Coinciding with the departure of Ajahn Karunadhammo in late July, who returned to Abhayagiri for the summer retreat period, we welcome Suhajjo Bhikkhu to spend several months with us here in White Salmon.
Venerable Suhajjo ordained and has been training at Abhayagiri for over three years. He’ll be staying with us until Mid-December when he’ll return to Abhayagiri for the winter retreat.
Tan Suhajjo was born in Southern California in 1986. Although he did not have an affinity for religion, he stumbled upon the Buddha’s teachings in high school and they resonated deeply for him. It was not until attending college in San Jose, California that he became interested in comparative religion and meditation. With his interest in Buddhism rekindled and questions about life still unanswered, he decided to explore an alternative to the home life he was living. This led him to the teachings of the disciples of Ajahn Chah and to Abhayagiri. After two years of Anāgārika and Sāmaṇera training, Venerable Suhajjo took full Bhikkhu ordination on June 22, 2014
Are you interested in doing some shady gardening (the shady pond area needs some lovin’ care) or maybe even a little dirty work (we’re remodeling the shrine room) at the Pacific Hermitage on Saturday, August 1, 2015? This is the fourth in our five-part Garden Party series. Please join us!
It’s a good idea to bring work gloves, knee pads, a water bottle and whatever else you find helpful when gardening. If remodeling is more your thing, pack your safety glasses and a dust mask as well.
Come for as long or as little as you like!
10:30 AM — Time to arrive if you’re offering food for the meal. Please let Debie know if you’re coming: firstname.lastname@example.org 11:00 AM — Meal offered to monks 1:00 PM — Give some lovin’ care to the shady pond area, or get into the dusty and dirty remodeling. 3:00 PM — Break for tea and a chat
Address: Pacific Hermitage, 65 Barnedt Road, White Salmon, WA 98672. Carpooling encouraged.
We are pleased to announce a weekend of special events with the very esteemed Luang Por Liem, Abbot of Wat Nong Pah Pong Monastery, July 3rd – 5th.
Accompanying Luang Por Liem are the venerable Luang Por Pasanno, Abbot of the Abhayagiri Monastery in California, and venerable Luang Por Jundee, Abbot of the Wat Pah Ampawan in Thailand along with several monks from their respective monasteries.
Luang Por Liem Ṭhitadhammo, a Buddhist monk in the Thai Forest Tradition since 1969, is considered to be one of the greatest living meditation masters in Thailand. He trained under the late meditation master, Ajahn Chah, and now follows in Ajahn Chah’s footsteps as the Abbot of the Wat Nong Pah Pong Monastery.
Public Events, July 3 – July 5
Friday, July 3rd – Friends of the Dhamma, Portland (map)
5:30pm – 6:40pm Tea and Dhamma discussion
7:00pm – 9:00pm Meditation and Dhamma talk
Saturday, July 4th – Friends of the Dhamma, Portland
10:00am – 10:30am Buddha Rupa blessing ceremony
11:00am – 1:00pm Meal offering, visit with the monastics
Saturday Afternoon, July 4th – Pacific Hermitage, White Salmon (map)
1:00pm-3:00pm Interdependence Garden Party
3:00pm-4:00pm Tea and reception
Sunday, July 5th – Pacific Hermitage, White Salmon
11:00am -1:00pm Meal offering, visit with the monastics
Sunday Evening, July 5th – Yoga Samadhi, White Salmon (map)
6:30pm-8:30pm Meditation and Dhamma talk
Ajahn Chandako, the abbot of Vimutti Buddhist Monastery, will be visiting June 12-15th. Friday June 12th, Ajahn will be speaking at the Portland Friends of the Dhamma, and then coming out to visit the hermitage for a couple days.
Ajahn previously spent a long period of retreat in the Portland area, and has visited the hermitage twice. Please join us welcoming him back for another visit.
In addition to the talk in Portland, Ajahn will be walking for alms and available after the meal offerings on Saturday and Sunday at the hermitage, June 13 & 14th.
A Bit of Background
Ajahn was ordained as a Buddhist monk in 1990 in the lineage of Venerable Ajahn Chah of the Thai Forest Tradition. Born in 1962 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A., his interest in the teachings of the Buddha grew as he studied towards a BA degree in Religious Studies from Carleton College (1984). Following graduation, he began applying himself to training in meditation and subsequently went to Asia to find a monastery suitable for fully devoting himself to the Dhamma.
After practicing intensive meditation in various monasteries in Thailand and traveling extensively in Tibet, Nepal and India, he eventually settled at Wat Pah Nanachat, The International Forest Monastery, in the North-east of Thailand. Ajahn Chah established this branch monastery specifically for his English-speaking disciples. For the first five years after his full ordination as a bhikkhu, Ajahn Chandako was based at Wat Pah Nanachat.
He then began wandering, seeking out forest meditation masters and studying with them. Along the way he translated into English many of the teachings he received in Thai. Included in his translations is Ajahn Chah’s Unshakeable Peace. Ajahn Chandako is also the author of A Honed and Heavy Axe.