July 2016 Events

Buddha in the Hermitage GardenAjahns Sudanto and Karunadhammo return June 28, (Ajahn Karunadhammo will be at Yoga Samadhi that night).  A more regular schedule returns in July!

  • Garden Party / Work Day       July 2
  • Half-Day Retreat                        July 9
  • PFoD Tea / Dhamma Talk      July 15
  • PFoD Alms Round / Meal       July 16
  • Vassa Begins                                July 20

NOTE:  Registration for the annual Abhayagiri Thanksgiving Retreat begins July 1.  See our previous post or visit the Abhayagiri website after July 1 for more information.

Garden Party July 2!

Please join the monks and others July 2 for a party (work party, that is) at the Hermitage.  There haven’t been as many “garden parties” as usual this summer, so your help will be extra appreciated.  Come for all or just part of the party at the Hermitage:

  • 11:00 am        Meal offering (contact Meal Dana Coordinator) (arrive by 10:30 am)
  • 1 – 3 pm          Party in the garden (help with yard work and other tasks)
  • 3:00 pm          Tea in the garden (the real party)

Half-Day Retreat July 9

All are welcome to come to a half-day retreat with the monks, July 9, from 1-5 pm at Yoga Samadhi in White Salmon. Carve out a little time for a peaceful afternoon of sitting and walking meditation, as well as some Dhamma reflections by Ajahn Sudanto and/or Ajahn Karunadhammo.   It’s free and open to all.

 PFoD Tea, Meditation, Dhamma Talk and Meal July 15 & 16

  • July 15, 5:30 pm Tea, 7-9 pm Meditation and Dhamma talk
  • July 16, 10:30 am Alms Round and Meal Offering

Join the monks when they visit Portland Friends of the Dhamma.  Informal tea-time Friday night at 5:30 pm downstairs, followed by meditation and teachings beginning at 7:00 pm in the meditation hall upstairs.  Saturday Alms Round at 10:30 am, followed by an 11:00 am Meal Offering.

Vassa Begins July 20

The “Vassa Retreat” (July 20 – October 16) was established by the Buddha as a more intensive period of practice for monastics.  It corresponds with the monsoon season in South and Southeast Asia, and is also known as the Rains Retreat.

Looking Ahead

The August calendar is looking pretty “normal,” with all regular events expected to be held as planned.  The monks will be away, off and on, so please check the calendar before planning any visits or meal offerings (and remember to contact our meal dana coordinator if you would like to offer a meal or alms food).

The Pah Bah Samakkee will be held September 17 & 18.  (In Thailand, Samakkee means unity or harmony.  In this instance, it signifies that several people are sponsoring this annual alms-giving event.)   If you are planning to stay overnight, it would be good to look for lodging right now!  Look for more information about the Pah Bah Samakkee soon.

Abhayagiri Thanksgiving Retreat: Register July 1-31

The annual 10-day Thanksgiving retreat with Luang Por Pasanno and several Abhayagiri monastics will be held November 18 – 27, 2016, in Santa Rosa, California.  This retreat has been a tradition for a number of years and offers a unique retreat opportunity alongside monastics.

New this yearAjahn Sudanto will attend and ride to and from the retreat with participants from the Pacific Northwest.

Registration will be open July 1 – July 31.  Because it’s a popular retreat, and more people will register than can attend, participants will be chosen via a lottery at the end of the registration period.   Registration is open only to those who have previously sat at least one five-day retreat.

To register or find out more information, please check the Abhayagiri website after July 1.

