- MAY 2-16: Ajahn Sona at Birken Forest Monastery (details below).
- JULY 4 – 8: Bhante Rahula at Atlan Center near White Salmon. Save the dates! A little more information below, but details and contact information coming later.
*Update: Birken Registration Closed*
Birken Monastery, May 2 – 16:
Equanimity — The philosopher’s virtue
Ajahn Sona will lead an in-depth exploration of equanimity as an attitude and a form of serenity. Continue reading Announcing Two 2018 Retreat Opportunities
Ajahn Geoff will be at the regular Tuesday night meditation in White Salmon on October 31 (see below), and the Birken May 2018 Retreat dates have been set. We’ll have a post out soon about the Birken retreat.
Regular and Special Events
Regular Tuesday night meditation with the monks continues, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, at Yoga Samadhi, White Salmon, WA.
OCTOBER 7 — Garden Party at Hermitage, 10:30 am – 4:00 pm. Enjoy a potluck meal with friends (10:30 am), help in the yard (1-3 pm), join in the tea party and chat (until 4 pm). Help prepare the Hermitage for Winter. This is the final garden party for 2017. Come for any part or all of the activities.
OCTOBER 14 — Half-Day of Meditation with the monks in White Salmon, 1- 5 pm, at Yoga Samadhi. Cushions & chairs available.
OCTOBER 20 & 21 — Portland Friends of the Dhamma (PFoD). Pacific Hermitage monks visit Friday evening and Saturday morning. For more information, visit PFoD website.
Special: OCTOBER 21 — Walk to Feed the Hungry in Portland. Organized by Buddhist Global Relief. Begins from PFoD after the regular meal offering to the monks. Schedule: 12:00 – 12:45 Registration; 12:45 – 1:00 Reflections by Ajahn Sudanto & Sakula; 1:00 – 2:30 Walk; 2:30 – 3:00 Refreshments/Closing. Click here for more information.
Special: OCTOBER 22 — Hillsboro Vipassana Hall. Pacific Hermitage monks visit 9:15 am to 1:00 pm. Meditation, meal offering, Dhamma discussion. Contact Chevy here for more information.
Special: October 31 — Ajahn Geoff (Thanissaro) at Yoga Samadhi, 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Ajahn Geoff will be a special guest at Tuesday night meditation.
(He will be at PFoD October 27 – 29. Check their website for information.)
Comings & Goings
OCTOBER 6 — Ajahn Karunadhammo leaves October 6 to return to Abhayagiri, after spending three months at the Hermitage. Ajahn, thank you for your kind presence and for sharing your wisdom and teachings with our community once again this summer. We look forward to your next visit, although you hardly qualify as a “visitor” any more!
OCTOBER 6 – 12 or 13 — Ajahn Sudanto will attend the Kathina for Temple Forest Monastery in New Hampshire.
OCTOBER 15-17 — Ajahn Sudanto will be at Bend Insight Group, Bend, OR.
A Look Ahead
- Last 2017 Half-Day Retreat November 11
- Last 2017 PFoD visit November 17 & 18
- Ajahn Sek visits November 4 – December 5
- Tan Kondañño departs November 18
- Ajahn Jotipalo and Tan Sudhiro arrive November 28 for Winter Retreat
- Winter Retreat begins December 1 and runs through February 28
- Ajahn Sudanto will be in Thailand December 20 – January 28
As many of you know, a wildfire that started near Cascade Locks, Oregon has resulted in the closure of I-84 through this weekend.
The best alternate route to White Salmon is WA Hwy 14 (also known as SR 14), which runs along the Washington side of the Columbia River, from Vancouver to White Salmon.
I returned to White Salmon Tuesday afternoon and the trip from Portland took just 1.5 hours, although at peak times there may be some delays. This route has been closed to truck traffic, and a number of others have traveled this route in the past several days, noting minimal impact. If you are coming from elsewhere or have further concerns, please check current traffic conditions and allow some extra time.
Air quality is variable, but has generally been improving in the last couple of days and looks to continue going in that direction. This morning’s air quality is rated as “good to moderate” by the EPA, but people especially sensitive to this issue should check conditions in White Salmon before coming.
We look forward to seeing you this weekend.
- Two-day Garden Party, Sep. 2 & 3, to prepare for Pah Bah visitors and winter!
- Willa Thaniya & Jitindriya Daylongs, Aug. 30 & Sep. 2
- See previous post for details on Pah Bah weekend, Sep. 16 & 17.
SEPTEMBER 2 & 3 — Garden Party at Hermitage, 10:30 am – 4:00 pm. Enjoy a potluck meal with friends (10:30 am), help in the yard (1-3 pm), tea party and chat (until 4 pm). This two-day party will help prepare the Hermitage to receive monks visiting for the Pah Bah, and help split and stack wood for winter. Come for any part or all of the activities.
SEPTEMBER 9 — Half-Day of Meditation with the monks in White Salmon, 1- 5 pm, at Yoga Samadhi. Cushions & chairs available.
SEPTEMBER 15 — Portland Friends of the Dhamma (PFoD) Pacific Hermitage monks visit Friday evening. (Saturday morning is cancelled.)
SEPTEMBER 16 — PAH BAH Half-Day Retreat, (1 – 5 pm), Mtn. View Grange, White Salmon
SEPTEMBER 17 — PAH BAH Meal Offering (10:30 am) and Ceremony (1:00 pm), Mtn. View Grange, White Salmon
TUESDAY NIGHTS — Meditation/Talk with monks in White Salmon, 6:30 – 8:00 pm at Yoga Samadhi. All welcome. Cushions & chairs available. NOTE: Willa Thaniya and Jitindriya will be there August 29.
- AUGUST 30 & SEPTEMBER 2 — Willa Thaniya and Jitindriya meditation daylongs. See website for details, or contact Carole.
A Short Film About the Hermitage!
Click the arrow to see a new short film about the Pacific Hermitage, by Noah Puggarana and Will Floor.
Reminders and Look Ahead
- Ajahn Sudanto away September 6 – 12 and October 6 – 12, 16 & 17.
- Ajahn Karunadhammo leaves October 6.