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.
Festival of Avalokiteshwara February 14, 2016
Rev. Master Hubert
February 20, 2016
Festival of the Buddha's Parinirvana February 21, 2016
Festival of Samantabhadra February 28, 2016
and the Middle Way Rev. Master Meian Elbert
February 7, 2016 Listen/Download
Endings and Beginnings Rev. Master Meian Elbert
January 1, 2016 Listen/Download
the Source of the Light Rev. Master Oswin Hollenbeck
December 27, 2015 Listen/Download
February 12 - 14, 2016
Great Renewal of Vows
February 17 - 18, 2016
Rev. Master Hubert Nearman
February 20, 2016
February 26 - 28, 2016
March 9 - 11, 2016
Jukai: Taking of
The Ten Precepts Retreat March 20 - 27, 2016
On February 2nd at around 7:50 pm Rev. Master Hubert died very peacefully at the age of 84 after a long decline in his health. His funeral will be at 10:30 am on Saturday, February 20th.
Rev. Master Hubert was a person of many talents. He spoke a number of languages,
and was a scholar
of Sanskrit and classical Chinese and Japanese. Before becoming a monk he studied and received a doctorate in theatre, and he lectured at universities in the United States and Australia. In particular he was a leading authority on classical Japanese Noh theatre, which led him to Buddhism. He was ordained as a monk by Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett in 1988 and received Transmission from her in 1992. He was named as a Master of the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives in 2010. At Rev. Master Jiyu's request he translated a number of Buddhist works, notably the whole of Great Master Dogen's Shobogenzo, Great Master Keizan's Denkoroku, and all the texts in Buddhist Writings. However, he felt that his most important achievement was his translation of the Shurangama Litany, the dharani or mantra from the Shurangama Sutra. His is the only English translation presently available, made from Sanskrit and Tibetan sources.
Above all, Rev. Master Hubert was a monk of great kindness and wisdom,
and a dear friend to us all. We feel honoured to have had him
as a member of our community for the past 28 years, and he will be sadly missed.