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Dharma ChakraThursday, September 1, 2016 10:30am Renewal of Vows

Dharma ChakraFriday through Sunday, September 2 - 4, 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 ChakraSaturday, September 10, 2016 10:30am Memorial for Jim Wilmerding James Reppert Wilmerding of Halifax, Vermont, passed away unexpectedly in Lebanon, New Hampshire on Monday, July 11, 2016, after a brief illness. He had relocated to Vermont in early 2015 after spending most of his adult life in Mount Shasta, Santa Cruz, and Los Altos, California. He established a successful medical practice in Mount Shastafor more than two decades after moving to the area in 1985. During his time in Mount Shasta, JIm came to be a friend of the Abbey, volunteering with massage therapist Susan Anderson at Shasta Abbey, to provide chiropractic and massage services to the monks.


Dharma ChakraSunday, September 11, 2016 10:30am Festival Memorial for Great Master Dogen This festival Memorial honors Great Master Eihei Dogen, the Japanese monk who brought the Serene Reflection teachings from China to Japan in the 13th century. He is considred the principal founder of Soto Zen in Japan and is highly respected by all Japanese Buddhists.Dogen's life was characterized by a great resolve to seek for the Truth and an uncompromising purity in his practice of the Buddhist Way. His 95-chapter Shobogenzo: The Treasure House of the Eye of the True Teaching is one of the key texts still studied by students of the Soto Zen tradition today.


Dharma ChakraTuesday, September 13, 2016 10:30am Renewal of Vows

Dharma ChakraWednesday, September 14 - September 16, 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 talks 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 ChakraSaturday, September 17, 2016 7:00pm Vigil for Bhaisajya-guru Bodhisattva

Dharma ChakraSunday, September 18, 2016 10:30am Festival of Bhaisajya-guru Bodhisattva Bhaisajyaguru 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, hates and delusion.

Dharma ChakraWednesday, September 21 - Sunday, September 25, 2016 Order of Buddhist Contemplatives (OBC) Lay Ministers' Retreat

Dharma ChakraThursday, September 18, 2016 10:00am Alms Round in Mount Shasta 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

The alms round itself is a gift that goes both ways.
Daily contact with lay donors reminds the monastics that their practice is not just an individual matter. They are indebted to others for the opportunity to practice,
and should do their best to practice diligently as a way of repaying that debt.
Furthermore, walking through a village early in the morning,
passing by the houses of the rich and poor, the happy and unhappy, gives plenty of opportunities to reflect on the human condition and the need to find a way out of the grinding cycle.
For the donors, the alms round is a reminder that the monetary economy
is not the only way to happiness.
- Thanissaro Bhikkhu, "The Economy of Gifts"

Dharma ChakraSunday, September 25, 2016 10:30am Festival of Avalokiteshwara
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 the opposites. Avalokiteshwara represents our willingness to train ourselves for the benefit of others and to help beings however we can.


Dharma ChakraThursday, September 29, 2016 10:30am Renewal of Vows


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 talks 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


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) prac- tice 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 medita- tion, mindfulness and the basic teachings of Soto Zen. The retreat concludes with an informal tea for retreat guests, monks and our local congregation.


Dharma ChakraFriday, 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.