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Abhayagiri Events & Announcements

  • June 29 – July 1:   Reception hall celebration streamed live
  • July 1:  Thanksgiving Retreat Registration opens
  • July 8:  Luang Por Pasanno birthday and leave-taking

New Reception Hall Celebration Streamed Live

Join lay supporters and senior monks from around the world for the reception hall inauguration.  The entire event will be livestreamed on Friday, June 29th, Saturday, June 30th, and Sunday July 1st.   For more information, visit the Abhayagiri website.  Check the Reflections and Talks pages for talks from senior monks attending the celebration.

Luang Por Pasanno Steps Back as Abbot

Luang Por Pasanno

On July 8, Abhayagiri will celebrate Luang Por Pasanno’s sixty-ninth birthday and over twenty years of leadership as he steps back as abbot of Abhayagiri.  He’ll be taking a year-long sabbatical.  Read more here.

Thank you, Luang Por, for establishing the tradition in the United States, for establishing the Pacific Hermitage, and for your inspiration, teachings, and  immense contributions to the well-being of so many.

Thanksgiving Retreat Registration Opens July 1

Go to the Abhayagiri website, starting July 1, for details and registration forms for the Abhayagiri Monastic Thanksgiving Retreat.

The November 17-25 retreat has a limited number of openings for lay participants.  Registration closes July 31.



June 2018 News and Events

June and early July will be busy with regular events, special events, monastic travels and special visitors.

Ajahn Caganando (pictured) returns to the Hermitage for a visit June 13 – 27, and Ajahn Sucitto will be visiting July 3 – 6, about the same time as the Bhante Rahula retreat.  Details below.

We have two garden parties in June.  See our previous post about the second one on June 23.

Regular Events

  • JUNE 2 and JUNE 23 — Two Garden Parties at the Hermitage this June.  The weeds are just waiting for you!  Time:  10:30 am – 4:00 pm, but you can 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!  The yard could really use some help, since there was no garden party in May.
    • 10:30 am:   Potluck meal (tell the meal dana coordinator if you’re coming.)
    • 1 – 3 pm:   Yard work and other chores
    • 3 – 4 pm:   Tea and chat (until 4 pm)
  • JUNE 9 — 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.
  • JUNE 15 & 16 Monks at Portland Friends of the Dhamma (PFoD) Friday evening and for Saturday morning alms and meal.  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.

Special Events (Late June/Early July)

  • JUNE 17 — Monks at  Hillsboro Meditation Hall.  Click here for more information.
    • 9 AM:  Meditation
    • 10 AM:  Informal Q & A
    • 11:30 AM:  Meal and Sangha Dana
    • 1 PM:  Monks return to Hermitage
  • JUNE 30 – JULY 1 Abhayagiri Reception Hall Grand Opening at Abhayagiri Monastery, CA.
    The Pacific Hermitage monks and some lay community members will travel to Abhayagiri to help them celebrate the official opening of their new cloister area Reception Hall.  Honored guests include Luang Por Liem, Luang Por Viradhammo, Luang Por Jundee, Ajahn Jayasaro, Ajahn Sona and many more senior monks. Talks and meditation will happen throughout both Saturday and Sunday.  Visit Abhayagiri’s website for details as they emerge.
  • JULY 4-8 — Bhante Rahula Retreat near White Salmon, WA.
    Retreat registration is open until June 15.  Please see our previous post for more details and registration information.  Questions?  Please contact Mimi Maduro Bhante will have his meal at the Hermitage July 3.

Special Visitors, Comings and Goings

  • JUNE 6 – 12:  Ajahn Sudanto will be away at North American Abbots gathering at Birken Monastery.
  • JUNE 13 – 27:  Ajahn Caganando returns for a visit to the Hermitage after the Birken gathering.  Ajahn “Caga” is well-loved in this community!  He lived here five years as one of the original three monks who helped establish the Hermitage.
  • JUNE 28 – JULY 2:  All of the monks will be away at Abhayagiri Monastery’s Reception Hall Grand Opening.  Venerable Sampanno‘s visit to the Hermitage will draw to a close when he returns for the celebration.  Venerable Suddhiko will return with Ajahn Sudanto and Ajahn Kassapo for a stay at the Hermitage.
  • JULY 3:  Bhante Rahula will be at the Hermitage for the meal.
  • JULY 3 – 6:  Ajahn Sucitto is a beloved and gifted teacher and writer in our tradition.  Don’t miss him July 3rd, when he will lead Community Meditation at Yoga Samadhi in White Salmon, WA.  He will stay at the Hermitage for a few days.

2018 Birken Retreat Talks Available Now!

2018 Pacific Hermitage Retreat at Birken Forest Monastery
Talks available now on YouTube
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)