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.
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 16 — PAH BAH Half-Day Retreat, (1 – 5 pm), Mtn. View Grange, White Salmon
SEPTEMBER 17 — PAH 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.
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.
September 16th and 17th
Luang Por Pasanno for Retreat and PAH BAH
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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→