THE MONASTERY IS CLOSED FROM SEPTEMBER 15 THROUGH OCTOBER 3, 2017 AS WE HOST THE CONCLAVE OF THE ORDER OF BUDDHIST CONTEMPLATIVES. The monastery is closed as senior teachers of the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives from Europe and North America come together.
THERE ARE NO CEREMONIES OR DHAMA TALKS ON SEPTEMBER 17 AND 24, AND OCTOBER 1, 2017.
THE BODHIDHARMA FESTIVAL HAS BEEN MOVED TO OCTOBER 15, 2017.
THE MONASTERY RE-OPENS ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2017.
Friday, October 6, 2017 10:30am Renewal of Vows Ceremony Please join us as we renew our commitment to keeping the Precepts and the Bodhisattva Vows.
Saturday, October 7, 2017 7:00pm Vigil of Bhaisajyaguru
Sunday, October 8, 2017 Festival of Bhaisajyaguru Bhaisajyaguru is the Buddha of Healing who offers compassionate teaching and blessings to all. His Medicine of the Dharma, found through meditation and training, cures the three poisons of greed, hate and delusion. He is usually associated with the blue-hued gem lapis lazuli shot through with flecks of gold, symbolizing the tiny points of Light within the darkness of illness and suffering.
Wednesday, October 11 through Friday, October 13, 2017 Silent Meditation Retreat This three-day Silent Meditation Retreat focuses 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. Monks are asked to put aside monastic office responsibilities as much as possible to go deeply into the heart of meditation. Lay participants likewise are invited to deepen their meditation in this quiet and reflective time. Committed practitioners who have spent time at the Abbey may consult the Guestmaster about attending this Retreat.
Saturday, October 14, 2017 2:00pm Memorial for Danny Dircks.
Sunday, October 15, 2017 10:30am Festival of Great Master Bodhidharma Great Master Bodhidharma is revered as the First Chinese Ancestor. In the 5th century C.E. he left his home in southern India and traveled to China to spread the Dharma. Although Buddhism had been established in China for several hundred years, Bodhidharma was the first master to place primary emphasis on meditation. All the Zen schools are descended from him, and he has a small altar dedicated to him to the left of the Founder’s Shrine in Soto Zen ceremony halls.
Wednesday, October 18 through Sunday, October 22, 2017 Lay Ministers Retreat This retreat is for Lay Ministers of the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives.
Thursday, October 19, 2017 10:30am Alms Round in Mount Shasta For more than 2,500 years since the time of the Buddha, Buddhist monks have walked the Alms Round. This practice is said to create a field of merit for all sentient beings, an opportunity to show the true qualities of the heart. Freely giving from a generous heart loosens the grip of selfishness. Both donor and recipient are enriched by this practice. We are very grateful to be able to carry on this tradition in Mount Shasta. We are indebted to the officials and the community of Mount Shasta for allowing us to practice the ancient way of the Buddha. The Alms Round reminds monks that their practice is not just an individual matter and that they depend on, and are indebted to, others for food and sustenance. The Alms Round provides the community of Mount Shasta with the opportunity to offer alms and support to the monastery. The monks walking the Alms Round view it as an opportunity to offer blessings and merit to the town of Mount Shasta as well as the local area, and to all the individuals we encounter as we walk.
Sunday, October 22, 2017 10:30am Transfer of Merit Ceremony Please join us as we offer merit for all beings, known and unknown, who are in difficult situations or who are in need of merit.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 10:30am Renewal of Vows Ceremony Please join us as we renew our commitment to keeping the Precepts and the Bodhisattva Vows.
October 26 – 29, 2017 FEEDING OF THE HUNGRY GHOST RETREAT
The importance of offering merit, particularly for those who have died in distressing circumstances or unsettled states of mind, is at the heart of this retreat. Dharma talks examine what it means to offer merit, how we can truly help those who are suffering, and how we can convert our own craving and greed through the practice of the Dharma. In the Feeding of the Hungry Ghosts Ceremony, we offer the food of the Dharma to all beings who have died under painful, difficult or despairing circumstances.
Saturday October 28, 2017 10:30am Ceremony of the Feeding of the Hungry Ghosts This elaborate Transfer of Merit ceremony is intended for all those who have died, especially those in the last year or in tragic circumstances, as well as those who find themselves in unfortunate states of existence. A special altar is prepared with a great variety of food to represent the wealth and nourishment of the Dharma.
Saturday October 28, 2017 7:15pm Ceremony of the Segaki Toro In darkness outdoors we hold a ceremonial burning of paper memorial tablets with the names of the dead. This signifies the purifying of their karma.
Sunday October 29, 2017 10:30am Festival of the Founder This traditional memorial honors the Ancestor in the temple’s lineage who founded it. For many OBC temples that monk if Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett. At Shasta Abbey, the first monastery established by Rev. Master Jiyu, the founder is Great Master Keido Chisan Koho Zenji, her Transmission Master in Japan. It is customary to found a temple in the name of one’s master. Koho Zenji died on November 1, 1967. He was the Chief Abbot of Daihonzan Sojiji, one of the two head training monasteries of Soto Zen in Japan.