June 2016 Comings, Goings and Events

Path to Kuti OneJune will be a bit quieter than May, but will still see its share of comings and goings:
  • May 31-June 6 — Ajahns Sudanto and Caganando at Abhayagiri Monastery.
  • June 8 — Ajahn Caganando returns to Temple Forest Monastery.
  • June 15-28 — Ajahn Sudanto traveling to visit family and friends.
  • June 28 — Ajahn Karunadhammo returns (he left May 23rd).
Update on Regular Events:
  • Garden Party/Community Work Day
    • June 4 — CANCELLED (monks at Abhayagiri 20th Anniversary Celebration)
    • July 2 — Next Garden Party
  • Tuesday Night Meditation (6:30 – 8:00 pm, Yoga Samadhi, White Salmon)
    • May 29  — Ajahn Amaro (this Sunday event replaces May 31 meditation)
    • May 31 — CANCELLED
    • June 21 — Local community member host (while monks away)
    • June 28 — Ajahn Karunadhammo will lead meditation
  • Portland Friends of the Dhamma (3rd Friday & Saturday events at PFoD, Portland)
    • June 17 & 18 — CANCELLED (no monks at Hermitage)
  • Half-Day Retreat  (1:00-5:00 pm, Yoga Samadhi)
    • June 11 — It’s on!
Special Events/Notes:
  • May 31-June 6 — Abhayagiri 20th Anniversary  (no monks at Hermitage)
  • June 15-28 — Ajahn Sudanto traveling to visit family and friends (no monks at Hermitage)
Look Ahead to July:
  • No cancellations planned!
  • Join us July 2 for a Garden Party/Community Work Day.
  • Check the calendar for other regular events.

Bhante Rahula Retreat Well Attended

Note: scroll down for information on Ajahn Amaro’s visit to the Hermitage, May 27 – 30.

2016 Rahula Retreat Group PhotoOver 40 people attended a weekend retreat lead by Venerable Bhante Rahula, May 20-22, in White Salmon at Mountain View Grange.  This is the first local multiple-day retreat that the Pacific Hermitage has helped sponsor.

Piriya and Nee Pinit invited Bhante Rahula here to lead the retreat.  The Pinits have followed Bhante’s teachings for many years:   “Bhante has been our teacher for more than twenty years and we knew how exceptional he is. We were glad that we could share his teaching with the community of people who have sincere interest in the Dhamma.” (Arvoranee Pinit)

Many thanks to the Pinits for bringing Bhante to the Pacific Northwest!  And, thank you to the Pinits and Joan and Scott Benge for organizing the event.  For more information, or books and talks by about Bhante Rahula, please check out his blog.


Ajahn Amaro Begins Visit This Week!

Amaro-e1412619701637Ajahn  Amaro is a well known senior monk in the Ajahn Chah tradition.  He helped establish Abhayagiri Monastery in 1996 and is now Abbot of Amaravati Monastery in England.

We’re so fortunate to have him visit Portland and the Hermitage!  Events are scheduled May 27 and 29.  His visit here ends on May 31, when he will travel with Ajahns Sudanto and Caganando to Abhayagiri’s 20th anniversary celebration.*

Ajahn Amaro’s Portland / White Salmon Schedule:

  • May 26 — Arrives in Portland (evening)
  • May 27 — Portland Friends of the Dhamma (5:30 pm tea time, then meditation and dhamma talk).  He’ll come to the Hermitage after this event.
  • May 29 — Yoga Samadhi in White Salmon (6:30 – 8:30 pm meditation and dhamma talk)  Note:  May 31 Tuesday night community meditation has been cancelled.
  • May 28 & 29 — Meal Offerings — If you’d like to help offer a meal for the monks on the Saturday or Sunday of Ajahn Amaro’s visit, please schedule your meal with the meal dana coordinator. Mealtime is the typical time to visit with the monastics.
  • May 31 — Leaves early for Abhayagiri Monastery*

* More information at Abhayagiri’s website or Celebrate Abhayagiri’s 20th Anniversary!


May 2016 Birken Talks and Photos

2016 PH Birken Retreat GroupMany thanks to Ajahn Sona and the Birken Forest Monastery community for hosting this year’s Pacific Hermitage Retreat.  This is a regular event each year.

