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Dharma ChakraWednesday, April 22 through Thursday, April 30, 2015 The Monastery is closed for the Spring Monastic Retreat

Dharma ChakraSaturday, May 2, 2015 10:30am Renewal of Vows Ceremony

Dharma ChakraSunday, May 3, 2015 10:30am Reverend Master Jiyu Memorial Ceremony
As the 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 today. This memorial is celebrated monthly as an offering of merit and gratitude.

Dharma ChakraSaturday, May 9, 2015 Friends of Shasta Abbey (FOSA) Work Day Please join us as we work together to help ready the monastery for our Wesak Festival and to paint the recycling center.

Dharma ChakraSunday, May 10, 2015 10:30am Transfer of Merit Ceremony

Dharma ChakraWednesday, May 13, 2015 10:30am Renewal of Vows Ceremony

Dharma ChakraFriday through Sunday, May 15-17, 2015 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 16, 2015 3:00pm Vigil for Wesak

Dharma ChakraSaturday, May 16, 2015 7:00pm Ceremony for the Eve of Wesak followed by Tea

Dharma ChakraSunday, May 17, 2015 10:30am Festival of Wesak Wesak celebrates the Buddha's birth, enlightenment and Parinirvana - His life and Teaching. Observed by Buddhists throughout the world, it is the most joyous festival of the calendar and marks the beginning of the Buddhist New Year. We celebrate it with festive decorations, joyous ceremonial and a delightful picnic.

Dharma ChakraWednesday, May 20 through Sunday, May 24, 2015 Lay Ministers Retreat .

Dharma ChakraThursday, May 21, 2015
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. 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. 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. Traditionally only food is offered during the Alms Round.l 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 do not use garlic, horseradish, alcohol or meat.

Dharma ChakraSunday, May 24, 2015
10:30am Ceremony for Memorial Day This memorial offers merit to all those killed as a result of war, terror, and acts of violence.

Dharma ChakraWednesday, May 30, 2015 10:30am Renewal of Vows Ceremony

Dharma ChakraSunday, May 31, 2015 10:30am Meditation Sunday

Dharma ChakraSunday, June 7 - 14, 2015 Jewels from the Shobogenzo Retreat given by Rev. Master Oswin Hollenbeck
If you do these things for some time...the Treasure House will open naturally and you will enjoy it fully.
Great Master Eihei Dogen
This retreat offers an in-depth look at two short discourses, “Shoji,” and “Doshin,” from Great Master Dogen’s Shobogenzo: The Treasure House of the Eye of the True Dharma, and will end with a recitation of the “Shushogi.” During this retreat, led by Rev. Master Oswin Hollenbeck, he will explore and discuss with you themes such as taking refuge in the Three Treasures, awakening the Buddha-seeking mind, practicing the Three Pure Precepts, training in daily life, and living Buddha Nature. Rev. Oswin will also offer private spiritual counseling upon request. This retreat is open to those with some experience of training within our Order.

Dharma ChakraFriday through Sunday, June 26 - 28, 2015 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, June 28, 2015 10:30am Festival of Avalokiteshwara Avalokiteshwara, "Regarder of the Cries of the World", is the Bodhisattva of Compassion 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. Avalokiteshwara represents our willingness to train ourselves for the benefit of others and to help beings however we can.

Dharma ChakraThursday, July 16 - Sunday, July 19, 2015 The Offering of Lay Training Retreat given byRev. Master Kodo Kay
To live by Zen is to live an ordinary life
Great Master Eihei Dogen
Our work, family, relationships and community become our field of training and the ordinary activities of daily life come alive with clarity, joy and purpose when we see them as the very means we have of realizing the Buddha’s Truth for ourselves and others. This retreat will be led by Rev. Master Kodo Kay, who was a lay trainee for some years before she was ordained as a monk. The retreat will include Dharma talks, discussions and spiritual coun- seling, and is open to those who have some experience with Buddhist practice and meditation.

Dharma ChakraSunday, July 19, 2015 10:30am Festival of Achalantha Achalanatha's name means "the immovable one". He personifies the bright willingness to train, even in the midst of great suffering which is symbolized by the flames around him. He also represents courage, steadfastness, vigilance and determination.

Dharma ChakraSunday, July 26, 2015 10:30am Festival of Nagyaarajuna
Great Master Nagyaarajuna is the Fifteenth Ancestor in our lineage, having lived and trained in souther India in the 2nd-3rd century CE. He is especially revered for his teachings on prajna (wisdom) and shunyata (the immaculacy of emptiness) expressed succinctly in the Scripture of Great Wisdom. He is honored by all Mahayana traditions.

Dharma ChakraFriday through Sunday, July 31- August 2, 2015 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, July 26, 2015 10:30am Festival of Kshtigarbha The gentle Bodhisattva Kshtigarbha appears in the form of a kindly priest holding a monastic travelling staff and the wish-fulfilling jewel. He helps all those in the six world who are in dire, disadvantaged or vulnerable circumstances, and as such has come to be regarded as the special protector of children, expectant mothers, animals, and travelers. He has also taken an unending vow to stand still at the gates to the hells, offering peace to all those who suffer because of the natural karmic consequence of evil acts. His name means "Earth Store", or "Earth Treasury".

