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October 2016 Events

Let’s make sure the Hermitage stays warm this winter!  There’s a two-day Garden Party this month for that purpose, plus the regular half-day retreat and events at Portland Friends of the Dhamma.  Please join us for any or all of the events!

img_20121005_170835Two-Day Garden Party
October 1 & 2, 1 – 3 PM

It’s Time to Saw, Split and Stack!  The Hermitage uses a wood stove as its main source of heat, so each year we help the monks lay in a big stack of wood for the colder months.

If you’d like to help, please come to one or both days of our Saturday/Sunday Garden Party to re-supply the wood pile and help with some yard work.  You can choose to come for just some or all of each work party (1 – 3 PM).  The Tea Party each day starts at about 3 PM.  If these dates don’t work for you, but you’d like to help split or stack wood, please email the Hermitage to set up a time to come over.  We’ll have the power splitter for a while.

There’s also a meal offering each day before the work begins.  If you’d like to bring food, please arrive by 10:30 AM, and let the meal dana coordinator know that you’re coming.  Thanks!

Half-Day Meditation Mini-Retreat
October 8, 1 – 5 PM

Join Ajahns Sudanto and Karunadhammo at Yoga Samadhi in White Salmon, WA, for a quiet afternoon of walking and sitting meditation, and brief reflections.  This event is free and no experience is needed.  Cushions and chairs will be available.

Portland Friends of the Dhamma*
October 14 & 15

  • Friday, October 14
    5:30 PM — Tea and reflections
    7:00 PM — Meditation and Dhamma talk
  • Saturday, October 15
    10:30 AM — Alms Round
    11:00 AM — Meal Offering

* For more information, please visit Portland Friends of the Dhamma

Monks Away
October 18 – 24

Ajahns Sudanto and Karunadhammo will be leaving October 18 for the Abhayagiri Kathina. A lay community member will host the October 18, 6:30 pm meditation at Yoga Samadhi.  Ajahn Sudanto will return in time for the October 25 meditation and dhamma talk at Yoga Samadhi.

Thank You for Visiting, Ajahn Karunadhammo!

Photo: Ajahn Karunadhammo [photo:]

A warm thanks to Ajahn Karunadhammo for being a very welcome presence at the Hermitage these past several months.  Your wise and kind presence, inspiring Dhamma talks and support for Ajahn Sudanto have been much appreciated.

Ajahn Karunadhammo will leave October 18 with Ajahn Sudanto, to attend the Abhayagiri Kathina (similar to our Pah Bah), then once again reside at Abhayagiri.  (Ajahn Sudanto will return the afternoon of October 25.)

June 2016 Comings, Goings and Events

Path to Kuti OneJune will be a bit quieter than May, but will still see its share of comings and goings:
  • May 31-June 6 — Ajahns Sudanto and Caganando at Abhayagiri Monastery.
  • June 8 — Ajahn Caganando returns to Temple Forest Monastery.
  • June 15-28 — Ajahn Sudanto traveling to visit family and friends.
  • June 28 — Ajahn Karunadhammo returns (he left May 23rd).
Update on Regular Events:
  • Garden Party/Community Work Day
    • June 4 — CANCELLED (monks at Abhayagiri 20th Anniversary Celebration)
    • July 2 — Next Garden Party
  • Tuesday Night Meditation (6:30 – 8:00 pm, Yoga Samadhi, White Salmon)
    • May 29  — Ajahn Amaro (this Sunday event replaces May 31 meditation)
    • May 31 — CANCELLED
    • June 21 — Local community member host (while monks away)
    • June 28 — Ajahn Karunadhammo will lead meditation
  • Portland Friends of the Dhamma (3rd Friday & Saturday events at PFoD, Portland)
    • June 17 & 18 — CANCELLED (no monks at Hermitage)
  • Half-Day Retreat  (1:00-5:00 pm, Yoga Samadhi)
    • June 11 — It’s on!
Special Events/Notes:
  • May 31-June 6 — Abhayagiri 20th Anniversary  (no monks at Hermitage)
  • June 15-28 — Ajahn Sudanto traveling to visit family and friends (no monks at Hermitage)
Look Ahead to July:
  • No cancellations planned!
  • Join us July 2 for a Garden Party/Community Work Day.
  • Check the calendar for other regular events.

Bhante Rahula Retreat Well Attended

Note: scroll down for information on Ajahn Amaro’s visit to the Hermitage, May 27 – 30.

2016 Rahula Retreat Group PhotoOver 40 people attended a weekend retreat lead by Venerable Bhante Rahula, May 20-22, in White Salmon at Mountain View Grange.  This is the first local multiple-day retreat that the Pacific Hermitage has helped sponsor.

