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2019 Sanghata Focus: Long-Range Planning

Monks discussing planning

From the beginning, the Hermitage was intended to be both a monastic retreat and a source of support for lay practice. Now, with the early years of establishing the Hermitage behind us, the focus for Sanghata has changed to long-range planning and more fully realizing that original intention. We are working to shift monastic efforts away from start-up and administrative tasks and to ensure they have the kind of solitude and support necessary for monastic practice and retreat.

Ensuring a Secluded Setting

The Hermitage is surrounded by forest, but also by land that could see development. Because this could impact the Hermitage, Sanghata is searching for ways and opportunities to protect the quiet and secluded nature of the property.

New Abbot’s Kuti Will Offer More Quiet for Ajahn

We plan to complete the abbot’s kuti next summer. This will give Ajahn Sudanto some seclusion from daily Hermitage activities and allow him to take extended retreats at the Hermitage.

Down the Road, a Senior Monk Retreat House

In the future, we plan to build additional lodging for monastic retreats at the Hermitage.

The Year in Review

  • Water System Upgraded – A major water system project was completed. It increases storage and water pressure, and will serve future buildings. An automated irrigation system will reduce watering duties for the monks.
  • Hour-Long Sit Added to Tuesday Nights – Experienced meditators can now join the monks for an hour of silent meditation on Tuesday nights, just before the regular sit.
  • Birken Retreat is Largest Yet – Twenty-four meditators were able to attend the Pacific Hermitage’s retreat at Birken Forest Monastery this year.
  • Visiting Monks – Ajahn Jotipalo, Ajahn Kassapo, and Venerables Kovilo, Khantiko and Gunaviro all resided at the Hermitage during the year. Ajahn Seksan will stay for the winter.
  • Ajahn’s Travels – This Spring Ajahn Sudanto and Ajahn Caganando traveled to Japan, invited by a former White Salmon resident who currently lives there. In early September, Ajahn Sudanto attended the Annual North American Abbots Gathering at Arrow River Monastery in Canada.
Pacific Hermitage building

2019 Pah Bah: Your Generosity Makes the Hermitage Possible

Around 75 people attended the Saturday meditation retreat and 115 attended the Sunday Pah Bah. Thank you for your generous support! The Hermitage will greatly benefit from the over $35,000 donated. Thank you to the many people who offered their time, material goods, yummy food or skills to make the Pah Bah possible. Our sponsors this year were Charles Jasper and Nhan & Jan Luong. Thirteen monks attended the Pah Bah – our largest monastic gathering to date – including monks from Temple Forest Monastery and Abhayagiri Monastery.

Pacific Hermitage monks at the 2019 Pah Bah

Deep Gratitude to Scott & Joan for Ten Pah Bahs!

Scott and Joan Benge organizers of the Pacific Hermitage Pah Bah

This was the 10th year that Scott and Joan Benge coordinated our Pah Bah. They’ve “written the book” on how to do this annual event!
We are so grateful to them for this contribution to the welfare of the Hermitage and for their unassuming way of managing this important annual event. Now it’s time for someone else to do it.

We’ve found some very capable hands to take over for Pah Bah 2020 – Chevy Pham.
If you have attended a Birken retreat lately, you know how well she coordinates events. Contact Chevy at pahbah@sanghata.net if you’d like to volunteer for the 2020 Pah Bah.

2020 Pah Bah: September 19 & 20, in White Salmon, WA
Reserve your lodging now!

2019 PAH BAH WEEKEND: SEPT. 21 & 22

closeup of a statue of a buddha

A lay community gathering to offer support to the Pacific Hermitage.

Everyone is welcome. Come for any or all activities. It’s free. Donations are welcome, but not required. Here’s a three-minute slideshow of the 2012 Pah Bah.

Honored Guests

We’re honored to have Luang Por Pasanno back with us this year, along with Ajahn Jayanto, Ajahn Karunadhammo, Ajahn Caganando, and monks from Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery.

Location

Mtn. View Grange, 1085 N Main Avenue, White Salmon, WA

Schedule for the Weekend

SATURDAY: Meditation Retreat

1:00-5:00 PM: Meditation Retreat – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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

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 Pacific Hermitage