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Dharma ChakraThursday through Sunday, October 30 - November 2, 2014 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.

Dharma ChakraFriday, October 31, 2014 10:30 am Renewal of Vows Ceremony

Dharma ChakraSaturday, November 1, 2014 10:30 am Segaki Ceremony
This ceremony is intended to offer merit for all those who have died, especially those who have died in the last year or in tragic or disturbing circumstances, as well as those who find themselves in unfortuate states of existence.

Dharma ChakraSaturday, November 1, 2014 Time to be Determined Segaki Toro Ceremony

Dharma ChakraSunday, November 2, 2014 10:30 am Festival of the Founder
This traditional memorial honors the Ancestor in the temple's lineage who founded it. Here at Shasta Abbey, the founder is Great Master Keido Chisan (Koho Zenji), Rev. Master Jiyu's Master. It is customary to found a temple in the name of one's master.

Dharma ChakraSunday, November 9, 2014 Festival Memorial for Reverend Master Jiyu-Kennett
As founder of the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives, Rev. Master Jiyu was responsible for the Transmission of our Serene Reflection Meditation lineage from Japan to the West. It is because of her great efforts and boundless compassion that we are able to encounter the Dharma and practice the Buddhist Way.

Dharma ChakraTuesday - Thursday, November 11 - 13, 2014 10:30 am Silent Meditation Retreat

Dharma ChakraSunday, November 16, 2014 10:30 am Remembrance Day
This festival is a special memorial honoring those killed in war.

Dharma ChakraFriday through Sunday, November 21 - 23, 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.

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Dharma ChakraSunday, November 23, 2014 10:30 am Festival of the Buddhist Martyrs

Dharma ChakraMonday, December 1 - 10, 2014 The Monastery is closed as we observe our Winter Monastic Retreat.

Dharma ChakraMonday, December 8, 2014 10:30 am Festival of Enlightenment Day on December 8th

Dharma ChakraSunday, December 21, 2014 10:30 am Festival of the Avatamsaka Sutra

Dharma ChakraWednesday, December 24, 2014 7:00pm Ceremony of the Eve of Enlightenment Day

Dharma ChakraThursday, December 25, 2014 10:30am Festival of the Buddha's Enlightenment Day

Dharma ChakraWednesday, December 31, 2014 11:00pm Vigil for Maitreya and New Year's Eve Ceremony

Dharma ChakraThursday, January 1, 2015 10:30am Festival of Maitreya Bodhisattva