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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.

May 2017 Events and News

Early Notice:  PAH BAH* is September 16 & 17, 2017

Reserve your lodging now!
Lodging in and near White Salmon is already filling up!

Regular Events in May

TUESDAY NIGHTS — Meditation/Talk with monks, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, Yoga Samadhi.  All welcome.  Cushions & chairs available.  No charge.

MAY 6 — Garden Party at Hermitage
Come for any or all of the party!

  • 10:30 am — Arrive for potluck meal.  Coming?  Please let meal dana coordinator know.
  • 11:00 am  Meal, cleanup and preparation for yard work.
  •  1:00 pm — Yard work (and play!)
  • 3:00 pm — Tea party and chat

MAY 13 — Half-Day Retreat in White Salmon, 1- 5 pm, at Yoga Samadhi.  Enjoy sitting and walking meditation with the monks, and Dhamma reflections by Ajahn Karunadhammo.  No charge.  All are welcome.  Cushions & chairs available.

MAY 19 & 20 — PFoD visit CANCELLED because there will be no Ajahns in residence.

Travels

  • APR 29 – MAY 1 — Ajahn Sudanto away to Abhayagiri for Upasika Renewal weekend
  • MAY 3 – 27 — Ajahn Sudanto away to Birken Retreat (Canada), then Amaravati (UK)
  • MAY 3 – 17 (Corrected return date) — Tan Kondañño away to Birken Retreat** (returns late May 17)

Friends Visiting in May

Photo: Ajahn Karunadhammo [photo: jfoto.com]

Ajahn Karunadhammo (pictured) and Tan Khantiko will return to the Hermitage and be there while both Ajahn Sudanto and Tan Kondañño are away.

MAY 2 – 14 — Ajahn Karunadhammo will help hold down the fort for a couple of weeks.  We welcome this gifted teacher, even if his stay is far too brief!  He and Tan Khantiko will arrive with Ajahn Sudanto after the meal on May 2.

MAY 2 – JUNE 3 — Tan Khantiko also has spent time at the Hermitage.  Welcome back!

Food Offerings are Needed Daily

Pacific Hermitage monks follow the Buddha’s tradition of relying on the lay community for their meal every day.  Monks are not allowed to grow, buy or prepare food.

It’s sobering to realize that if no one offers them food in the morning, the monks won’t have a meal that day.

Offering “meal dana” is a heart-opening, joyful experience.  Ask anyone who has done it!   Not only is it a way to get to know the monks and ask them questions one-on-one, it is a direct and traditional Buddhist way of practicing generosity.

We always need more people to:

  • Offer a meal at the Hermitage (mostly needed on weekends), or
  • Offer food to the monks as they walk alms rounds in White Salmon (mostly needed on weekdays).

More information — Check Support on the website or contact me (Debie), meal dana coordinator.  Feel free to just ask questions.  There’s no obligation.  Or talk with someone else who has offered food.  If you’re a little nervous, I understand.  I certainly was my first time!

To offer a meal at the Hermitage — Please check the Calendar to find out when meals are needed, then contact the meal dana coordinator to schedule your offering.


*A Pah Bah is a traditional Thai ceremony for giving robe cloth and other necessary items to monastics.  For more information or to volunteer, email pahbah@sanghata.net or check the Sanghata website:  sanghata.net.  Sanghata is the Board of Stewards for the Pacific Hermitage.

**Birken Retreat — Lay community members join Ajahn Sudanto and Tan Kondañño for a retreat at Birken Forest Monastery (Canada), May 3 – 13.  All spaces are full.

 

Buddha’s Teachings on Social and Communal Harmony

Book for Tuesday Night Meditation/Dhamma Talk

Over the next few weeks, Ajahn Sudanto plans to reference a book by Bhikkhu Bodhi in his reflections and the discussions at Tuesday night meditation sessions.  If you are interested, you should be able to find a paperback of The Buddha’s Teachings on Social and Communal Harmony by Bhikkhu Bodhi online for about $11.  It’s also available in electronic form.

All are welcome to come meditate with the monks, Tuesday nights, 6:30-8:00 pm, at Yoga Samadhi in White Salmon, WA.   Cushions and chairs are available.