Piriya and Nee Pinit invited Bhante Rahula here to lead the retreat.  The Pinits have followed Bhante’s teachings for many years:   “Bhante has been our teacher for more than twenty years and we knew how exceptional he is. We were glad that we could share his teaching with the community of people who have sincere interest in the Dhamma.” (Arvoranee Pinit)

Many thanks to the Pinits for bringing Bhante to the Pacific Northwest!  And, thank you to the Pinits and Joan and Scott Benge for organizing the event.  For more information, or books and talks by about Bhante Rahula, please check out his blog.


May 2016 Birken Talks and Photos

2016 PH Birken Retreat GroupMany thanks to Ajahn Sona and the Birken Forest Monastery community for hosting this year’s Pacific Hermitage Retreat.  This is a regular event each year.

The links below contain recordings of the talks given at the retreat and some photos of the retreat and journey to and from the retreat:

Regularly, in May of each year and at various other times, the Hermitage monks offer opportunities for the lay community to experience several-day retreats.   In November, Ajahn Sudanto will lead a group down to Abhayagiri (in California) for a Thanksgiving Retreat.  Just so there’s no confusion, there are a couple of events at Abhayagiri this year:

Registration for the Thanksgiving retreat will open in July 2016 and pre-registration for the May 2017 Birken Retreat will open October 2016.  For updates, please check this website or sign up for our email list (see very bottom of this home page).

Wow, What a May!

Ajahn Caganando May 2-June 8
Ajahn Caganando

There are many updates and changes to the regular May calendar, including changes to regular events, visits by Ajahn Caganando, Bhante Rahula and Ajahn Amaro, and several special events.

Please check the updates, below, for the events and visits that interest you.  Click on the links included for more information.  Also check the Hermitage Calendar regularly.

Update on Regular Events:
  • Garden Parties
    • April 30 — ADDED (2nd April Garden Party)
    • May 7 — CANCELLED
  • Tuesday Night Meditation (6:30 – 8:00 pm, Yoga Samadhi, White Salmon)
    • May 10 — Local community member host, while monks are away at Birken
    • May 17 — Bhante Rahula
    • May 31 — CANCELLED (replaced by Ajahn Amaro, Sunday, May 29th)
  • Portland Friends of the Dhamma (3rd Friday and Saturday events at PFoD, Portland)
    • May 20 & 21 — Cancelled
    • May 27 — Ajahn Amaro at PFoD, 5:30 – 9:00 pm (no Saturday events)
  • Half-Day Retreat
    • May 14 — (1:00-5:00 pm, Yoga Samadhi)
Special Visitors!
  • May 2-June 8 — Ajahn Caganando
  • May 13-24 — Bhante Rahula (see teaching, retreat and visit schedule below)
  • May 26-31 — Ajahn Amaro (see teaching and visit schedule below)
Special Retreats and Events:
  • May 4-13 — Birken Retreat with Hermitage group (monks away from Hermitage)
  • May 20-22 — Bhante Rahula Retreat (White Salmon, Washington)
  • May 31-June 5 — Abhayagiri 20th Anniversary  (monks away from Hermitage)
Information on Special Visitors and Teaching Schedules
Ajahn Caganando — May 2 – June 8

Ajahn Caganando May 2-June 8

Our dear friend, Ajahn Caganando, is returning for a visit!

Ajahn was one of the original three monks who helped establish the Pacific Hermitage in 2010, and he lived here for five years.  Ajahn Caga now resides at Temple Forest Monastery in New Hampshire, helping that monastery get established.  Welcome back, Ajahn Caganando!


Bhante Rahula — May 13 – 24


Bhante Rahula, is a senior Theravada monk who conducts retreats around the world.  He often incorporates yoga into his teachings to help enhance mindfulness training.

His detailed teaching schedule while in Portland and White Salmon follows below Ajahn Amaro’s photo and information.


Ajahn Amaro — May 26 – 31

Ajahn Amaro visits in late May

Ajahn  Amaro is a senior monk in the Ajahn Chah tradition.  He helped establish Abhayagiri Monastery in 1996 and is now Abbot of Amaravati Monastery in England.  We’re fortunate to have him visiting the Hermitage, May 26-31.  He’ll then travel with Ajahns Sudanto and Caganando to Abhayagiri’s 20th Anniversary Celebration.  (See the post “Celebrate Abhayagiri’s 20th Anniversary!” if you’re interested in traveling down to Abhayagiri with a Pacific Hermitage group.)  Ajahn’s detailed teaching schedule follows.

Detailed Schedules for Bhante Rahula and Ajahn Amaro

Bhante Rahula and Ajahn Amaro will be visiting Portland and leading several events in White Salmon.  For more detailed information, click here:   Continue reading Wow, What a May!

Celebrate Abhayagiri’s 20th Anniversary!


Join a local group traveling to California to attend the celebration!

This year marks the 20th Anniversary of Abhayagiri Monastery, the first US monastery established by followers of Ajahn Chah and the parent monastery of the Pacific Hermitage.

