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Welcome to Shasta Abbey
Shasta Abbey is a Buddhist monastery in the Serene Reflection Meditation (Soto Zen) Tradition. A monastery of the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives, it was founded by Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett in 1970 as a training place for Buddhist monks, male and female, and a place of practice for lay people. We offer the Dharma to all who wish to come. Please see our Visiting Section.

The monastery, located near the town of Mount Shasta in northern California, offers retreats, ceremonies, teaching and spiritual counseling, as well as the opportunity to train within a monastic schedule. This website offers Dharma Talks, scriptures and religious writings that you will find in the Teachings Section as well as information on the life of the Four-fold Sangha throughout these pages. Please note you may translate this page into other languages by clicking here. We welcome your interest, comments, and feedback.
Dharma Chakra Coming Events

Dharma Chakra Recent Talks

Dharma Chakra Coming Retreats

On Sunday, April 26th, 2015, there is no festival ceremony or Dharma Talk. The monastery is closed as we celebrate our Spring Monastic Retreat


Memorial Ceremony
for Rev. Master Jiyu
May 3, 2015
10:30 am

Transfer of Merit
May 10, 2015
10:30 am

Vigil for Wesak
May 16, 2015

for the Eve of Wesak
May 16, 2015

Wesak Ceremony
May 17, 2015
10:30 am

Rev. Master Chosei Swann
April 19, 2015

The Birth of the Buddha:
A Hope-Filled Opportunity
Rev. Master Daishin Yalon
April 12, 2015

Get Unused To It
Rev. Master Meian Elbert
April 5, 2015

The monastery is closed as we celebrate our Spring Monastic Retreat.
April 22 - 30, 2015

Wesak Celebratory Retreat
May 15 - 17, 2015

Lay Ministers Retreat
May 20 - 24, 2015

Jewels from the Shobogenzo
June 7 - 14, 2015

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(More Information on Retreats)

Dharma Chakra News and Announcements

Journal of the OBC Annual of Articles 2014 is available through lulu.com. This annual publication is a compilation of the articles featured in the digital quarterly Journal of the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives in 2014. These articles on practice were written by monks and lay practitioners of Soto Zen Buddhism in our tradition. Lulu.com will send the book directly to you. Buying the Annual from Lulu will provide the OBC Journal close to approx. $4.50 per book to help cover other costs of the Journal, and continue to make the Dharma available to our Sangha. Please click here Journal of the OBC Annual of Articles for further information.                            

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