The links below contain recordings of the talks given at the retreat and some photos of the retreat and journey to and from the retreat:

Regularly, in May of each year and at various other times, the Hermitage monks offer opportunities for the lay community to experience several-day retreats.   In November, Ajahn Sudanto will lead a group down to Abhayagiri (in California) for a Thanksgiving Retreat.  Just so there’s no confusion, there are a couple of events at Abhayagiri this year:

Registration for the Thanksgiving retreat will open in July 2016 and pre-registration for the May 2017 Birken Retreat will open October 2016.  For updates, please check this website or sign up for our email list (see very bottom of this home page).

Wow, What a May!

Ajahn Caganando May 2-June 8
Ajahn Caganando

There are many updates and changes to the regular May calendar, including changes to regular events, visits by Ajahn Caganando, Bhante Rahula and Ajahn Amaro, and several special events.

Please check the updates, below, for the events and visits that interest you.  Click on the links included for more information.  Also check the Hermitage Calendar regularly.

Update on Regular Events:
  • Garden Parties
    • April 30 — ADDED (2nd April Garden Party)
    • May 7 — CANCELLED
  • Tuesday Night Meditation (6:30 – 8:00 pm, Yoga Samadhi, White Salmon)
    • May 10 — Local community member host, while monks are away at Birken
    • May 17 — Bhante Rahula
    • May 31 — CANCELLED (replaced by Ajahn Amaro, Sunday, May 29th)
  • Portland Friends of the Dhamma (3rd Friday and Saturday events at PFoD, Portland)
    • May 20 & 21 — Cancelled
    • May 27 — Ajahn Amaro at PFoD, 5:30 – 9:00 pm (no Saturday events)
  • Half-Day Retreat
    • May 14 — (1:00-5:00 pm, Yoga Samadhi)
Special Visitors!
  • May 2-June 8 — Ajahn Caganando
  • May 13-24 — Bhante Rahula (see teaching, retreat and visit schedule below)
  • May 26-31 — Ajahn Amaro (see teaching and visit schedule below)
Special Retreats and Events:
  • May 4-13 — Birken Retreat with Hermitage group (monks away from Hermitage)
  • May 20-22 — Bhante Rahula Retreat (White Salmon, Washington)
  • May 31-June 5 — Abhayagiri 20th Anniversary  (monks away from Hermitage)
Information on Special Visitors and Teaching Schedules
Ajahn Caganando — May 2 – June 8

Ajahn Caganando May 2-June 8

Our dear friend, Ajahn Caganando, is returning for a visit!

Ajahn was one of the original three monks who helped establish the Pacific Hermitage in 2010, and he lived here for five years.  Ajahn Caga now resides at Temple Forest Monastery in New Hampshire, helping that monastery get established.  Welcome back, Ajahn Caganando!


Bhante Rahula — May 13 – 24


Bhante Rahula, is a senior Theravada monk who conducts retreats around the world.  He often incorporates yoga into his teachings to help enhance mindfulness training.

His detailed teaching schedule while in Portland and White Salmon follows below Ajahn Amaro’s photo and information.


Ajahn Amaro — May 26 – 31

Ajahn Amaro visits in late May

Ajahn  Amaro is a senior monk in the Ajahn Chah tradition.  He helped establish Abhayagiri Monastery in 1996 and is now Abbot of Amaravati Monastery in England.  We’re fortunate to have him visiting the Hermitage, May 26-31.  He’ll then travel with Ajahns Sudanto and Caganando to Abhayagiri’s 20th Anniversary Celebration.  (See the post “Celebrate Abhayagiri’s 20th Anniversary!” if you’re interested in traveling down to Abhayagiri with a Pacific Hermitage group.)  Ajahn’s detailed teaching schedule follows.

Detailed Schedules for Bhante Rahula and Ajahn Amaro

Bhante Rahula and Ajahn Amaro will be visiting Portland and leading several events in White Salmon.  For more detailed information, click here:   Continue reading Wow, What a May!

