Saturday, April 4, 2015 7:00pm Vigil Ceremony for Manjusri
Sunday, April 5, 2015 10:30am Festival of Manjusri Bodhisattva Manjusri is the Bodhisattva of Wisdom. His name translates as "Gentle Glory", "the Wonderful, Fortunate One" or "the One who is Noble and Gentle". He is usually portrayed as a fair youth or maiden riding a fierce lion-like beast representing the self. In one hand he holds a sword with which to free oneself from attachments and delusion; in the other hand he holds a blue lotus upon which rests The Scripture of Great Wisdom.
Friday through Sunday, April 10 - 12, 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.
Introduction to Serene Reflection Meditation Various articles Read/Download
Sunday, April 12, 2015 10:30am Festival of the Buddha's Birth This ceremony celebrates the Buddha's birth, traditionally observed in Mahayana Buddhism.
Thursday, April 16, 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.
Saturday, April 18, 2015 10:30am Renewal of Vows Ceremony
Sunday, April 19, 2015 10:30am Festival of Great Master Keizan Together with Great Master Dogen, Great Master Keizan is one of the co-founders of Soto Zen in Japan. His dedicated efforts in the 14th century caused the tradition to spread widely throughout the country, which together with his warm-hearted concern for the common people earned him the epithet of "mother of Soto Zen". Keizan also wrote most, if not all, of our Soto Zen ceremonial, as well as founded Sojiji Temple, the monastery where Rev. Master JIyu-Kennett studied and trained in Japan. His Denkoroku:The Record of the Transmission of the Light is a key text studied in our tradition.
Wednesday, April 22 through Thursday, April 30, 2015 The Monastery is closed for the Spring Monastic Retreat
Saturday, May 2, 2015 10:30am Renewal of Vows Ceremony
Saturday, May 9, 2015 Friends of Shasta Abbey (FOSA) Work Day