Thursday, October 23, 2014 We have discontinued our monthly alms round for now due to the recent fire in Weed. We would prefer that food donations be given to those in our community who are in greater need. Why do the monks go on the alms round? When we walk through the town on our alms round, our main intention is to bless the town and all the beings we encounter, whether any offering is made or not, rather than asking for anything. We also perform our alms round in order to give people the opportunity to make an offering and, if they wish, to offer the merit of that offering to someone, maybe a sick relative or friend, someone who has died, or simply all beings.
Sunday, October 26, 2014 10:30 am Transfer of Merit Ceremony
We offer the merit of this ceremony to all those in need of merit, those known and those unknown.
Thursday through Sunday, October 30 - November 2, 2014 Feeding of the Hungry Ghosts Retreat
The teaching of the importance of offering merit is at the heart of this retreat. In the Feeding of the Hungry Ghosts Ceremony, we offer the food of the Dharma to those who have died under painful, difficult or despairing circumstances. We will also examine how we can convert our own craving and greed through the practice of the Dharma. On November 1, we celebrate the Festival of the Founder, the Very Reverend Keido Chisan Koho who, as Reverend Master Jiyu’s Transmission Master, is honored as the Founder of Shasta Abbey.
Friday, October 31, 2014 10:30 am Renewal of Vows Ceremony
Saturday, November 1, 2014 10:30 am Segaki Ceremony
This ceremony is intended to offer merit for all those who have died, especially those who have died in the last year or in tragic or disturbing circumstances, as well as those who find themselves in unfortuate states of existence.
Saturday, November 1, 2014 Time to be Determined Segaki Toro Ceremony
Sunday, November 2, 2014 10:30 am Festival of the Founder
This traditional memorial honors the Ancestor in the temple's lineage who founded it. Here at Shasta Abbey, the founder is Great Master Keido Chisan (Koho Zenji), Rev. Master Jiyu's Master. It is customary to found a temple in the name of one's master.
Sunday, November 9, 2014 Festival Memorial for Reverend Master Jiyu-Kennett
As 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 hreat efforts and boundless compassion that we are able to encounter the Dharma and practice the BUddhist Way.
Tuesday - Thursday, November 11 - 13, 2014 10:30 am Silent Meditation Retreat
Sunday, November 16, 2014 10:30 am Remembrance Day Ceremony
This festival is a special memorial honoring those killed in war.
Friday 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.
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Sunday, November 23, 2014 10:30 am Festival of the Buddhist Martyrs
Monday, December 1 - 10, 2014 The Monastery is closed as we observe our Winter Monastic Retreat.
Monday, December 8, 2014 10:30 am Festival of Enlightenment Day on December 8th
Sunday, December 21, 2014 10:30 am Festival of the Avatamsaka Sutra
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 7:00pm Ceremony of the Eve of Enlightenment Day
Thursday, December 25, 2014 10:30am Festival of the Buddha's Enlightenment Day
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 11:00pm Vigil for Maitreya and New Year's Eve Ceremony
Thursday, January 1, 2015 10:30am Festival of Maitreya Bodhisattva