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Dharma ChakraSunday, June 26, 2016 10:30am Transfer of Merit Ceremony

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


Dharma ChakraThursday, June 30, 2016 10:30am Renewal of Vows

Dharma ChakraSunday, July 3, 2016 10:30am Meditation Sunday Please join us as we sit together in the Buddha Hall for a meditation period that begins at 10:30am. A Dharma Talk and tea follow.

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 ChakraMonday, July 4, 2016 10:30am Fourth of July Ceremony

audioFestival of the Fourth of July Listen/Download



Dharma ChakraThursday, July 7 - Sunday, July 10, 2016 Serene Reflection Meditation Retreat
This intensive four-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. Those who have attended an Introductory Retreat are welcome to apply.

audioSeries: Serene Reflection Meditation Series 1 Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett Link to List of Talks  6 Talks Available


Dharma ChakraSunday, July 10, 2016 10:30am Festival of Achalanatha Achalanatha's name means "the immovable One". He personifies the bright willingness to train, even in the midst of great suffering, symbolized by the flames surrounding him. Achalanatha can also represent courage, steadfastness, vigilance, and determination. This Bodhisattva is a "king of light" and is usually enshrined in the left corner behind the main altar in Soto Zen/Serene Reflection Buddha Halls. He usually carries a sword, used to cut ourselves free from the fetters that bind us to the wheel of karma, and a rope or rosary that represents out commitment to train in the Precepts.


Dharma ChakraFriday through Sunday, July 22 - 24, 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, July 24, 2016 10:30am Festival of Nagyaarajuna
Great Master Nagyaarajuna is the Fifteenth Ancestor in our lineage, having lived and trained in southern India in the 2nd/3rd century CE. He is especially revered for his teaching on prajna (wisdom) and shunyata (the immaculacy of emptiness) succinctly in the Scripture of Great Wisdom. He is honored by all Mahayana traditions for being one of the first great Mahayana masters.


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 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 14 – Sunday, August 21, 2016 Meditation: Our Practice and History Retreat
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 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