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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

Transfer of Merit Ceremony
October 26, 2014
10:30 am

Segaki Ceremony
November 1, 2014
10:30 am

Festival of the Founder
November 2, 2014
10:30 am

Festival Memorial for Rev. Master Jiyu Kennett
November 9, 2014
10:30 am

Remembrance Day Ceremony
November 16, 2014
10:30 am

Giving Oneself to the Present Moment and Doing What Needs to be Done
Rev. Master Astor Douglas
October 19, 2014

Rev. Master Meian Elbert
October 12, 2014

The Activity of Faith
Rev. Leon Kackman
October 5, 2014

Feeding of the Hungry Ghosts Retreat
October 30 - November 2, 2014

Introductory Retreat
November 21 -23, 2014

Winter Monastic Retreat
December 1 - 10, 2014
The Monastery is closed.

New Year Celebratory Retreat
December 28, 2014 - January 1, 2015

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Dharma Chakra News and Announcements

The Buddhist Supplies Shop will be open
SUNDAY, October 26
SUNDAY, November 9
SUNDAY, November 23

The 2015 calendars from Amber Lotus have arrived - we carry four types. We'll be getting in a large supply of the popular Amber Lotus cards as well, before Oct. 26th.
Recently a group of Vietnamese nuns visited the Abbey and kindly donated many statues of the the Buddha's head, which we will be selling as dana.
This past week the shop purchased many outstanding items from Shakya Design here in Mt. Shasta: various size gongs with cushions and strikers, a small altar, shadow boxes and night lights of Kanzeon and the Buddha, mala cases, small and large statues, meditation shawls, and other items.
As always, we gratefully accept your offerings of Buddhist books that the shop can then sell as dana. On behalf of Friends of Shasta Abbey, I thank all of you for your continued support of the gift shop. See you there!
With bows on a rainy day, Laurie

Regarding the Alms Round
We have discontinued our monthly alms round for now due to the recent fire in Weed. We would prefer that food donations be given to those in our community who are in greater need. Why do the monks go on the alms round? When we walk through the town on our alms round, our main intention is to bless the town and all the beings we encounter, whether any offering is made or not, rather than asking for anything. We also perform our alms round in order to give people the opportunity to make an offering and, if they wish, to offer the merit of that offering to someone, maybe a sick relative or friend, someone who has died, or simply all beings.

Donations through AmazonSmile
Amazon has created a foundation to administer donations to designated charitable organizations based on a percentage of your purchases. It is a simple way to support Shasta Abbey every time you shop at Amazon. If you wish to designate Shasta Abbey as the charity, a percentage of all further purchases you make will automatically go to the monastery. Please click here to designate Shasta Abbey as your program recipient.

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