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November 2017 News and Events

Special Guest October 31

Ajahn Geoff (Thanissaro) at Tuesday Night Meditation, Yoga Samadhi, White Salmon, 6:30 – 8:00 pm.  Ajahn Geoff will offer Dhamma reflections at Tuesday night meditation.

November Regular Events

TUESDAY NIGHTS — Meditation with the monks continues, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, at Yoga Samadhi, White Salmon, WA.

NOVEMBER 11 — Half-Day Retreat with the monks in White Salmon, 1- 5 pm, at Yoga Samadhi.   Cushions & chairs available.  Last one in 2017.

NOVEMBER 17 & 18 Portland Friends of the Dhamma Visit  Hermitage monks visit Friday evening and Saturday morning.  For more information, visit PFoD website.  Last visit in 2017.

Comings & Goings

NOVEMBER 4
Ajahn Sek
 arrives to visit the Hermitage for about one month.  Ajahn Sek is originally from Thailand, and ordained and practiced there.  Recently he has been staying at Abhayagiri Monastery.  You may remember seeing him when he came with the Abhayagiri group for a brief visit during our Pah Bah.  Welcome Ajahn Sek!

NOVEMBER 18
Tan Kondañño
 will be leaving after spending part of the last Winter Retreat with Ajahn Sudanto at Birken Monastery, then the remainder of Winter Retreat and a total of ten months at the Hermitage.  Thank you for sharing your good nature and reflections with us, and for offering your skills and helpfulness to Ajahn Sudanto and the Hermitage.

NOVEMBER 28
Ajahn Jotipalo
(left) and Tan Sudhiro (right) arrive in late November to spend Winter Retreat at the Hermitage, and be here while Ajahn Sudanto is in Thailand.  A warm welcome back to these familiar friends and former Hermitage residents.


DECEMBER 20

Ajahn Sudanto leaves for Thailand.  He’ll return January 28.

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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. 

*Update:  Birken Registration Closed*
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. Continue reading Announcing Two 2018 Retreat Opportunities

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