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2018 Birken Retreat Talks Available Now!

2018 Pacific Hermitage Retreat at Birken Forest Monastery
Talks available now on YouTube
THEME:
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!

April News and Events

The monastic winter retreat ends March 31 and regular monthly events resume.  First up is a community Garden Party.

Garden Party and Awesome Potluck
Join us April 7th!  

A yummy potluck, and some time for chatting and working with new or long-time friends. 

Regular Events Resume in April

All are welcome.  Events are free and no experience is needed.  

APRIL 7— Garden Party at Hermitage, 10:30 am – 4:00 pm.

Come for any or all of the activities.  It’s a great way to practice generosity, see the Hermitage, get to know some folks and have some fun!

  • 10:30 am:   Potluck meal (Please tell meal dana coordinator if you’re participating)
  • 1 – 3 pm:   Yard work and other chores
  • 3 – 4 pm:   Tea and chat (until 4 pm)

APRIL 14 — Half-Day of Meditation with the monks in White Salmon, 1- 5 pm, at Yoga Samadhi.   Mostly walking and sitting meditation.  Brief dhamma talk.  Cushions & chairs available.

APRIL 20 & 21 — Portland Friends of the Dhamma  (PFoD).  Pacific Hermitage monks visit Friday evening and Saturday morning.  For more information, visit PFoD website.

TUESDAY NIGHTS — Meditation with the monks, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, at Yoga Samadhi, White Salmon, WA.  Meditation followed by dhamma talk and Q & A.  Cushions & chairs available.

Comings and Goings

Our thanks to Ajahn Jotipalo and Venerable Sudhiro for their time at the Hermitage this winter.  Venerable Sudhiro will return to Abhayagiri Monastery April 3, then continue on to Thailand.  Ajahn Jotipalo will leave April 11 for Minnesota, then visit several monasteries in Canada and New Hampshire.  He’ll return to Abhayagiri in May, then “go to Indiana and beyond” (his words!).  May you both be well.

Welcome to Ajahn Kassapo and Venerable Sampanno, who will arrive at the Hermitage the evening of April 11.  This will be the second time Ajahn Kassapo has resided at the Hermitage and the first stay for Venerable Sampanno.  You can read more about them on the Abhayagiri website.

Special Visitors and Events in 2018

Ajahn Sucitto will visit the Hermitage July 3 – 6, including Tuesday night (July 3) at Yoga Samadhi, White Salmon.  He’ll be at Portland Friends of the Dhamma the evening of July 6, and will offer a daylong there on July 7 (more information on PFoD calendar and website).

Registration is still open for the Bhante Rahula Retreat*, July 4 – 8, near White Salmon, WA.  For more information, please see our previous post.

Other Dates to Remember:

  • May 2 – 16                Birken Retreat  Hermitage groups (REGISTRATION CLOSED)
  • July 28                       Vassa (Monastic Summer Retreat) begins
  • Sep. 15 & 16             Pah Bah Weekend*:  Half-Day Retreat and Ceremony

*Arrange your lodging 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 dana@pacifichermitage.org.

 

UPDATED: Article Chronicles Thailand Trip to Honor Ajahn Chah

UPDATE:  In case NW Dharma News is unable to make these corrections in Ruby’s article, please note the following:   Ajahn Chah’s original monastery is Wat Nong Pah Pong (not, Wat Na Pah Pong, which is another monastery in Thailand).  Corrected spellings:  Mun River (not Moon) and Ajahn Sao (not Soa).  

Check out Ruby Grad’s article in NW Dharma News about traveling to Thailand with several of our community members to honor Ajahn Chah and celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth.  Enjoy descriptions and photos of their travels.

Visiting Wat Nong Pah Pong, Ajahn Chah’s Original Monastery

Left to right: Ruby Grad, Carole Melkonian, Krissy Martin, Joan Benge, Matthew Grad, Scott Benge, Luang Por Liem (barely visible in the back) and Ajahn Sudanto.  Luang Por Liem was a direct disciple of Luang Por Chah and is the Abbot of Wat Nong Pah Pong.