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Dharma ChakraFriday through Sunday, May 27 - 29, 2016 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.

Orientation to Shasta Abbey Retreats

Typical Introductory Retreat Schedule

audioReflections on Aspects of Meditation    Rev. Master Daishin Yalon    Listen/Download    10/11/09

audioMore Reflections on Aspects of Meditation  Rev. Master Daishin Yalon Listen/Download   10/25/09


audioEveryday Mind is the Way Reverend Master Daizui MacPhillamy Listen/Download

pdfIntroduction to Serene Reflection Meditation Various articles Read/Download


Dharma ChakraSunday, May 29, 2016 10:30am
Festival of Remembrance on Memorial Day This memorial offers merit to all those killed as a result of war, terrorism, and acts of political violence.

audioFestival of Remembrance on Memorial Day Listen/Downloa

Dharma ChakraTuesday, May 31, 2016 10:30am Renewal of Vows Ceremony


Dharma ChakraSaturday, June 4, 2016 3:30pm Ethics Refuge Gathering
The Ethics Refuge - Rev. Master Jisho, Rev. Vivian, Rev. Amanda, Eloise Larson and Anne Johnson - will meet with the congregation to answer your questions about ethical concerns in Buddhist practice.


Dharma ChakraSaturday, June 4, 2016 7:00pm Vigil for Avalokiteshwara


Dharma ChakraSunday, June 5, 2016 10:30am Festival of Avalokiteshwara Avalokiteshwara, "Regarder of the Cries of the World" is the Bodhisattva of Compassion and mercy dedicated to assuming whatever form is necessary to help living beings on their way to the Other Shore, Nirvana. Appearing sometimes male, sometimes female, in accordance with this vow, Great Compassion is ultimately beyond all opposites. She often holds with one hand a lotus blossom, symbol of training and enlightenment, and pours out from a vase in the other hand the sweet water of Compassion upon a troubled sea of suffering existence. Avalokiteshwara represents our willingness to train ourselves for the benefit of others and to help beings however we can.


Dharma ChakraSunday, June 12, 2016 10:30am Meditation Sunday Please join us as we sit together in the Buddha Hall for a meditation period that begins at 10:30am. A Dharma Talk and tea follow.


Dharma ChakraSunday, June 12 - Sunday, June 19, 2016 10:30am
Stillness, the Koan and Great Compassion Retreat
This retreat will be led by Rev. Master Zensho Roberson, who trains in a small temple in the Idaho panhandle and leads a meditation group in Sandpoint. He writes: “It’s not unusual for a trainee to ask a sincere religious question and then be advised to ‘be still in the place where you ask the question.’ This encourages you to look within, listen to your heart, clarify your own koan, and thereby open to the heart of Avalokiteshwara, the Bodhisattva of Great Compassion. In Dharma talks and discussions, we will look at how the koan can be clarified in light of the daily scriptures and temple iconography in which Great Compassion is shown.” Rev. Zensho will also offer private spiritual counseling upon request. This retreat is open to those who have had experience training within our Order.

On Sunday, June 19, 2016, we will have NO festival ceremony or Dharma Talk as we conclude Reverend Master Zensho's Stillness, the Koan and Great Compassion Retreat.



Dharma ChakraThursday, June 23, 2016 19:00am Alms Round in Mount Shasta
Monks walk the Alms Round once a month. The sight of a monk was one of the Four Sights that moved Shakyamuni Buddha to renounce the world and become a monk. The Alms Round is a ceremony of dana, selfless giving, that is based on the reciprocal respect between monastics and those who live in the world. The Alms Round reminds monks that their practice is not just an individual matter and that they depend on, and are indebted to, others for food and sustenance. The Alms Round provides the community of Mount Shasta with the opportunity to offer alms and support to the monastery. We are most grateful for small or large quantities of food, hot or cold items, sweet or savory. Wrapped food or food in plastic bags is helpful. We are lacto-ovo vegetarians and in keeping with our tradition do not use garlic, horseradish, alcohol or meat.


Dharma ChakraSunday, June 26, 2016 10:30am Transfer of Merit Ceremony


Dharma ChakraThursday, June 30, 2016 10:30am Renewal of Vows

Dharma ChakraSunday, July 3, 2016 10:30am Meditation Sunday Please join us as we sit together in the Buddha Hall for a meditation period that begins at 10:30am. A Dharma Talk and tea follow.


Dharma ChakraMonday, July 4, 2016 10:30am Fourth of July Ceremony


Dharma ChakraThursday, July 7 - Sunday, July 10, 2016 Serene Reflection Meditation Retreat
This intensive four-day silent meditation retreat provides an environment and schedule conducive to deepening one’s serene reflection practice. This retreat offers more sitting meditation as well as Dharma talks and spiritual guidance. Those who have attended an Introductory Retreat are welcome to apply.


Dharma ChakraSunday, July 10, 2016 10:30am Festival of Achalanatha Achalanatha's name means "the immovable One". He personifies the bright willingness to train, even in the midst of great suffering, symbolized by the flames surrounding him. Achalanatha can also represent courage, steadfastness, vigilance, and determination. This Bodhisattva is a "king of light" and is usually enshrined in the left corner behind the main altar in Soto Zen/Serene Reflection Buddha Halls. He usually carries a sword, used to cut ourselves free from the fetters that bind us to the wheel of karma, and a rope or rosary that represents out commitment to train in the Precepts.


Dharma ChakraFriday through Sunday, July 22 - 24, 2016 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.

Orientation to Shasta Abbey Retreats

Typical Introductory Retreat Schedule

audioReflections on Aspects of Meditation    Rev. Master Daishin Yalon    Listen/Download    10/11/09

audioMore Reflections on Aspects of Meditation  Rev. Master Daishin Yalon Listen/Download   10/25/09


audioEveryday Mind is the Way Reverend Master Daizui MacPhillamy Listen/Download

pdfIntroduction to Serene Reflection Meditation Various articles Read/Download



Dharma ChakraThursday, August 4 - Sunday, August 7, 2016 Working Meditation Retreat
This four-day retreat will focus on how to bring Buddhist training into whatever work we are doing and how medita- tion, mindfulness and the Precepts can be in- corporated into every aspect of our daily lives. We can thus find greater depth and understanding of how we create suffering for ourselves and others and how we can transform this suffering. During this retreat, there will be more working meditation along with formal meditation, Dharma talks and discussions.



Dharma ChakraSunday, August 14 – Sunday, August 21, 2016 Meditation: Our Practice and History Retreat
This retreat, led by Rev. Master Astor Douglas, will offer Teachings on our medi- tation practice which we have inherited from great teachers of the past. The focus of the retreat is to enrich our practice of meditation by learning about the teach- ings and examples of some great meditation masters and then meditating on the teachings as a way to learn and grow in our own practice of the Dharma. Rev. Astor will offer Dharma talks, Dharma discussions, and private spiritual counsel- ing upon request. This retreat is open to those who have had experience training within our Order.


Dharma ChakraFriday through Sunday, September 2 - 4, 2016 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.

Orientation to Shasta Abbey Retreats

Typical Introductory Retreat Schedule

audioReflections on Aspects of Meditation    Rev. Master Daishin Yalon    Listen/Download    10/11/09

audioMore Reflections on Aspects of Meditation  Rev. Master Daishin Yalon Listen/Download   10/25/09


audioEveryday Mind is the Way Reverend Master Daizui MacPhillamy Listen/Download

pdfIntroduction to Serene Reflection Meditation Various articles Read/Download