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Dharma ChakraSaturday, May 7, 2016 9:30am Friends of Shasta Abbey (FOSA) Workday
Please join us for this workday to help decorate and prepare the Abbey for our upcoming Wesak festivities.

Dharma ChakraSunday, May 8, 2016 10:30am Reverend Master Jiyu Memorial with Stupa Ceremony

Dharma ChakraWednesday, May 11, 2016 10:30 am Renewal of Vows

Dharma ChakraFriday through Sunday, May 13 - 15, 2016
Wesak Celebratory Retreat
“On this Glorious Wesak Day...” we commemorate the birth, life and teaching of Shakyamuni Buddha.In the Buddhist world, Wesak marks the beginning of the New Year and is the most significant and joy- ous event of the Buddhist calendar. Wesak reminds us of the Buddha’s historical origins in the person of Shakyamuni, the Wise One of the Shakya Clan, and celebrates with joyful ceremonies the profound gratitude we feel for His timeless teachings. Dharma talks point us to ways we can deepen our practice. We end the retreat with the traditional ringing of the Temple’s great bell and a picnic for all.

Dharma ChakraSaturday, May 14, 2016 3:00pm Vigil for Wesak

Dharma ChakraSaturday, May 14, 2016 7:00pm Ceremony of the Eve of Wesak

audioCeremony of the Eve of Wesak Link to Ceremony Invocations

Dharma ChakraSunday, May 15, 2016 3:00pm Festival of Wesak

audio Wesak - An Expression of Gratitude Rev. Master Meian Elbert Listen/Download

audioFestival of Wesak Link to Ceremony Invocations

Dharma ChakraThursday, May 19, 2016 10:00am 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 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.

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Sunday, May 22, 2016 10:30am Transfer of Merit Ceremony

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

audioFestival of Remembrance on Memorial Day Listen/Downloa

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

Dharma ChakraSunday, June 12, 2016 10:30am 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 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.