer!

Luang Por Sumedho
July 7, 6:00 – 8:00 PM at PFoD

Luang Por Sumedho is the senior western monastic for this tradition and a beloved teacher.  This is a special opportunity to hear Dhamma reflections directly from Luang Por.

This will be Luang Por Sumedho’s only public talk in the Pacific Northwest. 

 

Willa Thaniya & Jitindriya, Meditation Daylongs
August 30 & September 2 in Underwood, WA & Portland, OR

Two former Ajahns lead two meditation daylongs.  See previous post or contact Carole for more details (or to register).

Pah Bah Weekend, White Salmon
September 16 & 17
Reserve lodging now!
  • Sat., Sept. 16 — Half-Day Retreat
    1:00 – 5:00 pm, sitting and walking meditation, Dhamma talks
  • Sun. Sept. 17 — Pah Bah Ceremony
    11:00 am — Meal offering (potluck)
    1:00 pm — Ceremony and Dhamma talk

 A Pah Bah is a traditional Thai ceremony for offering robe cloth to monastics.

In the Buddha’s time, people left scraps of cloth in the forest for the monks to find and use to piece together their robes.

These days, lay supporters — known as sponsors” — invite the monks to receive robe cloth and other offerings at a Pah Bah ceremony.  When someone (or a group) sponsors a Pah Bah for the Hermitage, the Board of Stewards (Sanghata) takes an active role in helping to organize and coordinate the event.

Would you like to help?  If you’d like to help set up, move chairs & tables, greet people, clean up, or lend a hand in the kitchen, or if you’d just like more information about the Pah Bah, please contact pahbah@sanghata.net.

All are welcome to come to part or all of the Pah Bah weekend activities!

Comings and Goings

  • Tan Khantiko will leave June 3 for Thailand.
  • Ajahn Siripanyo will visit June 26-July 5.
  • Ajahn Karunadhammo will arrive July 5 to stay for the summer.
  • Tan Kondañño will stay on at the Hermitage for a while.