Guests are most welcome to visit to the Abbey. If you are coming for the first time, we suggest that you come for a tour of the grounds, attend a Sunday festival, come for meditation instruction, or participate in an Introductory Retreat.
We welcome visitors to Shasta Abbey. The monastery usually offers tours – by appointment – on Tuesdays through Saturdays. The tours last about an hour and include the guest house, kitchen, Buddha Hall, and Stupa plus the grounds. We are happy to answer any questions you might have about our monastery and Buddhist practice. If you would like to arrange for a tour please contact the Guest Office at 530-926-4208 ext. 305 or the Guestmaster. Please include your phone number when you make an email reservation. Tours start at the Visitors’ Gate which is gate 4 and has a call box.
Sundays offer several opportunities to visit the monastery.
Most Sundays we have a ceremony at 10:30 a.m. that involves incense offering, chanting of scriptures and singing invocations. After the ceremony there is a public Dharma Talk, followed by a social tea. You are welcome to come to the whole of our Sunday events, as well as to any of them individually. If you are coming for the first time, please arrive by 9:45 a.m. so that we can give you a brief tour and orientation. Please confirm with the Guestmaster if you plan to come to a Sunday service.
We sometimes have a Meditation Sunday when monks, lay congregation members and visitors sit in meditation in the Buddha Hall for a 40 minute meditation period. Meditation Sundays are noted on our monthly calendar. If you are coming for the first time, please arrive by 9:30 a.m. for the meditation instruction. Please let the Guestmaster know if you are planning to attend.
Meditation instruction is offered most Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. in the Guest House. Included is time to meditate, as well as to ask questions on this form of practice. We also provide Meditation Instruction at 9:30 a.m. on Meditation Sundays. Please call the Guestmaster if you are planning to attend Meditation Instruction on either day.
Introductory Retreats begin to provide some answers to the questions that bring us to Buddhist practice. These retreats offer an introduction to the Serene Reflection (Soto Zen) practice in a monastic setting. They provide down-to-earth suggestions for taking this practice into one’s daily life outside the monastery gates. Please go to Retreats for more information.