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Ajahn Pasanno – Teaching and Community Benefit

Friday, June 28, 5:30 – 9:00 PM
Saturday, June 29, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

At our New Location: Dharma Rain Zen Center
2514 SE Madison St, Portland

(Thai/ภาษาไทย)


Luang Por Pasanno, Ajahn Sudanto, Ajahn Karunadhammo and Tan Titabho walking Alms round on Hawthorne in 2007. Their route started just a few block from the front doors of Dharma Rain, where PFoD now resides. 

Ajahn Pasanno Abbot of Abhayagiri Monastery and the Pacific Hermitage monastics are coming for a daylong of meditation, teachings and our first ever community benefit. The first half of the day we’ll have an opportunity for taking the Five Precepts, chanting, meditations and a meal offering. The second half will be teachings, expressions of encouragement, photos and information—all centering on helping Portland Friends of the Dhamma flourish. Perhaps, just perhaps, there will even be an Ajahn Chah film.

The aim of this benefit is to solidify, and perhaps advance, the level of financial support for PFoD current activities including

  • Programs – PFoD supports 6 regular programs including meditation, Sutta study, kids/family, daylongs and beginners classes
  • Monastic visits – PFoD hosts several monastic visits each year
  • Support for our Spiritual Director – PFoD currently pays health insurance for Sakula

And also to

  • Explore together the vision and possibility of owning our own building

As was shared with the community last Friday Night, PFoD’s Board is working on a vision of owning our own building. As you may know, an organization’s vision can take many, many years to fulfill and may never be realized. Just the same, we have found ourselves in unique circumstances, practicing together in a well-suited building that is going up for sale, with sympathetic owners and excellent location. It therefore feels irresponsible not to investigate our vision in the here and now. PFoD has esteemed monastic support for this vision; so let’s gather, enjoy such encouragement and together see just where we’re at.

And for those of who are not regular attendees of PFoD or even if you have never before walked through our doors, please don’t hesitate to take advantage of a day with Luang Por Pasanno, join in the meal offering or any part of the days events. This day is open to all, doors wide open.

Please, if you have any questions, or want to offer help for this event in any way, please contact us.

We hope to see you there.

Draft Schedule for the Benefit

Ajahn Pasanno on Alms Round

Please keep in mind this is a draft and is subject to change. If you’ve attended daylongs with PFoD before this is of no surprise, it comes with the territory.

Friday, June 28 at Dharma Rain Zen Center

5:30 – 6:40pm   Casual Tea and Conversation
7:00 – 9:00pm   Meditation, Dhamma talk, Q&A

Saturday, June 29 at Dharma Rain Zen Center

09:00am   Morning Chanting, Precepts, Guided Meditation (Luang Por)
10:15am   Break
10:30am   Silent Meditation – seated and walking
11:30am   Pot Luck Meal Offering (downstairs)

1:00pm    Ajahn Chah Movie (possibly)
1:30pm    Meditation (back upstairs)
1:45pm    Break
2:00pm    Intro and Reflections (Sakula)
2:15pm    Reflections from Luang Por Pasanno and other attending monks
3:30pm    Community Reflections (Facilitated by Alistair as board chair)
4:00pm    Casual time to revisit displays, chat with the monks and each other
4:30pm    Announcements, Closing Reflections by Luang Por, Closing Chant
5:00pm    End of Program

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