February 2017 Events

The weather seems to be moderating a little bit, many roads are good to passable, and White Salmon hasn’t had temperatures in the teens or single digits for a couple of weeks.

Perhaps the monks can now settle into more of a normal “Winter Retreat” routine, rather than working on repairs, heavy-duty snow removal or preventing new snow/ice problems.

February Events:  A Quiet Month
  • Venerable  Saddhammo visits Jan. 31 – Feb. 7 (approx. dates)
  • Meditation with the Monks, Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00 pm, Yoga Samadhi, White Salmon, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Keeping it Kind of Quiet Through March

With all the snow, ice and cold-related work, Ajahn Sudanto and Venerable Kondañño haven’t had the extended period of relative silence, meditation and study that usually defines Winter Retreat.   This normally is an important time of intense practice and renewal for monastics.

Their Winter Retreat “officially” continues through February, but the monks will try to maintain a retreat atmosphere through March.  You can help them do this for the next couple of months by curtailing unnecessary talking, offering them food for their daily meal,* or giving your time if it’s needed.  This type of support reduces demands on their time, which helps them focus on their practice as much as possible.   (Note:  It’s OK to say hello or ask Dhamma questions after offering a weekend meal or at Tuesday night meditation!)

* This is a daily need, throughout the year.  Please see the Support page or contact the meal dana coordinator for information or to schedule a meal offering.

UPDATE: Monks Return January 11 (Delayed)

Snow at HermitageUPDATE:  The monks will now return 1/12 or 1/13, due to weather related problems.

Ajahn Sudanto and Tan Kondañño will soon leave a cold and snowy Birken Forest Monastery (British Columbia) … and return to a cold and snowy Hermitage!  (In fact, we’ll have to see if this weather allows them to return on Jan. 11th.)

A warm welcome to both!

Meet Venerable Kondañño
tan-kondannoWelcome to Tan Kondañño!  He will be staying at the Hermitage at least through the end of Winter Retreat.  Originally from Pittsburgh, Tan Kondañño’s first exposure to the Dhamma was in the late 90’s at Mt. Baldy Zen Center, CA.  After a short stint with Zen, he began attending Goenka Vipassana courses, and in 2009, he moved to California to help develop the Northern California Vipassana Center.  In 2011, he began visiting Abhayagiri Monastery to diversify and deepen his practice.  He ordained there as a Bhikkhu on June 5, 2016.
Honoring Monastic Winter Retreat (Dec. 1 – Feb. 28)

Ajahn Sudanto

During the monastic Winter Retreat, monks live in greater silence and focus more on meditation and study.  It’s a time for them to recharge and deepen their practice.

We gently ask folks to honor the monks’ Winter Retreat.  One way to do this is by curtailing unnecessary speech. Good news, though — Tuesday night meditation in White Salmon still offers a venue for Dhamma questions and discussions, so please feel free to bring your questions there!

Offering Alms and Meals

Another gentle reminder, this time about offering food. The monks eat one meal each day from food offered to them each morning.  This type of support is needed daily.

Food may be offered to the monks as alms or meals.  While several local families regularly offer food to the monks while they walk on alms round through White Salmon (nearly every morning), and various friends in the region bring meals to the Hermitage, more support is always needed and welcome.  The monks rely primarily on alms food during the week and meals offered on the weekends at the Hermitage.

For some, offering food to the monks is simply a joyful act.  For others, it may reflect their appreciation for the teachings or just being able to connect and talk with monastics (quite a rare situation in the US!).  In any case, offering food is an act of generosity that truly gladdens the heart … of both giver and receiver!

If you have questions or would like to help, please visit our Support page or contact the meal dana coordinator for more information.  Meal offerings at the Hermitage should be scheduled through the meal dana coordinator.  The Support page also has information on other ways to offer support* — services, time, etc.
*A Note from Sanghata
The monks follow monastic practices established by the Buddha, including one that does not allow them to receive, handle or ask for money.  As a result, you won’t find much information about monetary support on the Pacific Hermitage website.  You’ll need to visit Sanghata.net for that.  Sanghata is a Board of Stewards that handles all financial matters for the Hermitage.   Please feel free to visit Sanghata.net for more information.