April 30 Garden Party

There’s a second Garden Party (community work day) this month.  It will replace the one scheduled for May 7.

P1060266The Oregon Grape and many other plants (and weeds) are springing to life at the Hermitage!  Since the monks will be away the next couple of “first Saturdays,” and the yard can’t really wait two months, there will be an additional April Garden Party, Saturday, April 30th.

Please join us for the meal, work party and/or the tea time.  It’s a fun way to get to know the monks and other good people!

Here’s the schedule:

  • Meal — Please arrive by 10:30 am if you’re bringing food for the meal.  The meal will be offered by 11:00 am.
  • Work Party — Beginning at 1:00 pm we’ll help with yard work and other tasks.
  • Tea Party — At 3:00 pm we’ll break for tea and a chat with the monks.

You are welcome to come to just part or all of the Party.  If you’re bringing food for the meal offering, please let the Debie know (dana@pacifichermitage.org).  If you’d like to help coordinate a Garden Party while the monks are away, please find out more by emailing the Hermitage.

Thanks for any help you can offer!


Celebrate Abhayagiri’s 20th Anniversary!


Join a local group traveling to California to attend the celebration!

This year marks the 20th Anniversary of Abhayagiri Monastery, the first US monastery established by followers of Ajahn Chah and the parent monastery of the Pacific Hermitage.

If you’d like to join a local group that is traveling down to help celebrate this event, a “caravan” will be leaving May 31st and returning June 6th. The actual ceremony is Saturday, June 4th. Additionally, there will be an ordination of two monks on Sunday, June 5th.  Abhayagiri is located in Redwood Valley in the mountainous forests of Mendocino County, California.

Scott and Joan Benge have offered to drive Ajahn Amaro (who will be visiting the Hermitage in late May), Ajahn Sudanto and Ajahn Caganando to the event. If you’re interested in joining this group, please contact Scott. It’s a great opportunity to talk with and spend some less formal time with the monastics.

The plan is for the group to leave White Salmon quite early on May 31st and travel south down the east side of the Cascades. The group will either bring food or stop at restaurants along the way, or both.

Accommodations at Abhayagiri are very limited, so those wanting to stay at the monastery will probably need to tent camp. Other folks may want to check out lodging in Ukiah or through vacation rentals in the areas.

If you need to set your own timeframe, you’re welcome to travel individually to celebrate Abhayagiri’s 20th!

For more information, please contact Scott Benge, at scott@benge.com or 503-781-3588. For more information about the celebration, visit abhayagiri.org.


April Events

11-2-2015 RainbowRainbows!

April brings lots of rainbows, garden color (and yard work!) and the end of monastic Winter Retreat.

Starting April 2, the Hermitage is jumping directly from three months of relative silence into a busy month of activities, including yard clean up, half-day retreats and regular weekends at Portland Friends of the Dhamma.  Join in!

April 2 — Return of the Garden Party!   Join others for a day of food, yard work, tea and talk.  It’s fun! The Hermitage is located at 65 Barnedt Rd, White Salmon, WA 98672.  Here’s the schedule (you can come for all or just part of the day):

  • 10:30 am — Put finishing touches on your food offering.*
  • 11:00 am — Mealtime!
  • 1:00 pm — Party in the garden (aka, help with yard clean up and other tasks).
  • 3:00 pm — Teatime and chat with the monks.

April 8-10 — Ajahn Sona at Portland Friends of the Dhamma.  For more information, please check the PFoD website.

April 9 — Half-Day Retreat with Pacific Hermitage Monks.  Join the monks at Yoga Samadhi in White Salmon from 1 – 5 pm, for sitting and walking meditation, and brief dhamma reflections.

April 15 & 16 — PFoD Visit by Hermitage Monks.  Please check our Calendar page for the schedule.

Event Information — For more information on events throughout the year, please see check the Calendar page, and scroll down below the calendar.

*Please let the meal dana coordinator know if you’re offering food at the Garden Party.