Portland Teachings & Upasika Renewal Day

April 20-22, 2018 at PFoD
Ajahn Sudanto & Pacific Hermitage Monks
Image: Pacific Hermitage

Ajahn Sudanto (pictured),  Ajahn Kassapo and Venerable Sampanno will join the Portland Friends of the Dhamma (PFoD) community for the weekend of April 20-22.  Ajahn Sudanto will teach Friday night, Saturday and Sunday.  

Upasika Renewal DayWe are especially blessed to have our first Annual Upasika Renewal Day in Portland!  For all those practicing with the precepts and who are committed to the Ajahn Chah lineage, Saturday is a special opportunity to make a year-long commitment to the Pacific Hermitage and this tradition in community with others, but this is optional and all are welcome to attend.

In fact, EVERYONE IS WELCOME to attend any of these events!  The PFoD location in SE Portland and parking information are available at the PFoD website.

Friday April 20:  Tea, Dhamma and Meditation
  • 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tea and Dhamma discussion
  • 7 p.m. Meditation, Dhamma reflection and questions
Saturday, April 21:  Upasika Renewal Daylong 

Topic: Readings from Stillness Flowing, Ajahn Jayasaro’s new biography of Ajahn Chah, and reflections. Stillness Flowing is available as a pdf online from Abhayagiri.

  • 9 a.m. Upasikas gather downstairs to prepare offering trays
  • 9:30 a.m. Chanting, Taking Precepts, Meditation
  • 11 a.m. Meal preparation
  • 11:30 a.m. Meal offering, potluck and clean-up
  • 1 p.m. Dhamma teachings and discussion with live link-up to Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery for part of the afternoon.
  • 4:30 Closing
Sunday, April 22:  Sunday Sila and Potluck Meal Offering
  • 10 a.m. Meditation and Dhamma Reflections
  • 11:30 a.m. Meal offering from kids group and potluck
  • 1 p.m. Clean-up and closing

All teachings are free of charge. Donations are gratefully accepted.

Questions, RSVPs and requests to volunteer can be sent through the contact page at www.pdxdhamma.org

April News and Events

The monastic winter retreat ends March 31 and regular monthly events resume.  First up is a community Garden Party.

Garden Party and Awesome Potluck
Join us April 7th!  

A yummy potluck, and some time for chatting and working with new or long-time friends. 

Regular Events Resume in April

All are welcome.  Events are free and no experience is needed.  

APRIL 7— Garden Party at Hermitage, 10:30 am – 4:00 pm.

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!

  • 10:30 am:   Potluck meal (Please tell meal dana coordinator if you’re participating)
  • 1 – 3 pm:   Yard work and other chores
  • 3 – 4 pm:   Tea and chat (until 4 pm)

APRIL 14 — 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.

APRIL 20 & 21 — Portland Friends of the Dhamma  (PFoD).  Pacific Hermitage monks visit Friday evening and Saturday morning.  For more information, visit PFoD website.

TUESDAY NIGHTS — Meditation with the monks, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, at Yoga Samadhi, White Salmon, WA.  Meditation followed by dhamma talk and Q & A.  Cushions & chairs available.

Comings and Goings

Our thanks to Ajahn Jotipalo and Venerable Sudhiro for their time at the Hermitage this winter.  Venerable Sudhiro will return to Abhayagiri Monastery April 3, then continue on to Thailand.  Ajahn Jotipalo will leave April 11 for Minnesota, then visit several monasteries in Canada and New Hampshire.  He’ll return to Abhayagiri in May, then “go to Indiana and beyond” (his words!).  May you both be well.

Welcome to Ajahn Kassapo and Venerable Sampanno, who will arrive at the Hermitage the evening of April 11.  This will be the second time Ajahn Kassapo has resided at the Hermitage and the first stay for Venerable Sampanno.  You can read more about them on the Abhayagiri website.

Special Visitors and Events in 2018

Ajahn Sucitto will visit the Hermitage July 3 – 6, including Tuesday night (July 3) at Yoga Samadhi, White Salmon.  He’ll be at Portland Friends of the Dhamma the evening of July 6, and will offer a daylong there on July 7 (more information on PFoD calendar and website).

Registration is still open for the Bhante Rahula Retreat*, July 4 – 8, near White Salmon, WA.  For more information, please see our previous post.

Other Dates to Remember:

  • May 2 – 16                Birken Retreat  Hermitage groups (REGISTRATION CLOSED)
  • July 28                       Vassa (Monastic Summer Retreat) begins
  • Sep. 15 & 16             Pah Bah Weekend*:  Half-Day Retreat and Ceremony

*Arrange your lodging as soon as possible.

Please check the Pacific Hermitage website often to keep current with any additions, cancellations or changes.  To learn about or offer alms food or a meal to the monks, please visit our Support page or contact dana@pacifichermitage.org.