Dharma ChakraAugust 16 - 23, 2015 Denkoroku Retreat given by Rev. Master Meian Elbert
When the vines have withered, the trees have fallen and the mountains have crumbled away,
The valley stream in cascades, will gush beyond its banks and the very rock will pour forth fire.

This retreat, offered by our abbess, Rev. Master Meian, will focus on Great Master Keizan’s Denkoroku, one of the two greatest writings of Soto Zen, the other be- ing Great Master Dogen’s Shobogenzo. Within the Denkoroku: The Record of the Transmission of the Light, are the stories of the passing on of the Dharma from ancestor to ancestor from the time of Shakyamuni Buddha through Dogen’s dis- ciple, Koun Ejo. “The exquisite underlying Truth runs, like a jade thread through a golden needle, throughout the book.” Rev. Master Meian will offer Dharma talks, Dharma discussions, and private spiritual counseling for each participant. This retreat is open to those with some experience of training within our Order.

Dharma ChakraSunday, August 30, 2015 10:30am Festival of Avalokiteshwara Avalokiteshwara, "Regarder of the Cries of the World", is the Bodhisattva of Compassion 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. Avalokiteshwara represents our willingness to train ourselves for the benefit of others and to help beings however we can.


Dharma ChakraFriday through Sunday, September 4 - 5, 2015 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, September 8, 2015 10:30am Festival of 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 considered the principal founder of Soto Zen in Japan and is highly respected by all Japanese Buddhist traditions. His life was characterized by a great resolve to seek for the Truth and an uncompromising purity in his practice of the Buddhist Way.

Dharma ChakraFriday through Sunday, September 25 - 27, 2015 Continuous Practice Retreat This retreat is offered for anyone who has been to at least one Introductory Retreat at Shasta Abbey. 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. Private spiritual counseling will also be offered.

Dharma ChakraSunday, September 27, 2015 10:30am Festival of Bhaisajyaguru 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, hate and delusion.

Dharma ChakraSunday, October 4, 2015 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 the Zen schools are descended from him.

Dharma ChakraTuesday through Thursday, October 13 - 15, 2015 Silent Meditation Retreat The focus of this retreat is very much on meditation: there are six or seven periods of meditation each day. Meals are eaten in silence. There are no Dharma talks or spiritual counseling. Monks are asked to put aside monastic office responsibilities as much as possible to go deeply into the heart of meditation. Lay participants likewise are invited to deepen their meditation in this quiet and reflective time. Committed practitioners who have spent time at the Abbey may consult the Guestmaster about attending.

Dharma ChakraFriday through Sunday, October 23 - 25, 2015 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 ChakraTuesday through Thursday, October 29 - November 1, 2015 Feeding of the Hungry Ghost Retreat (Segaki)
This elaborate transfer of merit ceremony is intended for all those who have died, especially in tragic or disturbing circumstances, or who are in unfortunate states of existence.

Dharma ChakraSunday, November 1, 2015 10:30am Festival of the Founder This traditional memorial honors the Ancestor in the temple's lineage who founded it. For many OBC temples that monk is Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett. At Shasta Abbey, the founder is Great Master Keido Chisan (Koho Zenji), her Transmission master in Japan. It is customary to found a temple in the name of one's master. Koho Zenji was Chief Abbot of Soji-ji.

Dharma ChakraSunday, November 8, 2015 10:30am Festival of Great Master Houn Jiyu-Kennett
As the 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 today.

Dharma ChakraTuesday through Thursday, November 10 - 12, 2015 Silent Meditation Retreat The focus of this retreat is very much on meditation: there are six or seven periods of meditation each day. Meals are eaten in silence. There are no Dharma talks or spiritual counseling. Monks are asked to put aside monastic office responsibilities as much as possible to go deeply into the heart of meditation. Lay participants likewise are invited to deepen their meditation in this quiet and reflective time. Committed practitioners who have spent time at the Abbey may consult the Guestmaster about attending.

Dharma ChakraSunday, November 15, 2015 10:30am Festival of Remembrance Day This festival is a special memorial honoring those killed in war.

Dharma ChakraSunday, November 22, 2015 10:30am Festival of Buddhist Martyrs This memorial ceremony was inaugurated by Rev. Master Jiyu upon the discovery in the early 1990s of the mass graves of thousands of Buddhist monastics in Mongolia who were executed during the Soviet Communist regime. This ceremony offers merit to all those who have died as a result of their Buddhist faith.

Dharma ChakraThursday, November 26, 2015 10:30am Festival of Thanksgiving This festival is a ceremony of gratitude to the Buddhist Ancestors, and in the United States is celebrated on the national holiday of Thanksgiiving.

Dharma ChakraTuesday, December 1 through Thursday, December 10, 2015 The Monastery is closed for the Winter Monastic Retreat.