Sunday, February 26, 2017, 10:30am Festival of Samantabhadra Samantabhadra is the personification of Great Love, particularly as it is expressed through the activity of one who has taken the Bodhisattva vow. Her name means “Full of Virtue”, “Universal Love’, or “Universal Goodness”. Samantabhadra rides a white elephant with six tusks: the white elephant is a symbol of purity in the East and the six tusks represent the six paramita practices (or “perfections”) which a Bodhisattva cultivates on her or his way to Buddhahood.
Samantabhadra Pervades All Things Rev. Master Meian Elbert 03-09-14 19 min/6 MB
Friday, March 3 – Sunday, March 5, 2017 Continuing Practice Retreat STILLNESS IN ACTIVITY; ACTIVITY IN STILLNESS RETREAT As we learn to sit still in our meditation practice by not grasping after or pushing away anything, we become gradually able to take that stillness into the activity of our daily lives. During this retreat we will explore the question of how to live a spiritual life and train in this world of patience as a Buddhist: how do the Precepts work together with meditation practice, particularly in providing a vehicle for taking stillness into responsible action. “Spirituality might be described as activity in stillness and stillness in activity.” Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett in Zen is Eternal Life.
Buddhist Martyrs: Stillness Within Difficulties Rev. Master Shiko Rom 11-23-14 38 min/14MB
The Real World is Just Where You Are: Unconditional and Consistent Practice Rev. Master Daishin Yalon 05-13-12 35 min/12 MB
Sunday, March 5, 2017 10:30am Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett Memorial Shasta Abbey owes its existence to the late Reverend Master Jiyu-Kennett. Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett served twenty-six years as Abbess and spiritual director of Shasta Abbey, ordaining and teaching monks and lay people. She founded Throssel Hole Buddhist Abbey in England in 1972 and was Head of the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives with its numerous priories and meditation groups in North America and Europe. She died on November 6, 1996. This Memorial Ceremony is an offering of gratitude for her rich legacy of Buddhist monastic training, opportunities for Buddhist lay practice, publications, audio talks and liturgy and ceremonial.
Wednesday, March 8 – Friday, March 10, 2017 Silent Meditation Retreat The focus of this Three-Day Meditation 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. Please contact the Guestmaster if you are interested in attending this retreat.
Sunday, March 12, 2017 10:30am Festival of the Spring Equinox The equinoxes are considered the times when things hold the most potential for change because all things are then equal – the best time for finding the Eternal. This ceremony is often illustrated by a scroll of an old man asking directions from a young child, pointing out the necessity of asking and accepting help from everyone and everything. The Equinox Ceremony is that of the Feeding of the Hungry Ghosts (Segaki).
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 10:30am Renewal of Vows Ceremony
Sunday, March 19, 2017 10:30am Meditation Sunday Please join us at 10:30am in the Buddha Hall for a period of seated meditation – monks, congregation members and visitors together.
Saturday, March 25, 2017 10:30am Renewal of Vows Ceremony
Sunday, March 19, – Sunday, March 26, 2017 JUKAI: Taking of the Ten Precepts Retreat The Ten Precepts are at the heart of the tradition of Serene Reflection Meditation. The Ten Precepts Retreat is the doorway through which those who wish to become lay Buddhists make their commitment to the Precepts. It is also a time for those who have previously made this commitment to reaffirm it. Through the five traditional ceremonies, as well as in Dharma talks and daily practice, this retreat explores the fundamental aspects of receiving and living the Precepts. Those who have attended an Introductory Retreat, and those who have participated in training at a Priory of the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives, are welcome to apply. We invite people who wish to take the Precepts for the first time and those who wish to deepen their understanding of, and resolve to keep, the Precepts to share this joyous week with us.
What It Means to be a Buddhist Rev. Master Daizui MacPhillamy 2001 50 min/15 MB
Buddhism in Plain English Rev. Master Daizui MacPhillamy 1999 65 min/23 MB
On the Precepts Rev. Master Daizui MacPhillamy 1997 80 min/27 MB
A History of the Precepts Rev. Master Daizui MacPhillamy 20027 80 min/27 MB
Saturday, April 1, 2017 7:00pm Vigil for Manjusri
Sunday, April 2, 2017 10:30am Festival of Manjusri Bodhisattva Manjusri is the Bodhisattva of Wisdom. His name translates as “Gentle Glory”, “the Wonderful Fortunate One”, or “the One who is Noble and Gentle”. He is usually portrayed as a fair youth or maiden riding a fierce lion-like beast representing the self. In one hand he holds a sword with which to free oneself from attachments and delusion; in the other hand he holds a blue lotus upon which rests The Scripture of Great Wisdom. In Soto Zen monastic meditation halls Manjusri often appears on the altar as a monk whose body merges with the beast – that is, becomes one with the unconverted ego through the complete and loving conversion of the self.
Friday, April 7 – Sunday, April 9, 2017 Introductory Retreat Introductory Retreats begin to provide some answers to the questions that bring us to Buddhist practice. These retreats offer guests new to Shasta Abbey 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. 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 your questions. There is also the opportunity for private spiritual counseling.
Sunday, April 9, 2017 10:30am Festival of the Birth of the Buddha This ceremony celebrates the Buddha Shakyamuni’s birth, traditionally observed in Mahayana Buddhism on April 8. His birthplace in Lumbini Park, a beautiful garden in what is now Nepal, is represented by a flower-adorned canopy, under which a statue of a small child Buddha stands upright pointing to heaven and earth proclaiming His appearance in the world. The white elephant, upon which the canopy rests, is a symbol of holiness in Asia and figured prominently in a dream of His mother, Queen Maya, at the time of His conception.
Sunday, April 16, 2017 10:30am Festival of Great Master Keizan Together with Great Master Dogen, Great Master Keizan Jokin is honored as one of the co-founders of Soto Zen in Japan. His dedicated efforts in the 14th century caused the tradition to spread widely throughout the country, and his warm-hearted concern for the common people earned him the epithet of “the mother of Soto Zen”. Keizan wrote most of our Soto Zen ceremonial. He founded Soji-ji Temple, one of the two head monasteries in Japan, where Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett studied and trained. His Denkoroku: The Record of the Transmission of the Light is a key text studied in our tradition.
Tuesday, April 18, through Thursday, April 27, 2017 The monastery will be closed as we observe our Spring Monastic Retreat.