News & Events
Submitted by Office Steward on Fri, 2017-05-26 10:49
Every year the monastics and lay supporters of Pacific Hermitage based in White Salmon, WA, visit Birken Forest Monastery for a silent retreat. Earlier this month they joined us for 14 days (May 3-17), each evening listening to Dhamma talks by Ajahn Sona with a focus this year on metta, loving kindness.
Below is a link to those Dhamma talks as well as one to talks from the 2016 retreat.
MAY 2016 RETREAT TALKS:
Dhamma Talks from 2016 Pacific Hermitage Retreat at Birken - by Ajahn Sona
Submitted by Office Steward on Wed, 2017-04-19 10:23
After six years of monastery life in Thailand, Venerable Pavaro returns to BC for two events in Vancouver.
Friday, June 9: Evening talk - The Practice of Happiness
Saturday, June 10: Day Retreat - The Practice of Contentment
For locations and more information see the event poster or email David Adam.
Submitted by Office Steward on Sat, 2017-04-01 05:07
Registrations are now open for Day Visits, Dana Meal Offerings, and Personal Retreats starting April 14, as well as most of our scheduled retreats for 2017.
Please see our Book a Visit page for details and to register. Our Guest Guidelines have been revised so please be sure to read them prior to requesting a visit.
We look forward to welcoming you to Birken. May you be well, happy and peaceful.
Submitted by Office Steward on Mon, 2017-01-23 09:38
Ajahn Sona's decision to shift his teaching schedule exclusively to Birken has altered the direction of our Dhamma outreach. In keeping with his commitment to offer more videos on his YouTube Channel, last week we launched the first of dozens of new talks that will be posted to YouTube in the coming years.
Submitted by Office Steward on Sun, 2017-01-01 11:39
Birken is now closed for our Silent Winter Retreat, the annual period from January-March when monastery duties wind down and a more tranquil atmosphere is fostered. It's a time when the monastics, residents, and a few guests turn our attention towards personal practice amidst a landscape of snow and all encompassing silence.
Submitted by Office Steward on Fri, 2016-11-04 07:10
Submitted by Office Steward on Tue, 2016-10-18 10:35
Ajahn Sona was invited to contribute to the online publication The Excellence Reporter, dedicated to the meaning and excellence of life. Here is an excerpt from Ajahn Sona's reply to the age old question, "What is the meaning of life?":
Submitted by Office Steward on Mon, 2016-10-17 14:18
Ajahn Sona has been invited to speak next week at the Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford University in California. The subject of his talk will be "My 40 Years of Buddhism in the West."
DATE: October 25, 2016
TIME: 6:00 - 7:30pm
LOCATION: Levinthal Hall, Stanford Humanities Center
COST: Free of charge
Submitted by Office Steward on Tue, 2016-09-27 09:42
Birken's 2016 Annual General Meeting was held on September 25, 2016 at the monastery. The Minutes of the meeting, Resolutions, along with Financial Statements for our 2015-16 fiscal year, are attached below. Any questions may be addressed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Anumodana for your continued support throughout another great year!
-Birken Forest Monastery ('Sitavana')
Submitted by Office Steward on Tue, 2016-09-13 09:46
Earlier this year we launched our Haritayana ('Green Vehicle') fund to gather donations for the purchase of a new plug-in hybrid SUV for Birken Forest Monastery.
The car we were planning to buy has been delayed until summer 2017 so we made the decision to shift our resources towards the purchase of a new gas-powered Toyota RAV4. It is not the car we were hoping for, but it is twice as efficient in fuel economy as our former van. We plan to use Tiyana, our third vehicle, for the next 4-5 years at which time we hope to purchase an all electric vehicle.
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