2017 Events Schedule (and Monastics Return!)

2016-ph-bridge-w-snowMonastics Return January 11th

There ‘ve been only animal tracks on the Hermitage driveway since that white, fluffy stuff began falling from the sky a few weeks ago.  That will change soon.  The driveway snow will either melt or be plowed for Ajahn Sudanto’s and Venerable Kondañño’s arrival on January 11.

The monks may leave cold and snowy (and beautiful!) Birken Forest Monastery in British Columbia, only to return to pretty darn chilly and snowy White Salmon, Washington!  

Regular / Recurring Events with the Monks

Weekly, Meditation with the Monks, Resuming January 17th

  • The monks will resume leading meditation and offering Dhamma reflections, on Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, at Yoga Samadhi.  All are welcome!

Monthly, Beginning in April

  • Community Work Parties at Hermitage   (1st Saturdays, 1:00 – 3:00 pm, Apr.-Sep.)
  • Half-Day Retreats at Yoga Samadhi   (2nd Saturdays, 1:00 – 5:00 pm, Apr.-Nov.)
  • Portland Friends of the Dhamma   (3rd Fridays & Saturdays, Apr.-Nov.)
    • Tea, questions, meditation and Dhamma talk  (5:30 – 9:00 pm, Third Fridays)
    • Almsround and Meal Offering at PFoD  (10:30 am – 1:00 pm, Third Saturdays)

NOTE:  Yoga Samadhi and the Pacific Hermitage are in White Salmon, Washington.  Portland Friends of the Dhamma (PFoD) is in Portland, Oregon.

Special Events, Comings, Goings and Retreats

  • Dec. 1 – Feb. 28       2016-17 Winter Retreat
  • Jan. 11                        Aj. Sudanto & Tan Kondañño return to Hermitage 
  • May 3 – 17                  Retreat at Birken  Monastery for Hermitage group
  • May 19 – 27                Aj. Sudanto to Amaravati Monastery (UK)
  • July 7 & 8                   Luang Por Sumedho visits
  • July 9 – Oct. 5           Vassa (Monastic Summer Retreat)
  • Aug 19 – 22                Aj. Sudanto to Steens Mtn. / Bend
  • Aug. 29 – 30              Willa & Jitindryia Tuesday, plus Daylong
  • Sep. 6 – 13                 Yosemite Monastic Retreat  
  • Sep. 16 & 17            Hermitage Pah Bah*
  • Oct. 6 – 12                 Aj. Sudanto to Temple Monastery Kathina
  • Dec. 1 – Feb. 28      2017-18 Winter Retreat 

*If you will need lodging for the Pah Bah, it’s best to arrange it as soon as possible.

Please check the Pacific Hermitage website often to keep current with any additions, cancellations or changes.  To learn about or offer alms food or a meal to the monks, please visit our Support page or contact Debie at dana@pacifichermitage.org.

Best wishes for the new year!

Community Meditation Continues Through Winter

Join Us:  Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, Yoga Samadhi, White Salmon

P1040951Several members of the local community have offered to host Tuesday night meditation while the monks are away (now until January 11).

Please join us!  Some hosts may just begin and end the meditation, while others may lead a discussion or read something that speaks to them.  No matter what, it will be a warm and supportive space to meditate with new or longtime Dhamma friends.

Our Hosts:  Bruce Anderson (11/22 & 29), Colleen Regalbuto (12/6), Ellen Donoghue (12/13 & 1/3), Debie Garner (12/20) and Anna Siebenborn (1/10).   We’ll announce a host for 12/27 a bit later.

Weather (not to mention life!) is uncertain, so please check the Pacific Hermitage website for any last minute notices about the schedule.

Monks Return January 11

Ajahn Sudanto will return to the Hermitage January 11, after first attending the Abhayagiri Thanksgiving Retreat, then traveling to Birken Forest Monastery (Canada) for the first part of his annual Monastic Winter Retreat.  Venerable Kondañño, an Abhayagiri monk, will return with him and stay at least through the rest of the Winter Retreat.

