Friday through Sunday, May 17 - 19, 2013 Wesak Celebratory Retreat
On this glorious Wesak day... we commemorate the birth, life and teaching of Shakyamuni Buddha, celebrating our gratitude with joyful ceremonies and by deepening our practice together. The Wesak festival on Sunday morning is followed by the traditional ringing of the Temple great bell and a picnic for all.
Festival of the Eve of Wesak Listen/Download
Festival of Wesak Listen/Download
Saturday, May 18, 2013 7:00 pm Festival of the Eve of Wesak followed by Tea
Sunday, May 19, 2013 10:30 am Festival of Wesak
Sunday, May 19, 2013 1:30 pm Wesak Picnic
Wednesday through Sunday, May 22 - 26, 2013 Lay Ministers Retreat
Sunday, May 26, 2013 10:30 am Ceremony for Memorial Day
Thursday, May 30, 2013 10:30 am Renewal of Vows Ceremony
Friday through Sunday, May 31 - June 2, 2013 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, June 16 through Sunday, June 23, 2013 Great Master Keizan's Pure Meditation Retreat
“Pure meditation opens us
so that we may directly realize the Foundation of our minds
and dwell content within our own Buddha Nature.”
So speaks Great Master Keizan, one of the great ancestors of Soto Zen, in his “Instructions on How to Do Pure Meditation.”* Rev. Master Meian, our Abbess, will lead us in the study of this beautiful and also practical text to help us deepen our practice and apply it to our daily lives. She will offer Dharma talks, Dharma discussions, and private spiritual counseling for each participant. The retreat is open to those with some experience of Soto Zen meditation and practice.
*This text is in Buddhist Writings, and will also be available here soon.