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Welcome to Shasta Abbey
Shasta Abbey is a Buddhist monastery in the Serene Reflection Meditation (Soto Zen) Tradition. A monastery of the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives, it was founded by Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett in 1970 as a training place for Buddhist monks, male and female, and a place of practice for lay people. We offer the Dharma to all who wish to come. Please see our Visiting Section.

The monastery, located near the town of Mount Shasta in northern California, offers retreats, ceremonies, teaching and spiritual counseling, as well as the opportunity to train within a monastic schedule. This website offers Dharma Talks, scriptures and religious writings that you will find in the Teachings Section as well as information on the life of the Four-fold Sangha throughout these pages. Please note you may translate this page into other languages by clicking here. We welcome your interest, comments, and feedback.
Dharma Chakra Coming Events

Dharma Chakra Recent Talks

Dharma Chakra Coming Retreats

Festival for Avalokiteshwara
September 25, 2016
10:30am


Rev. Master Jiyu Memorial
October 2, 2016
10:30am


Festival of Bodhidharma
October 9, 2016
10:30am


Transfer of Merit Ceremony
October 16, 2016
10:30am


Meditation Sunday
October 23, 2016
10:30am

Reflections on Healing
Rev. Master Shiko Rom
September 18, 2016
Listen/Download


Dogen, 9/11, and Restraint

Rev. Master Meian Elbert
September 11, 2016
Listen/Download


Buddhist Practice and Training With Preferences

Rev. Master Daishin Yalon
September 4, 2016
Listen/Download


Continuing Practice Retreat
September 30 - October 2, 2016



Silent Meditation Retreat
October 5 - 7, 2016



College Students Retreat
October 14 - 16, 2016
Click here for the College Students Introductory Retreat Poster

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Dharma Chakra News and Announcements

Our 2017 calendar is now available!
Please click here
to see the retreats, festivals, and events planned for the coming year.



The Buddhist Supplies Shop will be open
September 24, and 25.
Please stop by to see our new items and dana offerings.



Please join us from Friday, October 14, 2016 - Sunday, October 16, 2016
for the
College Students Introductory Retreat
This Retreat is an introductory retreat for college students and will offer teachings that address their needs and interests. Other young people not currently attending college are welcome to apply as well. An Introductory Retreat introduces guests new to Shasta Abbey to the Serene Reflection (Soto Zen) prac- tice in a monastic setting. It provides down-to-earth help for taking this practice back into daily life out- side the monastery gates. Introductory Retreats offer meditation instruction, periods of seated meditation, Dharma talks and informal discussions about medita- tion, mindfulness and the basic teachings of Soto Zen. The retreat concludes with an informal tea for retreat guests, monks and our local congregation.

Please click here for the College Students Introductory Retreat Poster


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