2019 Pah Bah Weekend: Sept. 21 & 22

A lay community gathering to support the Pacific Hermitage.

Honored Guests

We’re honored to have Luang Por Pasanno back with us this year for the Pah Bah. Abbot Ajahn Jayanto and Ajahn Caganando from Temple Forest Monastery will also be joining us, along with Abhayagiri’s Co-Abbot Ajahn Karunadhammo, Ajahn Sek, and several more monastics from Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery.

Location: Mtn. View Grange, 1085 N Main Avenue, White Salmon, WA
Saturday, September 21: Meditation retreat with the monks (half-day)
Sunday, September 22: Almsround, meal offering, Pah Bah ceremony
More information: pahbah@sanghata.net

Everyone is welcome.   Come for any or all activities.  It’s free. Donations are welcome, but not required.  

Schedule for the Weekend

SATURDAY: Meditation Retreat

1:00-5:00 PM:  Meditation Retreat
Upstairs at Grange (door on Main Ave)
Monks will lead sitting and walking meditation and offer Dhamma reflections.  Chairs will be available, but please bring your own cushions if you want to sit on the floor.

SUNDAY: Family-Friendly Food, Friends and Pah Bah Ceremony!

8:30-9:15 AM:   Alms Round
Jewett Blvd & Main Ave, White Salmon
The monks will walk almsround starting on E. Jewett Blvd. at about 8:30 AM, then north on N. Main Ave., arriving at the Grange about 9:15 AM.  All alms food will be 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 food. 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) 

The Pah Bah ceremony includes the offering of robe cloth and material goods as well as monastic chanting and Dhamma reflections by senior monks.  No meditation.  Other languages may be spoken, but English will be the predominant language.  This is a family-oriented event and 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.  Pah Bahs are initiated by members of the lay community, and Sanghata, the board of stewards for the Hermitage, helps organize the event.  Children are welcome.

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 for the Pacific Hermitage

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.

Pacific Hermitage Mailing List

Are you on our mailing list? Is your information current?

Please use the form on our website pages to sign up for event notices, informational emails and postal mailings.  If your contact information has changed, you’ll need to fill in the form again.

2019 August News

Aug. 3 Hermitage (Garden Work) Party * Aug. 16 & 17 Portland Friends of the Dhamma

August 3: Garden (Work) Party at Hermitage

There’s plenty to do to prepare for the September Pah Bah! With 12 monks staying at the Hermitage, help is needed to clear tent sites and pathways, preparing brush piles, keep the flower beds weeded and generally keep the grounds beautiful.

Come join others in the community for a potluck meal, a couple hours helping out, and/or tea afterwards with the monks.

Potluck Meal — Arrive at 10:30 am (please tell dana coordinator if you’re participating)
Work Party — About 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Tea, Chat, Relax — Until 4:00 pm

August 16 & 17: Monks Visit PFoD

On Friday evening and Saturday morning, the monks will make their regular visit to Portland Friends of the Dhamma. See their website for more information.

Every Tuesday Night: Meditation in White Salmon, WA

The monks lead meditation every Tuesday night at Yoga Samadhi in White Salmon, Washington. Cushions and chairs are available. No charge.

5:15 – 6:15 PM: Experienced meditators. One hour of silent meditation. Be ready to meditate promptly at 5:15 pm. No late arrivals or early departures.
6:30 – 8:00 PM: All levels welcome. Shorter meditation with instruction, Dhamma talk, and time for questions.

Sign-Up for Pacific Hermitage Event Notices

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Use the form on our website pages to sign up for our emails and postal mailings.  If you’re updating your information, you’ll need to fill in the form again.

2019 July News

July 6 Garden (Work) Party * July 19 & 20 in Portland * July 21 in Hillsboro * July 21 & 23 Willa Thaniya & Elizabeth in Gorge * Save September 21 & 22 for PAH BAH!

Regular Events

July 6th Garden (Work) Party at Hermitage

Friends, food and generosity — is there any better combination than that? Meet new friends or visit with old (er, long-time) friends at the Hermitage. Enjoy a potluck meal. Help the monks keep the yard and forest in good shape. Relax afterwards for refreshments with the monks. Come for any part or all day. Here’s the schedule:

Potluck Meal — Arrive at 10:30 am.
Work Party — About 1:00 – 3:00 pm.
Relax and Chat — Until about 4:00 pm, when the monks return to their monastic duties and practice.

Questions? Email: hermitage@abhayagiri.org

Monks Visit PFoD July 19 & 20

On Friday evening and Saturday morning, the monks will make their regular visit to Portland Friends of the Dhamma. See their website for more information.

Monks Visit Hillsboro Meditation Hall July 21

Join the monks at the Hillsboro Meditation Hall on Sunday, July 21 for a morning of Dhamma and a meal offering. More information here.

