The Vassa Arrival and Departure

On June 23, Luang Por Pasanno, Ajahn Karunadhammo and Anagarika Ty arrive to spend the next four months living at the Hermitage for the traditional “Rains Retreat” (aka Vassa period, July 25 – October 21).

Luang Por Pasanno spent 14 years as the abbot of Wat Pah Nanachat in Thailand (the International Forest Monastery of the Ajahn Chah Tradition) and 20 years as the abbot of Abhayagiri Monastery in California. He has now retired from his abbot duties and is the Guiding Elder at Abhayagiri Monastery. This will be the first time he has spent the summer at the Pacific Hermitage and we are so very happy to have him stay for this extended period of time.

Ajahn Karunadhammo has also retired from his recent co-abbot duties at Abhayagiri and is finishing a year long retreat this year before arriving at the Hermitage with Luang Por Pasanno. Ajahn Karunadhammo has stayed for several long term visits at the Hermitage over the years.

Also arriving is Anagarika Ty. Originally from Santa Rosa, California, Ty took the Anagarika precepts at Abhayagiri on October 9, 2020.

On June 25, Venerable Jino and Venerable Dhammavaro will return to Abhayagiri. Their steadfast presence on almsround and new monk energy will be missed.

Ajahn Cunda will have stayed at the Hermitage for just over 8 months when he departs for Abhayagiri on July 4, having watched over the monastery affairs and teaching duties while Ajahn Sudanto has been on sabbatical.

Teaching and Event Dates

Every Tuesday, beginning June 29 until the end of the summer, Luang Por Pasanno (and occasionally Ajahn Karunadhammo) will be hosting the in-person meditation and Dhamma Talk sessions held at Yoga Samadhi in White Salmon. An hour long meditation will begin at 5:15 pm. The remaining period of guided meditation, Dhamma Reflection and Q&A from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm will also be livestreamed on the Pacific Hermitage YouTube Channel.

Every Friday, beginning July 2 until the end of the summer, Luang Por Pasanno (and occasionally Ajahn Karunadhammo) will be offering a livestreamed Dhamma Reflection and Q&A from 7:00 am -7:45 am on the Pacific Hermitage YouTube Channel.

On the third Sundays of July (18), August (15) and October (17), Luang Por Pasanno will participate in Sunday Sila at the Portland Friends of the Dhamma Center in Portland. This will begin at 10:00 am.

The annual Half Day of Meditation and Pah Bah weekend will fall on September 18-19 and will be hosted at the Underwood Community Center in Underwood, Washington, about a 10 minute drive from the Hermitage. Details to follow as the event dates get closer.