If you’d like to join a local group that is traveling down to help celebrate this event, a “caravan” will be leaving May 31st and returning June 6th. The actual ceremony is Saturday, June 4th. Additionally, there will be an ordination of two monks on Sunday, June 5th.  Abhayagiri is located in Redwood Valley in the mountainous forests of Mendocino County, California.

Scott and Joan Benge have offered to drive Ajahn Amaro (who will be visiting the Hermitage in late May), Ajahn Sudanto and Ajahn Caganando to the event. If you’re interested in joining this group, please contact Scott. It’s a great opportunity to talk with and spend some less formal time with the monastics.

The plan is for the group to leave White Salmon quite early on May 31st and travel south down the east side of the Cascades. The group will either bring food or stop at restaurants along the way, or both.

Accommodations at Abhayagiri are very limited, so those wanting to stay at the monastery will probably need to tent camp. Other folks may want to check out lodging in Ukiah or through vacation rentals in the areas.

If you need to set your own timeframe, you’re welcome to travel individually to celebrate Abhayagiri’s 20th!

For more information, please contact Scott Benge, at or 503-781-3588. For more information about the celebration, visit


Is a Weekend Meal Offering in Your Future?

Karen Offering FoodAs many of you know, the monks eat their daily meal from food offered to them that morning. This means that someone must offer food each and every day.  On most weekdays, alms food provides an adequate meal.  On weekends, they rely on people bringing meal offerings to the Hermitage.

We currently need people to schedule meal offerings. Ask anyone who has offered a meal — it’s a lovely way to practice generosity and interact more directly with the monks!

Weekends — Meal Offerings are Needed.  Please check the website Calendar regularly to see if a meal is needed on a Saturday or Sunday, then schedule your offering with the meal dana coordinator.   See the note above the calendar to understand when meals are needed.  You’ll see many open weekends ahead on the calendar.

Weekdays — Mostly Alms.  If you live in or near White Salmon, you might consider offering alms food.  A few families regularly offer alms one or more days a week, but more participants would be helpful and welcome.

Please contact the meal dana coordinator (Debie) for information or to schedule a meal offering.  You can also visit the Support tab of for information.  By the way, “dana” (pronounced “dawn-ah”) means generosity or donation.

Tuesday Night Series on Mindfulness Book

Four to five weeks exploring the book Mindfulness in Plain English: 20th Anniversary Edition, by Henepola Gunaratana

On Tuesday nights for the next four-five weeks, after meditation, Ajahn Sudanto will talk us through the book Mindfulness in Plain English.   He calls it a good opportunity for those new to meditation and an introduction to the main models and meditation methods of early Buddhism. The book uses plain English, but is faithful to the early Buddhist texts.

The series starts February 16, 2016.

If you’d like to read ahead or follow along, you can find the book online or perhaps at a library or used book store.  The current edition (20th Anniversary) costs in the neighborhood of $10 for a new paperback, $5 for a used, and $13 for a Kindle edition. Older editions (not 20th Anniversary) also should be fine and a bit less expensive.  Here’s a link to

No registration or meditation experience is necessary. Tuesday night meditation / Dhamma talks run from 6:30 to 8:00 pm, at Yoga Samadhi, 177 W. Jewett Blvd., White Salmon, WA.  Those interested should plan on arriving by 6:30 pm to meditate before the talk.

Sanghata Welcomes Anna Siebenborn

The Sanghata Board welcomes its newest member, Anna Siebenborn! Anna fills an opening on the Sanghata after Mimi Maduro stepped down at the end of 2015.

Anna SiebenbornAnna was one of the first White Salmon residents to become aware of the monks after seeing them on almsround near her White Salmon home. She and her husband have regularly offered alms food, transportation and other support to the monks ever since.

Sanghata President, Scott Benge: “We are very pleased to have Anna join the Sanghata board. We warmly welcome her dedication to the Dhamma and sincere desire to be in service to the community.”

The Sanghata Board of Directors acts as stewards for the Pacific Hermitage. For more information, visit

Welcome Ajahn Karunadhammo!

JFoto-Alms 0301 (1)We’re so happy to welcome Ajahn Karunadhammo for a visit at the same time we welcome back Ajahn Sudanto from his stay at Birken Forest Monastery!

Ajahn Karunadhammo (Ajahn “Karuna” for short) has visited the Hermitage several times, sometimes taking on the role of senior monk when Ajahn Sudanto has been away.  Ajahn Karuna normally resides at the parent monastery, Abhayagiri.

We are fortunate to have not one, but two (!) senior monastic teachers in White Salmon at least through part of May — actually three (!) Ajahns when Ajahn Caganando arrives in early May.  You are welcome to join the monks and lay community at the regular Tuesday night community meditation/Dhamma reflections, 6:30 – 8:00 PM, at Yoga Samadhi, 177 W Jewett Blvd, White Salmon, WA 98672.