2019 March & April News

Photo of monks walking alms through the snow in White Salmon
A snowy alms along Jewett Creek en route to White Salmon. February 2019.

*New Tuesday Night Meditation Option * Regular Monthly Events Return (including April 6 Garden Party) * A Look Ahead at 2019 * Monastic Comings and Goings

New: One Hour of Silent Meditation Offered Before Regular Tuesday Night Program

Starting April 2, the monks will offer a weekly one-hour silent meditation period for experienced meditators. It will be held 5:15 – 6:15 PM, just prior to the regular Tuesday night community meditation and Dhamma talk at Yoga Samadhi, White Salmon, WA.

This earlier, hour-long sit will be completely silent (no instruction). Participants are expected to be seated and ready to meditate by 5:15 PM and to stay until 6:15 PM. If you arrive late or have to leave early, please come another time.

The regular Tuesday night community meditation, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM, remains open to all levels of meditation experience. During this time period the monks give brief instructions before meditation, offer reflections on the Buddha’s teachings and usually have time to answer questions.

5:15 – 6:15 PM Silent Meditation for experienced meditators
6:30 – 8:00 PM Regular Meditation and Dhamma Talk for all levels

Offered free, at Yoga Samadhi, White Salmon, WA. Cushions and chairs available.

April Events

Starting in April, monthly Garden Parties (community work parties) and PFoD visits return. The former monthly half-days of meditation will not be returning.

Garden Party @ Hermitage
April 6
11:00 am:  Potluck (optional) — Arrive by 10:30 am if you’re bringing food
1:00-3:00 pm:  Yard work and projects
3:00 pm: Tea and refreshments

Monks @ Portland Friends of the Dhamma (PFoD)
April 19, 20 & 21
Fri. 5:30 pm:  Tea/Questions
Fri. 7:00-9:00 pm:  Meditation/Dhamma talk
Sat. 10:30 am:  Almsround
Sat. 11:00 am:  Meal Offering
Sun. 10:00-11:30 am: Sunday Sila

Note: Upasika Renewal is also on Sunday, April 21 at PFoD, 12:30-4:30 pm, after Sunday Sila. See PFoD for more information.

2019 Special Events

  • Pacific Hermitage Retreat at Birken: May 1 – 16
  • Willa Thaniya Reid & Elizabeth Day
    • Daylong in Underwood, WA: Jul. 21
    • Meditation at Yoga Samadhi, White Salmon, WA: Jul. 23
  • Pacific Hermitage Pah Bah (White Salmon): Sep. 21 – 22 (Luang Por Pasanno, Ajahn Jayanto, Ajahn Caganando, Ajahn Karunadhammo and other Abhayagiri monks)

Monastic Comings and Goings

Ajahn Sudanto will be away Mar. 20 – Apr. 11 and May 1 – 16 for the Birken Retreat. Ajahn Kassapo and Venerable Kovilo will be returning to Abyahagiri in late March and late April. Replacing them from Abhayagiri will be Venerable Khantiko and Venerable Gunaviro. Ajahn Jotipalo will arrive late April to visit for several weeks.

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.

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 sanghata.net or email: pahbah@sanghata.net.  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: https://goo.gl/D0qdKx