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  February 10 – 12
Introductory Retreat

What is Serene Reflection Meditation? And how is it helpful in meeting the demands of daily life? How important is it in the practice of Buddhism? An Introductory Retreat introduces guests new to Shasta Abbey to the Serene Reflection (Soto Zen) practice in a monastic setting. It provides down-to-earth help for taking this practice back into daily life outside the monastery gates. Within the monastic schedule, and in silence as much as possible, Introductory Retreats offer meditation instruction, short periods of seated meditation, Dharma Talks and informal discussions with time for questions. The retreat concludes with an informal tea for retreat guests, monks and our local congregation.
 
       
  March 2 – 4
Introductory Retreat

What is Serene Reflection Meditation? And how is it helpful in meeting the demands of daily life? How important is it in the practice of Buddhism? An Introductory Retreat introduces guests new to Shasta Abbey to the Serene Reflection (Soto Zen) practice in a monastic setting. It provides down-to-earth help for taking this practice back into daily life outside the monastery gates. Within the monastic schedule, and in silence as much as possible, Introductory Retreats offer meditation instruction, short periods of seated meditation, Dharma Talks and informal discussions with time for questions. The retreat concludes with an informal tea for retreat guests, monks and our local congregation.
 
       
 

March 25 – April 1
Keeping of the Ten Precepts Retreat
All things, earth, trees, wooden posts, bricks and stones, become Buddhas once this Refuge is taken. From these Precepts come forth such a wind and fire that all are driven into enlightenment when the flames are fanned by the Buddha's influence. This is the merit of non-action and non-seeking, the awakening to True Wisdom.
              from Great Master Dogen's Shushogi

The annual tradition of Jukai at Shasta Abbey is an opportunity to formally become a Buddhist or to renew one's commitment. Monks and laity participate in five solemn and beautiful ceremonies over the course of a week of meditation and Dharma talks, clarifying what it means to receive and live the Buddhist Precepts. Dharma Talks and articles on the meaning of the Precepts and Becoming a Buddhist are available here.

      Keeping of the Ten Precepts (Jukai)
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  April 13 – 15
Introductory Retreat

What is Serene Reflection Meditation? And how is it helpful in meeting the demands of daily life? How important is it in the practice of Buddhism? An Introductory Retreat introduces guests new to Shasta Abbey to the Serene Reflection (Soto Zen) practice in a monastic setting. It provides down-to-earth help for taking this practice back into daily life outside the monastery gates. Within the monastic schedule, and in silence as much as possible, Introductory Retreats offer meditation instruction, short periods of seated meditation, Dharma Talks and informal discussions with time for questions. The retreat concludes with an informal tea for retreat guests, monks and our local congregation.
  Retreat Photo
       
  May 18 – 20
Wesak Celebratory Retreat
On this glorious Wesak day... we commemorate the birth, life and teaching of Shakyamuni Buddha, celebrating our gratitude with joyful ceremonies and by deepening our practice together. The Wesak festival on Sunday morning is followed by the traditional ringing of the Temple great bell and a picnic for all.

pdf Wesak Retreat Schedule

audioFestival of the Eve of Wesak
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audioFestival of Wesak
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  June 1 – 3
Introductory Retreat

What is Serene Reflection Meditation? And how is it helpful in meeting the demands of daily life? How important is it in the practice of Buddhism? An Introductory Retreat introduces guests new to Shasta Abbey to the Serene Reflection (Soto Zen) practice in a monastic setting. It provides down-to-earth help for taking this practice back into daily life outside the monastery gates. Within the monastic schedule, and in silence as much as possible, Introductory Retreats offer meditation instruction, short periods of seated meditation, Dharma Talks and informal discussions with time for questions. The retreat concludes with an informal tea for retreat guests, monks and our local congregation.
 
       
 

June 17 - 24
The Teachings of Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett Retreat
For this seven-day meditation retreat we will be exploring the teachings of Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett, the first Abbess of Shasta Abbey and the founder of the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives. Her deep faith in the Dharma and her down-to-earth approach to the practice bring the teachings of the Soto Zen tradition alive, and give richness and purpose to the most ordinary daily activities. Her senior disciples teaching this retreat will share their own experiences of training with this extraordinary monk and Zen Master whose wisdom, compassion and humor touched all around her. Dharma talks, evening Dharma discussions and private religious counseling for each participant will be offered during this week. This retreat is open to those with some experience of Buddhist practice.


  Shasta Abbey Dharma Talk
       
  July 10 – 15
Introduction to Serene Reflection Meditation Retreat

What is Serene Reflection Meditation? And how is it helpful in meeting the demands of daily life? How important is it in the practice of Buddhism? An Introductory Retreat introduces guests new to Shasta Abbey to the Serene Reflection (Soto Zen) practice in a monastic setting. It provides down-to-earth help for taking this practice back into daily life outside the monastery gates. Within the monastic schedule, and in silence as much as possible, Introductory Retreats offer meditation instruction, short periods of seated meditation, Dharma Talks and informal discussions with time for questions. The retreat concludes with an informal tea for retreat guests, monks and our local congregation.
 
