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.

2019 May News

Garden Party May 4 * PFoD May 17 & 18 * Santikaro at PFoD May 18 * Retreat at Birken Forest Monastery * Monastics Leaving and Arriving

May Events Begin with Garden Party on the 4th

Garden Party @ Hermitage
May 4
11:00 am:  Potluck (optional) — Arrive by 10:30 am if you’re bringing food
1:00-3:00 pm:  Yard work and projects 
3:00-4:00 pm: Tea and refreshments

Monks @ Portland Friends of the Dhamma (PFoD)
May 17 & 18
5:30 pm:  Tea/Questions
7:00-9:00 pm:  Meditation/Dhamma talk
SPECIAL — 9:00-10:30 am: Santikaro*
10:30 am:  Almsround
11:00 am-1:00 pm:  Meal Offering

* Note: Santikaro is a disciple of Ajahn Buddhadasa and was one of Ajahn Sudanto’s first monastic teachers.

Thank You, Ajahn Kassapo!

Photo: Ajahn Kassapo Bhikkhu
Ajahn Kassapo

Our thanks to Ajahn Kassapo for spending the last year at the Hermitage. Although not much of a talker, he taught with his quiet and contemplative ways, as well as his steady and kind demeanor. And, he provided immeasurable help to Ajahn Sudanto in taking care of the Hermitage.

Ajahn Jotipalo, Venerable Khantiko and Venerable Gunaviro at Hermitage

Two familiar monks return along with one monk who hasn’t stayed at the Hermitage before. Ajahn Jotipalo will be here for about one month, and Venerable Khantiko and Gunaviro will stay for a longer period. Welcome back and welcome!

Venerable Khantiko

Ven. Khantiko

Ven. Khantiko was born in 1979 and raised in Nashville, TN. After graduating from the Graduate Theological Union/Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley, CA, he decided to pursue monastic training and arrived at Abhayagiri in December 2012. He went forth as an Anāgārika on May 5, 2013, took Sāmaṇera ordination on May 17, 2014, and took the full Bhikkhu precepts on June 9, 2015.

Venerable Guṇavīro

Ven. Guṇavīro

Ven. Guṇavīro was born in 1982 in the Los Angeles area. In 2002, he began meditating after taking a meditation course in the tradition of Sayagi U Ba Khin as taught by S.N. Goenka. He then continued to practice and serve meditation courses in that tradition. He worked in advocacy, government, and international development before returning to graduate school and receiving a PhD in economics. Toward the end of graduate school, he began seriously considering the monastic life as the most effective way to reduce suffering in the world and in himself. He ordained as an anagārika on May 7th, 2016, went forth as a Sāmaṇera on May 6th, 2017, and took full Bhikkhu precepts on May 13, 2018.

Ajahn Sudanto and Lay Participants Off to Birken Retreat

The annual Birken Forest Monastery retreat for the Pacific Hermitage lay community is May 1-15 this year. A group of 24 will be going. The 2019 retreat theme is Right Effort.

April 6 — First 2019 Garden Party at Hermitage

Join in the fun with new and long-time friends! Help with winter clean up and other projects at the Hermitage.

Garden Party: Come for Any Part or All Activities!

11 AM POTLUCK (arrive by 10:30 AM)
Please tell the meal dana coordinator if you’re coming.

Yardwork, burn piles, projects … along with some friendly chats on the side!

3 – 4 PM TEA & CHAT
Relax and talk with friends and Ajahn Kassapo.

We look forward to seeing you!

Reminder: New Weekly One-Hour Sit Begins April 2

For Experienced Meditators: On Tuesdays, there will now be a one-hour silent sit 5:15 – 6:15 PM just prior to the regular 6:30 PM sit and Dhamma talk. See previous post for details. Please — No arriving late or leaving early.

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.