UPDATED: Article Chronicles Thailand Trip to Honor Ajahn Chah

UPDATE:  In case NW Dharma News is unable to make these corrections in Ruby’s article, please note the following:   Ajahn Chah’s original monastery is Wat Nong Pah Pong (not, Wat Na Pah Pong, which is another monastery in Thailand).  Corrected spellings:  Mun River (not Moon) and Ajahn Sao (not Soa).  

Check out Ruby Grad’s article in NW Dharma News about traveling to Thailand with several of our community members to honor Ajahn Chah and celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth.  Enjoy descriptions and photos of their travels.

Visiting Wat Nong Pah Pong, Ajahn Chah’s Original Monastery

Left to right: Ruby Grad, Carole Melkonian, Krissy Martin, Joan Benge, Matthew Grad, Scott Benge, Luang Por Liem (barely visible in the back) and Ajahn Sudanto.  Luang Por Liem was a direct disciple of Luang Por Chah and is the Abbot of Wat Nong Pah Pong.

Registration Open for Bhante Rahula Retreat: July 4 – 8, 2018

Integrating Body & Mind:  Four-Day Meditation Retreat

Join Bhante Rahula for a meditation retreat focusing on mindfulness, vipassana, yoga and breathing.   (More on Bhante Rahula here.)  Enjoy four days at a lovely retreat center a few miles north of White Salmon, Washington.  Space is limited, so register early!

Dates:  July 4 at 3:00 pm – July 8 at 1:00 pm  (Wed. – Sun.)
Please arrive on the first day between 1:00 and 2:45 pm.

Location:  Atlan Forest Camp
37 Nestor Peak Road, White Salmon, Washington (off Highway 141).  More information about Atlan here.

Lodging Options

  • Onsite (Atlan) Camping — $10 per night per person.  These are primitive camp sites with two composting toilets, a handwashing sink, and two outdoor showers with on-demand hot water.  Retreatants bring their own tent and bedding.  Carts are available to bring in your personal items.
  • Offsite Lodging — White Salmon, Husum and Hood River are all relatively nearby.  Please reserve your lodging early, since this is peak season in the Columbia River Gorge.
  • The retreat will end each day at 8 p.m. to allow people to drive to lodging or prepare for camping in daylight.

Atlan is not an ADA accessible facility, so is not suitable for people with mobility or disability issues.  Retreatants will need to walk several minutes from the parking area to the meditation hall, with some rough ground and stairs along the way.  There is no parking next to the meditation hall/forest yurt.

Atlan is small, peaceful, rustic facility, and space is limited to 30 participants.  Early registration is recommended to secure a spot.

The retreat fee of $110 includes the cost of the facility, a simple breakfast buffet (hard-boiled eggs, fruit, multi-grain bread, coffee and tea), a mid-day vegetarian meal (including gluten-free and dairy-free options) catered by Saltrose Kitchen, and early evening tea time treats (chocolate, cheese, ginger).  Since this is a monastic retreat, no meal is provided after mid-day.*

Retreat Fee:  $110

  • $40 non-refundable deposit at time of registration
  • $70 balance (cash or check) upon arrival at retreat
  • Checks to be made to Sanghata (the Pacific Hermitage Board of Stewards)

Atlan Camping Fee:  $40

  • If you are camping at Atlan, this fee is due upon arrival.

*NOTE: The Atlan kitchen is not available during the retreat for individual cooking use or storing food.  Additional dietary restrictions beyond gluten-free and dairy free cannot be accommodated. Sample menus available upon request (use email address below for requests or questions).  Retreatants may bring their own non-perishable food and snacks to supplement meals.

Retreatants are asked to arrive on time, participate in the full retreat and to keep the Five Precepts during the retreat:  refraining from harming living things, taking what is not given, sexual misconduct, lying or gossip, taking intoxicating substances e.g. drugs or alcohol.

Helping Out
Retreatants may be asked to help with chores such as set up, clean up, tidying or sweeping. Please note on the registration form if you are able to assist the retreat coordinators with simple tasks during the retreat.

Dana for Bhante Rahula
Bhante Rahula’s dhamma teachings are freely offered.  The retreat fee covers only the use of the facility and meals.  Each retreatant has the opportunity to offer “dana” to Bhante Rahula at the end of the retreat.  Typically, this is in the form of a check made out to Sanghata or cash in an envelope that is offered to the teacher at the end of the retreat.

To register, please print and fill out the registration form, and mail the completed form with a check for $40.00 made out to Sanghata (non-refundable deposit).  Details and mailing instructions are on the registration form.  Once your registration and deposit have been received and processed, you will receive an email with additional details, directions, etc.  Partial registrations are not available for this retreat.

Please email Mimi Maduro.