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Dharma ChakraTuesday, April 22, through Wednesday, April 30, 2014 Spring Monastic Retreat The monastery is closed as we hold our Spring Monastic Retreat.


Dharma ChakraSunday, May 4, 2014 10:30 am Memorial for Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett    Please join us as we hold this Memorial
at her Stupa for Rev. master Jiyu, first Abbess of Shasta Abbey and founder of the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives.


Dharma ChakraSaturday, May 10, 2014 9:30am Friends of Shasta Abbey (FOSA) Work Day to prepare the Temple for Wesak


Dharma ChakraSunday, May 11, 2014 10:30 am Meditation Sunday

Dharma ChakraWednesday, May 14, 2014 10:30 am Renewal of Vows


Dharma ChakraSaturday, May 17, 2014 3:00pm Vigil for the Festival of Wesak


Dharma ChakraSaturday, May 17, 2014 7:00pm Festival of the Eve of Wesak


Dharma ChakraSunday, May 18, 2014 10:30 am Festival of Wesak Wesak is the most joyous festival in the Buddhistliturgical year, and marks the beginning of the Buddhist New Year. Our ceremony celebrates the Buddha's birth, enlightenment, and Parinirvana - His life and the Teaching - with festive decorations,beautiful ceremonial, and joyous music.

audioWesak: Openness of Heart Rev. Master Meian Elbert Listen/Download

Dharma ChakraThursday, May 22, 2014 10:00 am 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. Freely giving from a generous heart loosens the grip of selfishness. Both donor and recipient are enriched by this practice.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. We walk, with no expectations. Monks walk the Alms Round once a month. The sight of a monk was one of the Four Sights that moved Shakyamuni Buddha to renounce the world and become a monk. The Alms Round is a ceremony of dana, selfless giving, that is based on the reciprocal respect between monastics and those who live in the world. 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.

Dharma ChakraFriday, May 23 through Sunday, May 25, 2014 Continuing 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, May 25, 2014 10:30 am Festival of Memorial Day This memorial offers merit to all those killed as a result of war, acts of terrorism, and political violence.


Dharma ChakraSaturday, May 31, 2014 10:30 am Renewal of Vows


Dharma ChakraFriday, May 30 through Sunday, June 1, 2014 Meditation Groups Weekend Retreat


Dharma ChakraSunday, June 1, 2014 10:30 am Transfer of Merit Ceremony

Dharma ChakraFriday through Sunday, June 6 - 8, 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, June 8, 2014 10:30 am Festival of Avalokiteshwara Bodhisattva Avalokiteshwara, "Regarder of the Cries of the World", is the Bodhisattva of Compassion who assumes 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.
audioOn the Bodhisattva of Compassion (On Shobogenzo Chapter 32 - Kannon) Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett Listen/Download


Dharma ChakraFriday, June 13, 2014 10:30 am Renewal of Vows


Dharma ChakraSunday, June 15, 2014 10:30 am Transfer of Merit Ceremony


Dharma ChakraThursday, June 19, 2014 10:00 am 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. Freely giving from a generous heart loosens the grip of selfishness. Both donor and recipient are enriched by this practice.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. We walk, with no expectations. Monks walk the Alms Round once a month. The sight of a monk was one of the Four Sights that moved Shakyamuni Buddha to renounce the world and become a monk. The Alms Round is a ceremony of dana, selfless giving, that is based on the reciprocal respect between monastics and those who live in the world. 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.


Dharma ChakraSunday, June 22, 2014 10:30 am Meditation Sunday

Dharma ChakraSunday, June 22 through Sunday, June 29, 2014 Awakening the Heart of the Bodhisattva Retreat
Cultivating the attitude of mind of the Bodhisattva is essential to training in our Serene Reflection Meditation tradition. Rev. Master Ando Mueller will lead this seven-day retreat and offer Dharma talks, drawing on Mahayana Buddhist teachings on the Great Bodhisattvas, personifications of enlightened virtues— Avalokiteshwara, Samantabhadra, Manjusri, Maitreya and Kshtigarbha. We will explore how, in awakening to the heart of Great Compassion, Love, Wisdom, Lovingkindness and Faith within ourselves, we join with the constant, selfless activity of these Awakened Beings and become not only able to rescue ourselves from suffering and distress but to be of the greatest benefit to all beings. The retreat will also include Dharma discussions and private spiritual counseling and is open to those with some experience of Soto Zen meditation and practice.


Dharma ChakraOn Sunday, June 29th, 2014 We will not have a festival or Dharma talk today as we complete the Awakening the Heart of the Bodhisattva Retreat.


Dharma ChakraWednesday, July 2, 2014 10:30 am Renewal of Vows


Dharma ChakraFriday, July 4, 2014 10:30 am Ceremony for the Fourth of July


Dharma ChakraSunday, July 6, 2014 10:30 am Meditation Sunday


Dharma ChakraSunday, July 13, 2014 10:30 am Transfer of Merit Ceremony



Dharma ChakraTuesday, July 15 through Sunday July 20, 2014 Finding One's Path in Life Retreat (For ages 18-29)
We invite young people between the ages of 18 and 29 to come and explore how the Teachings of the Buddha can help you find answers to some of the most difficult questions you might be facing now and also in the future. Over 2500 years ago, Siddhartha Gautama, at the age of 29, left home in search of the Truth. His teachings have been passed down to us over these many years and can help us find what we may be searching and longing for. During this retreat, you will join in the life of the monastery with meditation and ceremonies, formal meals, working meditation, Dharma talks and discussions. Although young adults are welcome to attend all the other retreats we offer for lay people, it can be especially helpful and fun to be with and discuss important issues with other people of the same general age. This retreat is open to people new to Shasta Abbey and to those who have been here before. We will offer meditation instruction and an orientation to our practice to all of you who are new to Serene Reflection Meditation.


Dharma ChakraSunday, July 20, 2014 10:30 am Festival of Achalanatha


Dharma ChakraSunday, July 27, 2014 10:30 am Festival of Nagyaarajuna

Dharma ChakraFriday through Sunday, August 1 - 3, 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, August 10, 2014 10:30 am Festival of Kshtigarbha


Dharma ChakraTuesday, August 19 through Sunday, August 24, 2014 Exploring Monastic Life Retreat
"The source of the mind is completely calm and the sea of the Dharma is fathomless."
We warmly invite any of you who are considering the possibility of becoming a monk within our Order to join us for this 5-day retreat. There will be Dharma talks and discussions that will include some key elements in our monastic life: leaving the world and what that means, celibacy, the master- disciple relationship, and living on alms, as well as the opportunity to join more fully in the life of the community. Within our Order, both men and women ordain as monks and train together equally. Attending this retreat is not in any way a commitment to the monastic life, rather an exploration to see if this is what you might like to do. If you would like to learn more about becom- ing a monk at Shasta Abbey, you can look on our website under “About” and then “Becoming a monk.” If you have any questions about this retreat, please contact the Guestmaster.