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Dharma ChakraTuesday, June 30, 2015 10:30am Renewal of Vows Ceremony


Dharma ChakraSaturday, July 4, 2015 10:30am Ceremony for the Fourth of July


Dharma ChakraSunday, July 5, 2015 10:30am Meditation Sunday


Dharma ChakraFriday, July 10, 2015 10:30am Renewal of Vows Ceremony


Dharma ChakraSunday, July 12, 2015 10:30am Reverend Master Jiyu Ceremony


Dharma ChakraThursday, July 16 - Sunday, July 19, 2015 The Offering of Lay Training Retreat given by Rev. Master Kodo Kay
To live by Zen is to live an ordinary life
Great Master Eihei Dogen

Rev. Master Kodo Kay, who will lead this four-day retreat, will address the question: What is the offering of lay Buddhist training in our current world of environmental, political and economic uncertainty?

During this retreat we will explore how our work, relationships and the ordinary activities of daily life come alive with clarity, joy and purpose when we see them as the vehicle for realizing the Buddha's Truth for ourselves and all those around us. Because of our deep interconnection with all life, we see how putting into practice the timeless teachings of the Buddha has a profound ripple effect for the benefit of all beings. As a lay trainee wherever we are, whatever the circumstance becomes our field of training.

Rev. Master Kodo will draw on her twelve years of experience as a lay rainee in the world, prior to becoming a monk. In particular, she will talk about Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett's teachings on training in the world, using Roar of the Tigress (Volume One) as a reference.

The retreat includes Dharma talks, discussions and spiritual counseling, and is open to those who have some experience with Buddhist practice and meditation. Please note, however, that the retreat will be conducted in the Serene Reflection Meditation Tradition (Soto Zen). Meditation instruction will be available, if needed. The retreat also includes the Achalanatha Festival on Sunday as described below.


Dharma ChakraSunday, July 19, 2015 10:30am Festival of Achalantha Achalanatha's name means "the immovable one". He personifies the bright willingness to train, even in the midst of great suffering which is symbolized by the flames around him. He also represents courage, steadfastness, vigilance and determination.


Dharma ChakraThursday, July 23, 2015 10am 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.


Dharma ChakraSunday, July 26, 2015 10:30am Festival of Nagyaarajuna
Great Master Nagyaarajuna is the Fifteenth Ancestor in our lineage, having lived and trained in souther India in the 2nd-3rd century CE. He is especially revered for his teachings on prajna (wisdom) and shunyata (the immaculacy of emptiness) expressed succinctly in the Scripture of Great Wisdom. He is honored by all Mahayana traditions.


Dharma ChakraThursday, July 30, 2015 10:30am Renewal of Vows Ceremony


Dharma ChakraFriday through Sunday, July 31- August 2, 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.

pdfIntroduction to Serene Reflection Meditation Various articles Read/Download

Dharma ChakraSunday, August 9, 2015 10:30am Festival of Kshtigarbha The gentle Bodhisattva Kshtigarbha appears in the form of a kindly priest holding a monastic travelling staff and the wish-fulfilling jewel. He helps all those in the six world 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. He has also taken an unending vow to stand still at the gates to the hells, offering peace to all those who suffer because of the natural karmic consequence of evil acts. His name means "Earth Store", or "Earth Treasury".


Dharma ChakraAugust 16 - 23, 2015 Denkoroku Retreat given by Rev. Master Meian Elbert
When the vines have withered, the trees have fallen and the mountains have crumbled away,
The valley stream in cascades, will gush beyond its banks and the very rock will pour forth fire.

This retreat, offered by our abbess, Rev. Master Meian, will focus on Great Master Keizan’s Denkoroku, one of the two greatest writings of Soto Zen, the other be- ing Great Master Dogen’s Shobogenzo. Within the Denkoroku: The Record of the Transmission of the Light, are the stories of the passing on of the Dharma from ancestor to ancestor from the time of Shakyamuni Buddha through Dogen’s dis- ciple, Koun Ejo. “The exquisite underlying Truth runs, like a jade thread through a golden needle, throughout the book.” Rev. Master Meian will offer Dharma talks, Dharma discussions, and private spiritual counseling for each participant. This retreat is open to those with some experience of training within our Order.