Weekly Tuesday Night Meditation in White Salmon, WA

The monks lead meditation every Tuesday night at Yoga Samadhi in White Salmon, Washington. Cushions and chairs are available.

5:15 – 6:15 PM: Experienced meditators. One hour of silent meditation. Be ready to meditate promptly at 5:15 pm. No late arrivals or early departures.
6:30 – 8:00 PM: All levels welcome. Shorter meditation with instruction, Dhamma talk, and time for questions.

Special Events

Willa Thaniya Reid & Elizabeth Day in the Gorge, July 21 & 23

July 21 Daylong Retreat, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
The Heart’s Release — Cultivating the Spiritual Faculties
Underwood Community Center, 951 School House Road, Underwood, WA 98651
Email Carole for more information the retreat and what you should bring.

July 23 Meditation and Talk, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Yoga Samadhi, White Salmon, WA

These events are free and open to the public. No registration needed. All are welcome – those new to meditation as well as those more experienced. Willa and Elizabeth both trained in the Ajahn Chah forest tradition in monasteries in England. Willa was the senior nun at Cittaviveka. They are now based in New Zealand.

Luang Por offering candles and incense

2019 PAH BAH September 21 & 22

Pah Bah weekend is a joyful and family oriented celebration of generosity, Dhamma and the Pacific Hermitage. Join us for one or both days in White Salmon, WA! It’s the biggest event for the Hermitage each year, with many visiting senior monks as special guests and a fun program for kids (Sunday only). More details in August.

  • Saturday, Sept. 21:  Meditation retreat (half day)
  • Sunday, Sept. 22:  Pah Bah ceremony

Reserve lodging now!
If you plan to stay overnight for the Pah Bah, please reserve your lodging now. September is a busy month in the Columbia River Gorge, and lodging can be scarce. We look forward to seeing you!

For information or to volunteer, email: pahbah@sanghata.net.

Pacific Hermitage List Sign-Up for Event Notices

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2019 June News

June 1 Garden(ing) Party * Friday Only Visit to PFoD * Willa & Elizabeth in July * 2019 Birken Retreat * Special Article in Columbian Newspaper

June 1 Garden/Yardwork Party Needs You!

The monks could use a little help — actually, a lot of help — with weeding, lopping, dragging and stacking. The weeds are tenacious, the trees and bushes have greened up and grown into paths and the driveway, and there are still downed branches and wood in the forest that need to be piled up or stacked.

Come join fellow community members at the Hermitage. Enjoy a potluck meal, work in the yard or forest a bit, then relax for a chat with the monks and your new (or “old”) friends. You can come for any part or all of the party.

11:00 am:  Potluck — arrive by 10:30 am if you’re bringing food
1:00-3:00 pm:  Yard work and projects 
3:00-4:00 pm: Tea and refreshments

Monks at Portland Friends of the Dhamma (PFoD) Friday Only

Friday, June 14
5:30 pm:  Tea/Questions
7:00-9:00 pm:  Meditation/Dhamma talk

Saturday Visit Canceled — The monks will be in White Salmon on Saturday, June 15, since PFoD will be hosting Ayya Santacitta on both Saturday and Sunday.

Willa Thaniya Reid and Elizabeth Day In Columbia River Gorge in July

Join Willa and Elizabeth on July 21 for a daylong retreat in Underwood Washington, or on July 23 at the regular Tuesday Night Sit at Yoga Samadhi in White Salmon, Washington. Both events are free and open to the public. No registration needed. All are welcome – those new to meditation as well as those more experienced.

July 21 Daylong: The Heart’s Release — Cultivating the Spiritual Faculties
9 AM – 4 PM
Underwood Community Center, 951 School House Road, Underwood, WA 98651
Email Carole (after June 1) for more information.

July 23: Meditation and Talk @ Yoga Samadhi, White Salmon, WA
6:30 – 8:00 PM

Willa and Elizabeth both trained in the Ajahn Chah forest tradition in monasteries in England. Willa was the senior nun at Cittaviveka. They are now based in New Zealand.

Back From Birken 2019

Twenty-four members of the Pacific Hermitage lay community joined Ajahn Sudanto in May for the annual retreat at Birken Forest Monastery. Ajahn Sona, Abbot of Birken, lead the retreat, offering two weeks of Dhamma reflections on Right Effort.

The recorded talks will be published serially on Ajahn Sona’s YouTube Channel, and podcast over the next several weeks

Columbian Newspaper Features Hermitage

Photo: Alisha Jucevic/The Columbian

An early May issue of the Columbian Newspaper (Vancouver, WA) featured a great story about the Hermitage. Click here to read “The Monks of White Salmon.”

2019 Pah Bah Weekend September 21 & 22!

Be sure to save the dates for the 2019 Pah Bah. Half-day retreat on Saturday; Pah Bah potluck and ceremony on Sunday. Reserve lodging now.