Luang Por Pasanno and Abhayagiri monks to visit for Special Events in June

Special Events in June

We are thrilled to welcome Luang Por Pasanno, Guiding Elder at Abhayagiri Monastery, along with Ajahn Karunadhammo, Ajahn Ṭhitapañño, Ajahn Kai (who recently arrived from Thailand), and Debbie Stamp for a visit to Portland and White Salmon this month.  They will arrive on June 21st and will remain in Portland through the meal on June 24th.   They will then go to the Pacific Hermitage until they return to Abhayagiri the morning of Wednesday June 26th.

Luang Por Pasanno and the group, along with Ajahn Sudanto and Tan Dhammavaro, are to be special guests at the events at Portland Friends of the Dhamma (PFoD) on June 22nd and 23rd.

  • Saturday, June 22:  The “Counting our Blessings” event in support of PFoD will take place from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM.  This auspicious occasion will honor Sakula’s transition from Spiritual Director at PFoD to Guiding Elder, and welcome Jessica Swanson to the role of Spiritual Director and lay minister.
  • Sunday June 23:  This extended Sunday Sila will run from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. The schedule has time for meditation, Dhamma reflection, a potluck meal, and Q&A. 

While in White Salmon, the Abhayagiri monks will join us at Yoga Samadhi on Tuesday evening the 25th, and Luang Por Pasanno will offer the Dhamma reflection.

We are looking forward to these events, and hope you can join us.

Garden Party This Saturday and Other Spring Updates

Garden Party: Saturday June 1

Our second Garden Party of the season is this Saturday, June 1. These days are a wonderful opportunity to connect with the Sangha, and chat with other members of the Pacific Hermitage community. You can join for any part of the day, schedule is shown below.

Meal Offering: 11:00 AM. Feel free to bring a dish for the potluck style meal offering (please arrive by 10:30 if you’re bringing food).

Garden Work: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM. Please also feel free to bring any extra garden tools for the day, and dress in your ‘garden clothes.’

Tea: 3:00 pm – 4:00 PM.

Comings & Goings

After a few weeks of being away, Ajahn Sudanto and Tan Dhammavaro have returned to the Hermitage. Tan Cittapalo has returned to Abhayagiri for a short period before he spends the vassa at Temple Forest Monastery. The community has been so grateful for their kind presence!

Tan Jotimanto will arrive at the Hermitage for the June 22nd event at Portland Friends of the Dhamma, and will remain through the vassa. We look forward to welcoming him.

A New Book for Tuesday Nights at Yoga Samadhi

The discussion at Yoga Samadhi last week was focused on the Right Effort path factor, which Ajahn Sona’s new book, What Comes Before Mindfulness, notes is a “sadly neglected factor.” Beginning mid-June, Ajahn Sudanto will lead the Tuesday evening Dhamma discussions at Yoga Samadhi using this book. The time for the community meditation remains 6:30 – 7:30pm.

The 2024 Pacific Hermitage Retreats at Birken

The tradition of the Pacific Hermitage monks and lay supporters journeying to retreat at Birken Forest Monastery continued this year. Ajahn Sona’s theme this year was The Big Picture, watch for the videos to be posted on his YouTube channel in the coming weeks.


Ajahn Jayasaro to Visit the Pacific Hermitage

Ajahn Jayasaro in visiting the Pacific Hermitage in 2011

We are very happy to share that the venerated Tan Ajahn Jayasaro will be visiting the Pacific Hermitage from April 30th through May 2nd.  There are a few opportunities for the community to visit him and the Pacific Hermitage Sangha.  Ajahn Jayasaro will:

  • Teach at Yoga Samadhi the evening of Tuesday, April 30. As usual, the program is segmented into a silent meditation from 5:15 – 6:15 PM, and then after a 15-minute break there is meditation and Dhamma reflection from 6:30 – 7:30 PM.
  • Do alms round with the Hermitage monks on Wednesday and Thursday mornings, May 1st and 2nd
  • Be available at the hermitage May 1st and 2nd after the meal for Dhamma questions and discussion (from about noon to 1:30).

Tan Ajahn Jayasaro took Bhikkhu ordination in 1980 with Ajahn Chah as his preceptor, and is the author of the Ajahn Chah biography Stillness Flowing.  We are quite joyful for this chance to share Dhamma and pay our respects.

Garden Party Season Begins April 6th

Krissy helping with the weeding

Spring is right around the corner, and as is our tradition, April begins the season of Garden Parties at the Hermitage. This is a wonderful chance to offer generosity by tending the yard and the forest while connecting with members of the Hermitage community. In April, we’ll be doing a range of post-winter cleanup tasks, no special skills needed.

Here are the dates for the season (all Saturdays), so mark your calendar for:

  • April 6
  • June 1
  • July 6
  • August 3
  • September 7
  • October 5

(No May garden party due to the Birken retreat.)

You can always join for any part or all of the day’s schedule, and no signup is required. If you can’t make these events and would like to help at another time, please contact Ajahn Sudanto for details.

The Schedule

Meal Offering: 11:00 AM. Feel free to bring a dish for the potluck style meal offering (please arrive by 10:30 if you’re bringing food).

Garden Work: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM. Please also feel free to bring any extra garden tools for the day, and dress in your ‘garden clothes.’

Tea: 3:00 pm – 4:00 PM.

Garden Parties are a wonderful opportunity to connect with the Sangha, and chat with other members of the Pacific Hermitage community.

Happy Spring!

Save the Date: Pah Bah Weekend is September 14th & 15th

More details to follow in the spring.

Hermitage Birken Retreat

Birken Meditation Hall

This May, Pacific Hermitage Retreat at Birken Forest Monastery

This treasured tradition – the Pacific Hermitage meditation retreat at Birken Forest Monastery – will return in 2024. Applicants can apply for a one week session, which are scheduled for May 4-11th and May 18-25th. The Theme is Keeping the Big Picture in Mind, and as always, Ajahn Sona will offer reflections each night on the theme.

Members of the community interested in attending can request to participate by filling out this application – requesting either one or both of the two sessions. Please register by March 18th 2024, and those accepted will be notified by March 25. Also:

  • Details about coordinating carpools will be shared after this time.
  • With the recent renovations at Birken, each participant will have a single room.

If you have any questions, please email Ajahn Sudanto at hermitage@abhayagiri.org, and put “2024 Birken Retreat” in the subject line.

Birken Monastery is a beautiful setting quite conducive to deeper meditation, investigation and reflection. What a joy that this tradition returns!