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Dharma ChakraSunday, October 2, 2016 10:30am Rev. Msster Jiyu Memorial (Stupa Ceremony)

Dharma ChakraFriday, September 30, 2016 - Sunday, October 2, 2016 Continuing Practice Retreat Dharma talks and discussions will focus on strengthening our meditation practice and deepening our understanding of how to bring the Buddha’s teaching into our daily lives at home, at work, in our relationships and in our communities

Dharma ChakraWednesday, October 5 - October 7, 2016 Serene Reflection Meditation Retreat
This three-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 ta
lks and spiritual guidance.

audioSeries: Serene Reflection Meditation Series 1 Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett Link to List of Talks  6 Talks Available

audioSerene Reflection Meditation Rev. Master Meian Elbert      Listen/Download       07-26-12      29 min

audioMeditation and Practice: Our Great Wish Rev. Astor Douglas    Listen/Download  05-01-11     30 min

audio Hindrances In Meditation Rev. Master Jisho Perry Listen/Download 12-23-12 43 min

audioSeated Meditation Rev. Master Chosei Swann Listen/Download 03-17-13 56 mi

Dharma ChakraSunday, October 9, 2016 10:30am Festival of Bodhidharma Great Master Bodhidharma is revered as the First Chinese Ancestor. In the 5th century CE he left his home in southern India and traveled to China to spread the Dharma. Although Buddhism had been established in China for several hundred years, Bodhidharma was the first master to place primary emphasis on meditation. All Zen schools are descended from hi, and he has a small altar dedicated to him to the left of the Founder's Shrine in Soto Zen ceremony halls.

Dharma ChakraFriday, October 14, 2016 - Sunday, October 16, 2016 College Students Introductory Retreat
This Retreat is an introductory retreat for college students and will offer teachings that address their needs and interests. Other young people not currently attending college are welcome to apply as well. 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 out- side the monastery gates. Introductory Retreats offer meditation instruction, periods of seated meditation, Dharma talks and informal discussions about meditation, mindfulness and the basic teachings of Soto Zen. The retreat concludes with an informal tea for retreat guests, monks and our local congregation.

Dharma ChakraThursday, October 27 - 30, 2016
Feeding of the Hungry Ghosts Retreat
The importance of offering merit, particularly for those who have died in distressing circumstances or unsettled states of mind, is at the heart of this retreat. Dharma talks examine what it means to offer merit, how we can truly help those who are suffering, and how we can convert our own craving and greed through the practice of the Dharma. In the Feeding of the Hungry Ghosts Ceremony, we offer the food of the Dharma to all beings who have died under painful, difficult or despairing circumstances.

Dharma ChakraFriday - Sunday, November 4 - 6, 2016
20th Annversary of Reverend Master Jiyu'Kennett's Parinirvana