Wednesday, October 7, 2015 10:30am Memorial for Edie de Chadenedes
Thursday, October 8, 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.
Friday through Sunday, October 9 - 11, 2015 Chico and Bear River Meditation Groups Retreat
Sunday, October 11, 2015 10:30am Reverend Master Jiyu Ceremony
Tuesday 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.
Sunday, October 18, 2015 10:30am Meditation Sunday
Friday 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. Orientation to Shasta Abbey Retreats
Typical Introductory Retreat Schedule
Reflections on Aspects of Meditation Rev. Master Daishin Yalon Listen/Download 10/11/09
More Reflections on Aspects of Meditation Rev. Master Daishin Yalon Listen/Download 10/25/09
Everyday Mind is the Way Reverend Master Daizui MacPhillamy Listen/Download
Introduction to Serene Reflection Meditation Various articles Read/Download
Sunday, October 25, 2015 10:30am Transfer of Merit Ceremony
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 10:30am Renewal of Vows Ceremony
Thursday through Sunday, October 29 - November 1, 2015 Feeding of the Hungry Ghost Retreat
Saturday, October 31, 2015 10:30am Feeding of the Hungry Ghost Ceremony (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.
Sunday, 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.
Saturday, November 7, 2015 9:30am through lunch Friends of Shasta Abbey (FOSA) Work Day Please join us in working together on projects that maintain and strength the fabric of the monastery. You may come for the full day or any part of it that your schedule allows.
Sunday, 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.
Tuesday 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.
Sunday, November 15, 2015 10:30am Festival of Remembrance Day This festival is a special memorial honoring those killed in war.
Sunday, 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.
Thursday, 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.
Tuesday, December 1 through Thursday, December 10, 2015 The Monastery is closed for the Winter Monastic Retreat.