All posts by Debie

June 23: A Special Garden Party

The June 23 Garden Party is double-special.  It’s the second Garden Party in June and it’s also a celebration.  Save the date!

In Celebration and Service

Let’s help Temira celebrate earning her Master’s of Counseling degree by joining her at the Pacific Hermitage for a potluck and/or by lending a hand with yard work.

As a regular member of the Hermitage community, Temira wanted to celebrate this big milestone at the Pacific Hermitage.  The result is this special garden party celebration with community and other friends, all in service to the Hermitage and the monks.

It’s great timing — it’ll add a bit more spiffing up at the Hermitage before Ajahn Sucitto’s and Bhante Rahula’s visits in early July.

Temira’s Invitation

You are invited to a quiet, contemplative, service-oriented celebration complete with a potluck that’s as delicious as we can possibly make it!  Please join me for a potluck meal with my monastic friends and meditation community.  After the meal, you’re invited to stick around for an hour or two of volunteering (aka ‘yard work’) and socializing (aka ‘socializing’). The meal is served promptly at 11am, so please arrive no later than 10:40, earlier if you need to heat or prepare food. 

The Pacific Hermitage is located just outside of White Salmon, Washington.  Check out the Contact page for the address and a map.

2018 Birken Retreat Talks Available Now!

2018 Pacific Hermitage Retreat at Birken Forest Monastery
Talks available now on YouTube
Equanimity – The Philosopher’s Virtue
Here’s your chance to join the annual private retreat with Ajahn Sona and Pacific Hermitage monastics and meditators in nearly real-time.  Birken will be uploading a new Dhamma talk every day from the previous evening session. The talks are available at Ajahn Sona’s YouTube Channel.  Click  this link to go directly to the playlist.
 (From Piyadassi, Birken Office Steward)

May 2018 News and Events

Luang Por Pasanno Visit:  May 18-22

We’re happy to let you know that Luang Por Pasanno will be visiting Portland and White Salmon in May.  Luang Por is the Abbot of Abhayagiri Monastery, the parent monastery of the Pacific Hermitage.

He’ll be staying in Portland, teaching at Portland Friends of the Dhamma May 18-20, and leading the Tuesday night sit in White Salmon on May 22.

Check the PFoD website and Pacific Hermitage calendar for more details.

Regular Events and Updates

The Hermitage schedule during May will be a bit different.  The monks will be away at the Birken Retreat, May 2-16, so the 1st Saturday Garden Party and 2nd Saturday Half-Day Meditation have been cancelled and community members will host two of the Tuesday night sits.  Luang Por Pasanno will be leading PFoD activities on the 3rd weekend of the month as well as the May 22 Tuesday night sit.

  • MAY 2-16 — Birken Retreat (monks will be away)
  • MAY 5 — Garden Party — CANCELLED
  • MAY 12 — Half-Day of Meditation — CANCELLED
  • MAY 18, 19 (&20) Luang Por Pasanno at Portland Friends of the Dhamma (PFoDFriday evening, for a Saturday daylong and for Sila Sunday activities.  More information at the PFoD website.
  • TUESDAY NIGHT SITS — Community Meditation, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, at Yoga Samadhi, White Salmon, WA.  Cushions & chairs available.
    • May 8 & 15:  A lay community member will host while the monks are away.
    • May 22:  Luang Por Pasanno will lead meditation and Dhamma reflections.

Birken Retreat (May 2-16)

In May, the monks will join about 20 members of the Hermitage community at Birken Forest Monastery, near Kamloops, BC, for a meditation retreat.   Springtime Birken Retreats have become a tradition for the community and give an ever-growing number of practitioners the opportunity to experience deeper, longer-term practice.  Note:  The retreat is full, so registration is closed.

Update on Restaurant Dana (Donations)

We’ve updated one aspect of our December 12, 2017 post “Several Ways to Support the Monks With Food,” specifically about adding to a gift card or tab at a local restaurant.  If you’d like to offer in that way, we’d prefer that you do so by contacting the restaurant directly (not through Sanghata).  Please contact the meal dana coordinator for details or assistance.  Thank you for your generosity!

Bhante Rahula Retreat: Registration Still Open

There’s still room for more participants in the Bhante Rahula Retreat.  The four-day retreat runs July 4 – 8, 2018.

Please see our previous post for more details and registration information.  If you have questions, please contact Mimi Maduro.

Over 40 people attended his two-day 2016 retreat in White Salmon.

Piriya and Nee Pinit have followed Bhante’s teachings for many years.  After the 2016 retreat they shared:   “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)