2018 October News and Events

Woodchuckers Ball * Regular Events * Our Family of Monasteries * Comings & Goings

Time Again for the Woodchuckers Ball:  October 6 & 7

A name like that requires an explanation!

It’s a two-day garden party (last of the year) to cut, split and stack wood for heating the house.

No ballroom dancing involved!   (Ajahn just likes to play around with names for these things.)

Come for one or both days, any or all activities:
10:30 am   Potluck meal*
–   1:00 pm   Woodchucking and yard work
–   3:00 pm   Tea/chat until 4 pm

*Please tell the meal dana coordinator if you’re bringing food.

Other October Events

OCTOBER 13:  Half Day of Meditation with the Monks, White Salmon, 1-5 pm, at  Yoga Samadhi.  Walking and sitting meditation.  Brief dhamma talk.  Cushions & chairs available.

OCTOBER 19 & 20 — Monks at Portland Friends of the Dhamma (PFoD) Friday evening and Saturday through mid-day.  Check the PFoD website for specifics.

OCTOBER 21 — Monks at Hillsboro Meditation Hall.  More information here.

TUESDAY NIGHT SITS — Community Meditation, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, at Yoga SamadhiWhite Salmon, WA.  Cushions & chairs available.

A Family of Monasteries, A Tradition of Mutual Support

With the Abhayagiri Kathina coming up and our Pah Bah just over, it’s a great time to shine a spotlight on a lovely aspect of this tradition — how monastics from the Ajahn Chah monasteries support and interact with one another.

Whether it’s senior monastics attending our Pah Bah, hundreds gathering to honor Luang Por Chah, or monks and nuns helping Abhayagiri celebrate the opening of their new hall, monastics from around the world travel to honor and support one another’s monasteries.

Each Ajahn Chah monastery is its own entity, a place for monastic practice and a base of support for lay community practice.  Each one exists only if there is enough local support to sustain it.  At the same time, each monastery is part of a larger whole — a family of monasteries.  Ajahn Chah monasteries intentionally cultivate, nurture and support relationships among their monastics.

This is evident in how Ajahn Sudanto warmly refers to his fellow monks as “brothers.”  The time he spends with them enriches and supports his practice and his role at the Hermitage.

The family aspect is obvious when you see how many monastics from around the world meet and gather to honor one another’s ceremonies, to share information, or to work through administrative discussions.   You’ll also see monks training at several different monasteries, further connecting them with more than one Sangha.  Once in a while, one monastery may even offer monetary support to another.

As Scott Benge, President of Sanghata, says, “It’s kind of sweet, really, the way the monasteries of this tradition help one another.”  And, as a lay community, we are fortunate beneficiaries — we’ve received Dhamma reflections from even the most senior monks and nuns of this tradition.

In 2010, probably before most of us even knew about the Hermitage, beloved monks from around the world celebrated the brand new Pacific Hermitage.  They are shown below paying their respects to Luang Por Sumedho at the first Hermitage location, on Tunnel Road, in the hills above White Salmon.

Comings and Goings

  • Venerable Suddhiko returns to Abhayagiri October 24.
  • Ajahn Sudanto and Ajahn Kassapo also leave October 24 to attend the Abhayagiri Kathina.  They return after the meal on November 2.
  • Ajahn Sudanto leaves November 14 for the Abhayagiri Thanksgiving Retreat, and will travel from there to Birken Forest Monastery for the first part of his Winter Retreat.  He’ll return to the Hermitage after the meal on January 30.
  • Ajahn Kassapo will remain at the Hermitage through the Winter Retreat.  He’ll be joined by Venerable Kovilo (from Abhayagiri) in late November.

Reminder: Pah Bah is Sept. 15 & 16!

Join the monks and lay community for a Saturday meditation retreat, or the Pah Bah on Sunday, or both!

Everyone is welcome — old friends and new.

  • Location:  Mtn. View Grange, 1085 N Main Avenue, White Salmon, WA
  • September 15Meditation Retreat (with the monks), 1:00 – 5:00 pm
  • September 16:  Pah Bah — meal offering / potluck, children’s program, chanting, ceremony of offering robe cloth and needed material goods, Dhamma talk.
  • More details and schedule:  See previous article
  • Email:  pahbah@sanghata.net


September News and Events

September brings the annual Pah Bah weekend and visitors from Abhayagiri Monastery.  Help is still needed with forest and firewood work.

Pah Bah Weekend:  September 15 & 16

Join us in White Salmon!  Saturday is a half-day meditation retreat.  Sunday is the actual Pah Bah — an enjoyable, family-oriented event focused on offering support to the Pacific Hermitage.  See our previous post for more detail.  Ajahn Karunadhammo, Ajahn Sek and four others from Abhayagiri will join the Pacific Hermitage monks.

Help Still Needed in the Forest

The monks could use some help over the next couple of weeks, gathering wood for the winter and pulling together brush into burn piles.  Please consider coming to the Sept. 1 Garden Party (details below) or email the Hermitage to arrange another time.   Your help will be much appreciated!

Regular Events

  • SEPTEMBER 1 — Garden Party at the Hermitage. Time:  10:30 am – 4:00 pm.  You can come for any or all of the activities.  It’s a great way to see the Hermitage, help out in the yard, get to know some folks and have some fun!
    • 10:30 am:   Potluck meal (Tell the meal dana coordinator if you’re coming.)
    • 1 – 3 pm:   Yard work and other chores
    • 3 – 4 pm:   Tea and chat (until 4 pm)
  • SEPTEMBER 8Half-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.
  • SEPTEMBER 14 — Monks at Portland Friends of the Dhamma (PFoD) The monks will visit Friday evening only.  They will be in White Salmon on Saturday, leading the Pah Bah weekend half-day meditation retreat.
  • TUESDAY NIGHT SITS — Community Meditation, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, at Yoga SamadhiWhite Salmon, WA.  Cushions & chairs available.

