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Dharma ChakraThursday, July 28, 2016 10:30am Renewal of Vows Ceremony

Dharma ChakraSaturday, July 30, 2016 7:00pm Vigil for Kshtigarbha

Dharma ChakraSunday, July 31, 2016 10:30am Festival of Kshtigarbha
The gentle Bodhisattva Kshtigarbha apears in the form of a kindly priest holding a monastic traveling staff and the wish-fullfilling gem or pearl. He is looked upon as helping all those in the six worlds 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. Kshtigarbha has also taken an unending vow to stand still at the gate to the hells, offering peace to all those who suffer because of the natural karmic consequences of evil acts. He, along with Avalokiteshwara, is one of the Bodhisattvas often portrayed as coming to greet the faithful trainee at the time of death. His name means "Earth Store" or "Earth Treasury".

audioOn Kshtigarbha Rev. Master Chosei Swann Listen/Download

Dharma ChakraWednesday, August 3, 2016 Surangama Ceremony

Dharma ChakraThursday, August 4 - Sunday, August 7, 2016 Working Meditation Retreat
This four-day retreat will focus on how to bring Buddhist training into whatever work we are doing and how medita- tion, mindfulness and the Precepts can be in- corporated into every aspect of our daily lives. We can thus find greater depth and understanding of how we create suffering for ourselves and others and how we can transform this suffering. During this retreat, there will be more working meditation along with formal meditation, Dharma talks and discussions.

Dharma ChakraSunday, August 7, 2016 Rev. Master Jiyu Stupa Ceremony

Dharma ChakraThursday, August 11, 2016 Renewal of Vows

Dharma ChakraSunday, August 14 – Sunday, August 21, 2016 Meditation: Our Practice and History Retreat
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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 counseling upon request. This retreat is open to those who have had experience training within our Order. Dharma Talks from the Retreat will be added here each day.

Dharma ChakraThursday, August 25, 2016 Alms Round in Mount Shasta

Dharma ChakraSunday, August 28, 2016 Transfer of Merit Ceremony

Dharma ChakraWednesday, August 31, 2016 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 ChakraSunday, September 11, 2016 Festival Memorial for Great Master Dogen

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 ChakraSunday, September 18, 2016 Festival of Bhaisajya-guru Bodhisattva

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

Dharma ChakraSunday, September 25, 2016 Festival of Avalokiteshwara

Dharma ChakraFriday, September 30, 2016 - Sunday, October 2, 2016 Continuing Practice Retreat