Dharma ChakraOn Sunday, August 23, 2015 there is NO Festival Ceremony or Dharma Talk as we conclude the Denkoroku Retreat with a festive brunch beginning at 9:30am.


Dharma ChakraAugust 16 - 23, 2015 10:30am Meditation Sunday


Dharma ChakraSunday, August 30, 2015 10:30am Festival of Avalokiteshwara Avalokiteshwara, "Regarder of the Cries of the World or She who Hears the Cries of the World", is the Bodhisattva of Compassion dedicated to assuming 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.


Dharma ChakraFriday through Sunday, September 4 - 6, 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.

pdfIntroduction to Serene Reflection Meditation Various articles Read/Download



Dharma ChakraSunday, September 6, 2015 10:30am Festival of Great Master Dogen This festival memorial honors Great Master Eihei Dogen, the Japanese monk who brought the Serene Reflection teachings from China to Japan in the 13th century. He is considered the principal founder of Soto Zen in Japan and is highly respected by all Japanese Buddhist traditions. His life was characterized by a great resolve to seek for the Truth and an uncompromising purity in his practice of the Buddhist Way.

Dharma ChakraFriday through Sunday, September 25 - 27, 2015 Continuous 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, September 27, 2015 10:30am Festival of Bhaisajyaguru Bhaisajyaguru is the Buddha of Healing who offers compassionate teaching and blessing to all. His Medicine of the Dharma, found through meditation and training, cures the three poisons of greed, hate and delusion.

Dharma ChakraSunday, October 4, 2015 10:30am Festival of Bodhidharma Great Master Bodhidharma is revered as the First Chinese Ancestor. In the 5th century CE he left his home in southern India and traveled to China to spread the Dharma. Although Buddhism had been established in China for several hundred years, Bodhidharma was the first master to place primary emphasis on meditation. All the Zen schools are descended from him.

Dharma ChakraTuesday through Thursday, October 13 - 15, 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.

Dharma ChakraFriday through Sunday, October 23 - 25, 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.

pdfIntroduction to Serene Reflection Meditation Various articles Read/Download


Dharma ChakraTuesday through Thursday, October 29 - November 1, 2015 Feeding of the Hungry Ghost Retreat (Segaki)
This elaborate transfer of merit ceremony is intended for all those who have died, especially in tragic or disturbing circumstances, or who are in unfortunate states of existence.

Dharma ChakraSunday, November 1, 2015 10:30am Festival of the Founder This traditional memorial honors the Ancestor in the temple's lineage who founded it. For many OBC temples that monk is Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett. At Shasta Abbey, the founder is Great Master Keido Chisan (Koho Zenji), her Transmission master in Japan. It is customary to found a temple in the name of one's master. Koho Zenji was Chief Abbot of Soji-ji.

Dharma ChakraSunday, November 8, 2015 10:30am Festival of Great Master Houn Jiyu-Kennett
As the 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 great efforts and boundless compassion that we are able to encounter the Dharma and practice the Buddhist Way today.

Dharma ChakraTuesday through Thursday, November 10 - 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.

Dharma ChakraSunday, November 15, 2015 10:30am Festival of Remembrance Day This festival is a special memorial honoring those killed in war.

Dharma ChakraSunday, November 22, 2015 10:30am Festival of Buddhist Martyrs This memorial ceremony was inaugurated by Rev. Master Jiyu upon the discovery in the early 1990s of the mass graves of thousands of Buddhist monastics in Mongolia who were executed during the Soviet Communist regime. This ceremony offers merit to all those who have died as a result of their Buddhist faith.

Dharma ChakraThursday, November 26, 2015 10:30am Festival of Thanksgiving This festival is a ceremony of gratitude to the Buddhist Ancestors, and in the United States is celebrated on the national holiday of Thanksgiiving.

Dharma ChakraTuesday, December 1 through Thursday, December 10, 2015 The Monastery is closed for the Winter Monastic Retreat.