Travel & Winter Plans

  • Venerable Suddhiko will depart October 24.
  • The monks will attend the October 28 Kathina at Abhayagiri Monastery.  Exact dates aren’t yet scheduled, but they plan to visit for several days.
  • Ajahn Sudanto will spend the first part of Winter Retreat at Birken Monastery, staying there from December through January.
  • Ajahn Kassapo plans to stay at the Hermitage through Winter Retreat.
  • Venerable Kovilo (from Abhayagiri) will join Ajahn Kassapo December 1.

2018 Pah Bah Weekend: September 15 & 16

Join us Saturday, September 15 for a half-day meditation retreat and Sunday, September 16 for the Pah Bah potluck, celebration and kids program.  Ajahn Karunadhammo, Ajahn Sek and several other monks from Abhayagiri Monastery will join Ajahn Sudanto for the weekend.  This is a free, family oriented event.  All are welcome!

Location:  Mtn. View Grange, 1085 N Main Avenue, White Salmon, WA.
Information:  Schedule and map below
Email:  pahbah@sanghata.net

Pah Bahs are initiated by members of the lay community to offer support to a monastery.   Sanghata, the board of stewards for the Hermitage, helps organize the event.  Everyone is welcome.   It’s free.   Donations are welcome, but not required.  Come for any or all of the activities.   Click here to see a three-minute slide show of a past Pah Bah!

Your Generosity Will Help Build an Abbot’s Kuti — Donations received for this year’s Pah Bah will help the Hermitage build a dedicated Abbot’s kuti (meditation hut).  The new kuti will be in a more secluded location and will incorporate a year-around walking path that is protected from inclement weather.  Any donations beyond what is needed for the abbot’s kuti will be held in reserve for future projects.

Schedule for the Weekend

1:00-5:00 PM:  Meditation Retreat
Upstairs at Grange (door on Main Ave)

Join Ajahn Sudanto, Ajahn Karunadhammo and Ajahn Sek for sitting and walking meditation, and Dhamma reflections.  Chairs will be available, but please bring your own cushions if you want to sit on the floor.

8:30-9:15 AM:   Alms Round
Jewett Blvd & Main Ave, White Salmon

If you’d like to offer food to the monks while they are on alms round, they will be downtown on E. Jewett Blvd. at about 8:30 AM, then will walk north on N. Main Ave., arriving at the Grange about 9:15 AM.  All food will put on the meal offering table.

10:30 AM:   Meal Offering/Potluck
Downstairs at Grange (door on Estes Ave)

Please arrive no later than 10:30 AM, if you’re bringing a dish, and please bring  your food ready to serve, in your own serving bowl/plate, with your own serving utensil.  The meal will be offered to the monks at about 11:00 AM.  Please plan to take home any leftovers.

1:00-3:00 PM:   PAH BAH CEREMONY  Upstairs at Grange (door on Main Ave) 

Children’s program, offering of robe cloth and material goods, some chanting, and reflections offered by senior monks.  No meditation.  Other languages may be spoken, but English will be the predominant language.  You are free to come and go as you please.  Chairs will be available.  Please bring your own cushion if you want to sit on the floor.

A Pah Bah is a traditional Thai ceremony, originally to offer cloth for monks’ robes.  In modern times, it has also become a gathering of friends (old and new!) for a potluck meal and offering needed material goods and monetary donations.

Volunteers appreciated  — Help would be appreciated for setting up and taking down chairs, tables, tents, etc. at these times:  Sat. 9:00 AM – noon, Sun. 9:00 – 10:30 AM, and Sun. 3:30 – 5:00 PM.  Contact pahbah@sanghata.net if you’d like to help or have additional questions.

Offering Support

Support comes in many shapes and sizes — offering alms food or meals, material goods, transportation, gardening skills, etc.  Visit the Pacific Hermitage Support  page for more information.  See below and visit Sanghata for information on offering monetary support.

Financial offerings are welcome and necessary — The Hermitage is funded entirely by donations.  Since Thai Forest Traditions monks are not allowed to receive or handle money, donations and all financial matters are entrusted to a lay board of stewards.  For the Pacific Hermitage, that board is Sanghata.  They help you support the monks so the monks can focus on practice, study and offering teachings.

For information about Sanghata, Hermitage finances, or different methods of offering donations, please visit the Sanghata website, send an  email, or stop by the dana (donation) table at the Pah Bah.  Regular monthly offerings, small or large, are especially helpful for Hermitage planning and budgeting.

Dana list (needed items) — To offer material goods, check out the dana list, or email us for information.   Please do not offer the items listed as “Not needed.” There is little storage space at the Hermitage, so excess quantities are given away.  Gift cards are a helpful alternative.  Hermitage stewards use them to buy items when they are needed.  Amazon, Home Depot or Ace Hardware cards are most useful.

Map:  Grange and Extra Parking

Click on the map below for a clearer picture.

  • Grange:  1085 N Main Ave, White Salmon, WA 98672
    –  Downstairs entrance (for meal offering) is from Estes Ave.
    –  Upstairs entrance (for retreat and Pah Bah) from Main Ave.
  • Extra Parking at ICE:  If there’s no parking at the Grange, you can park at ICE, 1265 N Main Ave, White Salmon, WA 98672.  This company is located a couple of blocks north of the Grange.  Please:  NO SMOKING anywhere on their property.

Grange Map