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Dharma ChakraSunday, August 31, 2014 10:30 am Meditation Sunday
Please join us for a period of sitting meditation in the Buddha Hall that starts at 10:30am and is followed by a Dharma Talk.


Dharma ChakraSunday, September 7, 2014 10:30 am Transfer of Merit Ceremony

audioMerit is Just a Word Until You Give It Away Rev. Master Oswin Hollenbeck Listen/Download


Dharma ChakraTuesday - Thursday, September 9-11, 2014 10:30 am Silent Meditation Retreat


Dharma ChakraSunday, September 14 , 2014 10:30 am Festival of Great Master Dogen This festival memorial honors Great Master Eihei Dogen, the Japanese monk who brought the Serene Reflection teacgings 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. Dogen's life was characterized by a great resolve to seek for the Truth and uncompromising purity in his practice of the Buddhist Way.

audioIn Loving Memory of Great Master Dogen Rev. Master Ando Mueller Listen/Download

audioFestival of Great Master Dogen Listen/Download


Dharma ChakraWednesday - Sunday, September 17 - 21, 2014 10:30 am Lay Ministers Retreat

Dharma ChakraSunday, September 21, 2014 10:30 am Festival of Avalokiteshwara Bodhisattva 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 all opposites. She often holds with one hand a lotus blossom, symbol of training and enlightenment, and pours out from a vase in the other hand the sweet water of Compassion upon a troubled sea of suffering existence. Avalokiteshwara represents our willingness to train ourselves for the benefit of others and to help beings however we can.

audioThe Stream of Compassion Rev. Master Meian Elbert Listen/Download

audioA Subtler Compassion Rev. Master Daishin Yalon Listen/Download

Dharma ChakraSunday, September 28, 2014 10:30 am Festival of Bhaisajya-guru Bhaisajya=guru 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. He is usually associated with the deep-blue colored gem lapis lazuli shot through with flecks of gold, symbolizing the tiny points of Light within the darkness of illness and suffering.

audioFestival of Bhaisajya-guru Tathagata Listen/Download

Dharma ChakraFriday through Sunday, October 3 - 5, 2014 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, October 5, 2014 10:30 am Festival of Bodhidharma


Dharma ChakraTuesday - Thursday, October 14 -16, 2014 10:30 am Silent Meditation Retreat


Dharma ChakraWednesday through Sunday, October 29 - November 2, 2014 Feeding of the Hungry Ghosts Retreat


Dharma ChakraSunday, November 9, 2014 Festival Memorial for Reverend Master Jiyu-Kennett


Dharma ChakraTuesday - Thursday, November 11 - 13, 2014 10:30 am Silent Meditation Retreat


Dharma ChakraSunday, November 16, 2014 10:30 am Remembrance Day

Dharma ChakraFriday through Sunday, November 21 - 23, 2014 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, November 23, 2014 10:30 am Festival of the Buddhist Martyrs


Dharma ChakraMonday, December 1 - 10, 2014 The Monastery is closed as we observe our Winter Monastic Retreat.


Dharma ChakraMonday, December 8, 2014 10:30 am Festival of Enlightenment Day on December 8th



Dharma ChakraSunday, December 21, 2014 10:30 am Festival of the Avatamsaka Sutra


Dharma ChakraWednesday, December 24, 2014 7:00pm Ceremony of the Eve of Enlightenment Day


Dharma ChakraThursday, December 25, 2014 10:30am Festival of the Buddha's Enlightenment Day



Dharma ChakraWednesday, December 31, 2014 11:00pm Vigil for Maitreya and New Year's Eve Ceremony


Dharma ChakraThursday, January 1, 2015 10:30am Festival of Maitreya Bodhisattva