       
 

July 25 – 29
Meditation Retreat

“Just sitting” — meditation — is one of the pillars of Soto Zen Buddhism. It is a powerful means of transforming the three poisons of greed, anger, and delusion in order to bring compassion, love, and wisdom to our daily lives. This retreat provides formal meditation periods throughout the day, as well as opportunities to ask questions about your meditation posture and practice



 
       
 

August 19 - 26
The Teachings of Great Master Bodhidharma Retreat

This retreat, led by Rev. Master Kinrei Bassis, Prior of the Berkeley Buddhist Priory, will focus on the teachings of the legendary Indian Buddhist monk, Bodhidharma. Bodhidharma came to China in the 6th century and founded the Zen Buddhist tradition. His teaching was very direct and profound and focused on personal practice and direct understanding. Drawing from several translations, particularly Rev. Master Hubert Nearman’s translation of “Bodhidharma’s Discourse on Pure Meditation” and Red Pine’s translation, The Zen Teachings of Bodhidharma, Rev. Master Kinrei will explore how we can apply the Dharma of Bodhidharma to find freedom amidst the difficulties of our lives. Rev. Master Kinrei will also offer evening Dharma discussions and private religious counseling for each participant. This retreat is open to those
with some experience of Buddhist practice.

  Shasta Abbey Surangama
       
 

September 7 –9
Introductory Retreat

What is Serene Reflection Meditation? And how is it helpful in meeting the demands of daily life? How important is it in the practice of Buddhism? An Introductory Retreat introduces guests new to Shasta Abbey to the Serene Reflection (Soto Zen) practice in a monastic setting. It provides down-to-earth help for taking this practice back into daily life outside the monastery gates. Within the monastic schedule, and in silence as much as possible, Introductory Retreats offer meditation instruction, short periods of seated meditation, Dharma Talks and informal discussions with time for questions. The retreat concludes with an informal tea for retreat guests, monks and our local congregation.

 
       
 

October 5 – 6
Introductory Retreat

What is Serene Reflection Meditation? And how is it helpful in meeting the demands of daily life? How important is it in the practice of Buddhism? An Introductory Retreat introduces guests new to Shasta Abbey to the Serene Reflection (Soto Zen) practice in a monastic setting. It provides down-to-earth help for taking this practice back into daily life outside the monastery gates. Within the monastic schedule, and in silence as much as possible, Introductory Retreats offer meditation instruction, short periods of seated meditation, Dharma Talks and informal discussions with time for questions. The retreat concludes with the celebration of the Festival of Bhaisajya-guru, the Medicine Buddha, and an informal tea for retreat guests, monks and our local congregation.

 
       
  October 25 – 28
Feeding of the Hungry Ghosts Retreat

The teaching of the importance of offering merit is at the heart of this retreat. In the Feeding of the Hungry Ghosts Ceremony, we offer the food of the Dharma to those who have died under painful, difficult or despairing circumstances. We will also examine how we can convert our own craving and greed through the practice of the Dharma. On November 1, we celebrate the Festival of the Founder, the Very Reverend Keido Chisan Koho who, as Reverend Master Jiyu’s Transmission Master, is honored as the Founder of Shasta Abbey.
  Retreat Photo
       
 

November 16 – 18
Introductory Retreat

What is Serene Reflection Meditation? And how is it helpful in meeting the demands of daily life? How important is it in the practice of Buddhism? An Introductory Retreat introduces guests new to Shasta Abbey to the Serene Reflection (Soto Zen) practice in a monastic setting. It provides down-to-earth help for taking this practice back into daily life outside the monastery gates. Within the monastic schedule, and in silence as much as possible, Introductory Retreats offer meditation instruction, short periods of seated meditation, Dharma Talks and informal discussions with time for questions. The retreat concludes with an informal tea for retreat guests, monks and our local congregation.

 
       
  December 29, 2012 - January 1, 2013
New Year Celebratory Retrea
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If you have previously attended an Introductory Retreat, we invite you to join us for this retreat of meditation, ceremonies and celebration when we gather together as members of the Buddha’s family to bid farewell to the old year and welcome the new year. During this retreat, we reflect on and offer gratitude to the Buddhas and Ancestors for their teaching and help in the past year and we ask for their continued help in the year to come. After our potluck on New Year’s Eve, we meditate and hold a Vigil for Maitreya, the Buddha Who is to Come, as well as the midnight New Year’s Ceremony, followed by ringing in the New Year with the great bell. The retreat ends on January 1, and you are welcome to stay overnight until January 2.