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Dharma ChakraThursday, July 31, 2014 10:30 am Renewal of Vows

Dharma ChakraFriday through Sunday, August 1 - 3, 2014 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.

pdfIntroduction to Serene Reflection Meditation Various articles Read/Download


Dharma ChakraSunday, August 3, 2014 10:30 am Reverend Master Jiyu-Kennett Stupa Ceremony


Dharma ChakraSaturday, August 9, 2014 7:00 pm Vigil for the Festival of Kshtigarbha


Dharma ChakraSunday, August 10, 2014 10:30 am Festival of Kshtigarbha This gentle Bodhisattva appears in the form of a kindly priest holding a monastic traveling staff and the wish-fulfilling gem or pearl. He is looked upon as helping all those in the six worlds who are in dire, difficult or vulnerable circumstances, and as such has come to be regarded in Japan as the special protector of children, expectant mothers, animals, travelers, and prisoners. In Chinese Buddhism, Kstigarbha is revered for taking an unending vow to stand still at the gates to the hells, offering peace and teaching to all those who suffer the natural karmic consequences of ignorance and evil. He, along with Avalokiteshwara, is one of the Bodhisattvas often portrayed as coming to greet the faithful at the time of death. His name means "Earth Store" or "Earth Treasury".

audioKshtigarbha And Fear Rev. Master Meian Elbert Listen/Download

audioFestival of Kshtigarbha Bodhisattva Listen/Download


Dharma ChakraThursday, August 14, 2014 10:30 am Renewal of Vows


Dharma ChakraSunday, August 17, 2014 10:30 am Meditation Sunday


Dharma ChakraTuesday, August 19 through Sunday, August 24, 2014 Exploring Monastic Life Retreat

"The source of the mind is completely calm and the sea of the Dharma is fathomless."

We warmly invite any of you who are considering the possibility of becoming a monk within our Order to join us for this
5-day retreat. There will be Dharma talks and discussions that will include some key elements in our monastic life: leaving the world and what that means, celibacy, the master- disciple relationship, and living on alms, as well as the opportunity
to join more fully in the life of the community. Within our Order, both men and women ordain as monks and train together equally. Attending this retreat is not in any way a commitment to the monastic life, rather an exploration to see if this is what you might like to do. If you would like to learn more about becom- ing a monk at Shasta Abbey, you can look on our website under “About” and then “Becoming a monk.” If you have any questions about this retreat, please contact the Guestmaster.

audioBeing Willing To Not Know Rev. Master Serena Seidner Listen/Download

audioWhat Is A Buddhist Contemplative? Rev. Vivian Gruenenfelder Listen/Download

audioWithin The Temple Of Our Own Hearts Rev. Master Daishin Yalon Listen/Download


Dharma ChakraSunday, August 24, 2014 10:30 am Transfer of Merit Ceremony

audioMerit is Just a Word Until You Give It Away Rev. Master Oswin Hollenbeck Listen/Download

audioReflections Transfer of Merit and the Journey Home Rev. Master Kodo KayListen/Download


Dharma ChakraThursday, August 28, 2014 10:00 am Alms Round in Mount Shasta
For 2,500 years since the time of the Buddha, Buddhist monks have walked the Alms Round. This practice is said to create a field of merit for all sentient beings, an opportunity to show the true qualities of the heart. Freely giving from a generous heart loosens the grip of selfishness. Both donor and recipient are enriched by this practice.We are very grateful to be able to carry on this tradition in Mount Shasta. We are indebted to the officials and the community of Mount Shasta for allowing us to practice the ancient way of the Buddha. We walk, with no expectations. 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.


Dharma ChakraFriday, August 29, 2014 10:30 am Renewal of Vows


Dharma ChakraSunday, August 31, 2014 10:30 am Meditation Sunday



Dharma ChakraSunday, September 14 , 2014 10:30 am Festival of Great Master Dogen This festival memorial honors Great Master Eihei Dogen, the Japanese monk who brought the Serene Reflection teacgings from China to Japan in the 13th century. He is considered the principal founder of Soto Zen in Japan and is highly respected by all Japanese Buddhist traditions. Dogen's life was characterized by a great resolve to seek for the Truth and uncompromising purity in his practice of the Buddhist Way.

audioIn Loving Memory of Great Master Dogen Rev. Master Ando Mueller Listen/Download

audioFestival of Great Master Dogen Listen/Download

Dharma ChakraSunday, September 21, 2014 10:30 am Festival of Avalokiteshwara Bodhisattva 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.

audioThe Stream of Compassion Rev. Master Meian Elbert Listen/Download

audioA Subtler Compassion Rev. Master Daishin Yalon Listen/Download

Dharma ChakraSunday, September 28, 2014 10:30 am Festival of Bhaisajya-guru Bhaisajya=guru is the Buddha of Healing, who offers compassionate teaching and blessing to all. His Medicine of the Dharma, found through meditation and training, cures the three poisons of greed, hate, and delusion. He is usually associated with the deep-blue colored gem lapis lazuli shot through with flecks of gold, symbolizing the tiny points of Light within the darkness of illness and suffering.

audioFestival of Bhaisajya-guru Tathagata Listen/Download