November 2016 Events

aj-geoffAjahn Geoff (Thanissaro Bhikkhu) to Visit in November

We are fortunate to once again have Ajahn Geoff visit Portland and White Salmon!  In early November, he will be at Portland Friends of the Dhamma for a three-day weekend.  On the following Tuesday, he will lead meditation and give Dhamma reflections at Yoga Samadhi in White Salmon.

Ajahn Geoff is a well-known Thai Forest Tradition author and meditation teacher, and the Abbot of Wat Metta, a monastery in northern San Diego County, California.

* May 2017 Birken Retreat Registration Now Open (see previous post)*

November Events
  • November 4 – 6
    Ajahn Geoff at Portland Friends of the Dhamma
    (visit pdxdhamma.org for more information)
  • November 8
    Ajahn Geoff at Tuesday night meditation
    Yoga Samadhi in White Salmon (6:30 – 8:00 pm)
  • November 12
    Half-Day Mini Retreat with Ajahn Sudanto
    Yoga Samadhi in White Salmon (1:00 – 5:00 pm)
  • November 18 – 27
    Abhayagiri Thanksgiving Retreat (registration is closed)
Monks Away on Retreat(s):  November 16 – January 11

No monks will be at the Hermitage for about a month and a half, beginning November 16.  Ajahn Sudanto will leave that day for Abhayagiri Monastery.  Following the Abhayagiri Thanksgiving Retreat, Ajahn Sudanto and Venerable Kondañño, will travel directly to Birken Monastery to begin their Monastic Winter Retreat a month earlier than usual.

While the monks are away, please check the Calendar each week to see if a member of the community will host a Tuesday night meditation at Yoga Samadhi (6:30 – 8:00 pm).

Ajahn Sudanto and Venerable Kondañño will return to the Hermitage January 11, 2017 to complete the Winter Retreat, and Venerable Kondañño will stay through the winter.

2016 Pah Bah Samakkee: Anumodana, ขอบคุณ, ຂອບໃຈ, ឣរគុណ, cám ơn, Thank You!

That’s Thank You in Six Languages:
Pali, Thai, Lao, Khmer, Vietnamese and English

(A note from Sanghata, the board of stewards for the Pacific Hermitage.)

The 2016 Pah Bah Samakkee was a joyful event that so clearly reflected the good will, intent and generosity of all who sponsored, organized, brought food, made offerings and/or attended.  A beautiful sense of community and a lot of fun!  Just look at the smiles!  (It was even a chance to catch up with family.  That’s Ajahn Sudanto and his mom, in the last photo.)

sunny-dankrissy-bob-ruby-joangary-muk-friendsajahn-sudanto-mom

Our thanks to Luang Por Pasanno and Luang Por Viradhammo for sharing their warmth and wisdom.  They were generous with their time, speaking one-on-one with many of those attending.

Loan is Paid Off Two Years Early!

How amazing and wonderful that a small Buddhist Hermitage in the Columbia River Gorge receives this much support from around the world.  Over $41,000 was donated (some donations came in after the event).  With these funds, the board (Sanghata) was able to pay off the loan for purchasing the property adjacent to the Hermitage.  The remaining funds are now available for other key projects and expenses.  Thank you so much!

Our Sponsors Came From Near and Far

Several families came together to sponsor the 2016 Pah Bah Samakkee.  Our thanks to them for helping to spread the word — worldwide — about the Pacific Hermitage.  Support indeed came from around the world.  Some of the sponsors are shown in the photo below.

2016-pah-bah-samakkee-sponsors

The 2016 Pah Bah Samakkee Sponsors

  • The Chaicharn Family, Corvallis, OR
  • The Pongluelert Family, Fresno, CA
  • The Siriphathaboon Family, Portland, OR
  • The Kongkarat Family, Seattle, WA
  • The Anantanasakul Family, Thailand
  • The Chinjaturapart Family, Thailand
Gratitude for a Very Generous Community

The board is so grateful for this outpouring of support for the Hermitage, as well as the increasing interest in the Dhamma and the various retreats and events associated with the Hermitage.  The community is growing.  May you all receive the blessings of your generosity, as well as your study and practice of the Dhamma.

Thank you,
Sanghata

Visit Sanghata.net for information about Sanghata.