Saturday, March 7, 2015, 2015 7:00pm Vigil Ceremony for Samantabhadra
Sunday, March 8, 2015 10:30am Festival of Samantabhadra Samantabhadra is the personification of Great Love, particularly as it is expressed through the activity of one who has taken the Bodhisattva vow. Her name means Full of Virtue, Universal Love, or Universal Goodness. Samantabhadra rides a white elephant with six tusks: the white elephant is a symbol of purity and the six tusks can represent the six paramitas or perfections which a Bodhisattva cultivates on his or her way to Buddhahood.
Samantabhadra Rev. Master Chosei Swann Listen/Download
Festival of Samanatabhadra Bodhisattva Listen/Download
Tuesday, March 10 - Thursday, March 12, 2015 Silent Meditation Retreat The focus of this retreat is very much on meditation: there are six or seven periods of meditation each day. Meals are eaten in silence. There are no Dharma talks or spiritual counseling. Monks are asked to put aside monastic office responsibilities as much as possible to go deeply into the heart of meditation.
Lay participants likewise are invited to deepen their meditation in this quiet and reflective time. Committed practitioners who have spent time at the Abbey may consult the Guestmaster about attending a Three Day Meditation Retreat.
Saturday, March 14, 2015 10:30am Renewal of Vows Ceremony
Sunday, March 15, 2015 10:30am Festival of the Spring Equinox The equinoxes are considered the times when things hold the most potential for change because all things are then equal - the best times for finding the Eternal. The Equinox ceremony is that of Feeding the HUngry Ghosts.
Festival of the Spring Equinox Listen/Download
On the Spring Equinox: Opportunity for Change Rev. Master Ando Mueller Listen/Download
Thursday, March 19, 2015 10:00am 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. 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. 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. Traditionally only food is offered during the Alms Round.l We are most grateful for small or large quantities of food, hot or cold items, sweet or savory. Wrapped food or food in plastic bags is helpful. We are lacto-ovo vegetarians and do not use garlic, horseradish, alcohol or meat.
Sunday, March 22 - Sunday, March 29, 2015 Keeping of the Ten Precepts Retreat
All things, earth, trees, wooden posts, bricks and stones, become Buddhas once this Refuge is taken.
From these Precepts come forth such a wind and fire that all are driven into enlightenment
when the flames are fanned by the Buddha's influence.
This is the merit of non-action and non-seeking, the awakening to True Wisdom.
from Great Master Dogen's Shushogi
The annual tradition of Jukai at Shasta Abbey is an opportunity to formally become a Buddhist or to renew one's commitment. Monks and laity participate in five solemn and beautiful ceremonies over the course of a week of meditation and Dharma talks, clarifying what it means to receive and live the Buddhist Precepts. Dharma Talks and articles on the maning of the Precepts and Becoming a Buddhist are available here.
What It Means to be a Buddhist Reverend Master Daizui MacPhillamy Listen/Download
Saturday, March 28, 2015 10:30am Renewal of Vows Ceremony
On Sunday,March 29, 2015 there is NO Sunday ceremony or Dharma Talk as we conclude the Keeping of the Ten Precepts Retreat.
Sunday, April 5, 2015 10:30am Festival of Manjusri Bodhisattva Manjusri is the Bodhisattva of Wisdom. His name translates as "Gentle Glory", "the Wonderful, Fortunate One" or "the One who is Noble and Gentle". He is usually portrayed as a fair youth or maiden riding a fierce lion-like beast representing the self. In one hand he holds a sword with which to free oneself from attachments and delusion; in the other hand he holds a blue lotus upon which rests The Scripture of Great Wisdom.
Friday through Sunday, April 10 - 12, 2015 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.
Introduction to Serene Reflection Meditation Various articles Read/Download
Sunday, April 12, 2015 10:30am Festival of the Buddha's Birth This ceremony celebrates the Buddha's birth, traditionally observed in Mahayana Buddhism.
Sunday, April 19, 2015 10:30am Festival of Great Master Keizan Together with Great Master Dogen, Great Master Keizan is one of the co-founders of Soto Zen in Japan. His dedicated efforts in the 14th century caused the tradition to spread widely throughout the country, which together with his warm-hearted concern for the common people earned him the epithet of "mother of Soto Zen". Keizan also wrote most, if not all, of our Soto Zen ceremonial, as well as founded Sojiji Temple, the monastery where Rev. Master JIyu-Kennett studied and trained in Japan. His Denkoroku:The Record of the Transmission of the Light is a key text studied in our tradition.
Wednesday, April 22 through Thursday, April 30, 2015 The Monastery is closed for the Spring Monastic Retreat
Saturday, May 9, 2015 Friends of Shasta Abbey (FOSA) Work Day