The Calendar Tab

The Calendar tab is your portal to Hermitage Event and Meal Dana (offering) information.  Read about it (below), then give it a click (above).
How does It Look to You?

When you click on the Calendar tab, the way the Event and Meal Dana information is displayed will depend on if you’re using a computer, tablet or phone:

  • On a computer, you’ll likely see a list of Hermitage Events on the left side of the screen and a list of Meal Dana information on the right.
  • On a phone or tablet, you’ll probably see the list of Hermitage Events first, with the Meal Dana information below that.  (And there’s also a real calendar–see below.)
Meal Dana Calendar

To see Meal Dana information in a more traditional calendar view, look below the list of Hermitage Events and click on ← Meal Dana Calendar  Here’s some more information:

  • The monks rely on scheduled meal offerings for their Saturday and Sunday meals, and alms food Monday – Friday.  (Occasionally someone offers a meal on a weekday.)
  • A bold date on the calendar means there is a meal offering or some important information (such as, the monks will be away for the meal) for that date.  Hover your cursor over a bold date or click on it for more information.
  • All weekend dates need meal offerings, so if one is not boldit means that a meal offering is needed.  Please contact the meal dana coordinator (Debie) if you’d like to offer a meal on one of those days.
Get Familiar!

Please poke around and get a little more comfortable with the new calendar tab and this way of displaying the information.  We may be able to modify the calendar a bit in the future, but this is our current way of letting people know of key events, when meals are needed and when the monks will not be at the Hermitage during meal time.

Here’s a Challenge:  There are many dates in September and October when the monks will be gone.  See if you can find that information through the Calendar tab!

Fallen Garden Party 2015

Gathering firewood and prepping the gardens for winter.
Gathering firewood and prepping the gardens for winter.

From Fallen Trees to Firewood

Thanks to the hard working crew who showed up for the final Garden Party of 2015! They skillfully cut, split and stacked firewood from trees that had succumbed to nature over the last year or so. The Hermitage should be cozy this Winter!

Fall Gardens and Winter Rooftops
In addition, the party-goers groomed our gardens in time for the arrival of our Pah Bah guests and visitors, and helped make the roof over our remodeled shrine room ready for Winter Rains. Most of the remodeled exterior was painted as well.

Much Gratitude to Hermitage Supporters!
Thank you to all who worked and played in the garden with us this Summer! We enjoyed nutritious meals, spiffed up the grounds, got ready for Winter, and had some nice tea-time chats.

September Saturdays (and Special Sunday)

Gardening or meditation your thing?  Saturday your day?  Have we got a September for you!  (And, don’t miss one very special Sunday.)
Fall at the Pond

The Saturdays

September 5 – The Fall-n-Garden Party at the Hermitage

With summer nearly over, this will be our fifth and final “Garden Party” for the year. The focus will be on Fall and Winter preparations: gardening, firewood splitting and stacking, and house painting. With your help, just two hours of work can make a huge difference readying the Hermitage for the Pah Bah weekend and the coming seasons.

Join us for a potluck meal (arrive by 10:30 am), work period (1:00 pm) and/or tea and Dhamma talk with the monks (3:00 pm “ish”).  If you’re coming to the potluck, please let know.  Wear your gardening and painting clothes!

September 12 – 1/2-Day Meditation Retreat (w/Ajahn Sudanto)

Sit, walk, stand (no, it’s not puppy training!).  Deepen your meditation by practicing 1–5 pm at Yoga Samadhi, 177 W Jewett Blvd, White Salmon, WA.  Some Dhamma discussion.

September 19 – 1/2-Day Meditation Retreat (w/Luang Por Pasanno)

Luang Por Pasanno, Abbot of Abhayagiri Monastery, will lead a similar 1/2-day retreat from 1-4 pm at Mt. View Grange, 1085 N. Main Ave., White Salmon, WA.

The Very Special Sunday

September 20 – Pah Bah (Annual Alms Ceremony)

Join in the potluck meal, watch or join in the ceremony, have tea with the monks and/or tour the Pacific Hermitage.  The meal and ceremony are at Mt. View Grange (address above).  Please see the previous post (below) for times and more information.

For more information:

2015 Pah Bah: Fall Almsgiving Retreat & Event

Meal Offering Chant
Meal Offering Chant at the 2013 Pah Bah

Buddhist Ceremony to Support Pacific Hermitage

On September 20, supporters will hold a traditional Thai Buddhist alms-giving ceremony called a Pah Bah (pronounced paw-baw) in support of and gratitude for the Buddha’s teachings as well as the spiritual practice, example and teachings of the monastics at the Pacific Hermitage.  Each year since 2010, supporters have sponsored a Pah Bah to help support the Hermitage and provide for the monks in residence at this small monastery in White Salmon, Washington.

All events will be held at Mt. View Grange, 1085 N. Main Ave., White Salmon, WA 98672.

Everyone is welcome to come to all or just some of the events. There will be a half-day meditation retreat on Saturday, the day before the Pah Bah.  On Sunday, there will be a potluck meal offering, Dhamma talks, chanting, the alms-giving ceremony, tours and tea with the monks.  The events are free.  You are welcome to make a donation, but it is not necessary.

Saturday, September 19

Meditation Retreat (1 – 4 PM) — Walking and sitting meditation, with some Dhamma discussion (questions, answers and discussion of the Buddha’s teachings).  Chairs and some cushions available, but you’re encouraged to bring your own cushion if you have one.

Sunday, September 20

Potluck Meal Offering (arrive by 10:30 AM) — Bring a dish to share with the monks and other supporters.  The meal offering begins at 11:00 AM.

Ceremony, Chanting and Dhamma Talk (1:00 – 3:00 PM) — The Abbot of Abhayagiri Monastery (California), Luang Por Pasanno, and Abbot of the Pacific Hermitage, Ajahn Sudanto, will preside.  Since the Hermitage is part of the Thai Forest Tradition and many of those attending will be Thai, much of the ceremony will be done in both Thai and English.

Tea with Monastics and Hermitage Tours (3:00 – 4:00 PM) — You are welcome to tour the Hermitage or have an informal tea with the monastics after the ceremony and Dhamma Talk.

If you are interested in donating money or material goods, please visit or email:  Donations may also be made at the Pah Bah event.

Joan Benge has offered to coordinate a donations registry. See the following Google Document for more information about donating specific material goods: