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:

Welcoming Suhajjo Bhikkhu

Image: Ven. Suhajjo Bhikkhu
Ven. Suhajjo Bhikkhu

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.

You can read his short bio from 

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


The Shady Garden Party


The Lotus Pond at the Hermitage
The Lotus Pond at the Hermitage

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:
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.