Friday through Sunday, February 12 - 14, 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
Reflections on Aspects of Meditation Rev. Master Daishin Yalon Listen/Download 10/11/09
More Reflections on Aspects of Meditation Rev. Master Daishin Yalon Listen/Download 10/25/09
Everyday Mind is the Way Reverend Master Daizui MacPhillamy Listen/Download
Introduction to Serene Reflection Meditation Various articles Read/Download
Sunday, February 14, 2016 10:30am Festival of Avalokiteshwara Bodhisattva Avalokiteshwara, "Regarder of the Cries of the World", is the Bodhisattva of Compassion and Mercy. She is dedicated to assuming whatever form is necessary to help living beings on their way to the Other Shore, Nirvana. Appearing sometimes female, sometimes male, 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.
Opening Up To Compassion Rev. Master Meian Elbert Listen/Download
A Subtler Compassion Rev. Master Daishin Yalon Listen/Download
Wednesday, February 17, through Thursday, February 18, 2016 Great Renewal of Vows
Saturday, February 20, 2016 10:30am Funeral for Rev. Master Hubert Nearman
Sunday, February 21, 2016 10:30am Festival of The Buddha's Parinirvana This most solemn ceremony of the Buddhist year celebrates the historial Buddha Shakyamuni's entry into eternal meditation - Parinirvana. The ceremony dramatically illustrates the seeming darkness that engulfs us at the death of a great teacher (or our own death), the assurance of the Teaching's "return" to the world, and the underlying certainty that the True Light, the Unborn, Buddha Nature, can never die. During the ceremony the celebrant's assistants move with incense through the community and the congregation, collecting up wishes and hopes for the return of the Light of the Dharma, both externally in the world and internally in our own hearts.
The Teaching of the Parinirvana Ceremony Rev. Master Ando Mueller Listen/Download
Reflections on the Scripture of the Buddha's Last Teachings Rev. Master Jisho Perry Listen/Download
Within All Darkness There Is Light Rev. Master Kodo Kay Listen/Download
Friday, February 26 through Sunday, February 28, 2016 Continuing Practice Retreat
Buddhist Precepts - Guides for Everyday Life Retreat The Precepts are an integral part of our Buddhist practice and are guidelines for how to live our lives in tune with our True Nature. Dharma talks and discus- sions will focus on how to understand more deeply what the Precepts are, and how, together with meditation and mindfulness, they show us the way to the cessation of suffering. We will also explore how to put them into practice in our daily lives and what it means to formally take the Precepts at Jukai.
A History of the Precepts Reverend Master Daizui MacPhillamy Listen/Download
On the Precepts Reverend Master Daizui MacPhillamy Listen/Download
Sunday, February 28, 2016 10:30am Festival of Samantabhadra Bodhisattva Samantabhadra is the personification of Great Love, particularly as it is expressed through the activity of one who has taken the Bodhisattva Vow. Her name means "Full of Virtue", "Universal Love", or "Universal Goodness". Samantabhadra rides a white elephant with six tusks: the white elephant is the symbol of purity in the East and the six tusks represent the six paramita practices which a Bodhisattva cultivates on her or his way to the Other Shore, Buddhahood.
Samantabhadra Rev. Master Chosei Swann Listen/Download
A Turn of the Head is the Other Shore Rev. Master Kodo Kay Listen/Download
Samantabhadra Pervades All Things Rev. Master Meian Elbert Listen/Download