Wednesday, July 26, 2017 10:30am Renewal of Vows Ceremony In this ceremony we renew our commitment to the Bodhisattva Vow and affirm our dedication to the Precepts.
Sunday, July 30, 2017 10:30am Festival of Kshtigarbha The gentle Bodhisattva Kshtigarbha appears in the form of a kindly priest holding a monastic travelling staff and the wish-fulfilling gem. He is looked upon as helping all those in the six worlds who are in dire, disadvantaged or vulnerable circumsyances, and as such has come to be regarded as the special protector of children, expectant mothers, animals, and travelers. Kshtigarbha has taken an unending vow to stand still at the gate to the hells, offering peace to all those who suffer because of the natural karmic consequence of evil acts. He, along with Avalokiteshwara, is one of the Bodhisattvas often portrayed as coming to greet the faithful trainee at the time of death. His name means “Earth Store” or “Earth Treasury”.
Sunday, August 6, 2017 10:30am Meditation Sunday Please join us for a 40-minute period of meditation, lay congregation and monks together, in the Buddha Hall. This meditation period is followed by a Dharma Talk and Tea.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017 10:30am Renewal of Vows Ceremony In this ceremony we renew our commitment to the Bodhisattva Vow and affirm our dedication to the Precepts.
Friday, August 11 – Sunday, August 13, 2017 Introductory Retreat
An Introductory Retreat introduces guests new to Shasta Abbey to the Serene Reflection (Soto Zen) practice in a monastic setting. It provides down-to-earth help for taking this practice back into daily life outside the monastery gates. Introductory Retreats offer meditation instruction, periods of seated meditation, Dharma talks and informal discussions about meditation, mindfulness and the basic teachings of Serene Reflection. The retreat concludes with an informal tea for retreat guests, monks and our local congregation.
Sunday, August 13, 2017 10:30am Transfer of Merit Ceremony We offer merit for all beings, known and unknown, who are experiencing difficulties in their lives in this Transfer of Merit Ceremony.
Sunday, August 20, 2017 10:30am Meditation Sunday Please join us for a 40-minute period of meditation, lay congregation and monks together, in the Buddha Hall. This meditation period is followed by a Dharma Talk and Tea.
Sunday, August 20 – Sunday, August 27, 2017 TEACHINGS OF OUR TRADITION RETREAT
This retreat, which will be led by several different senior monks of our Order of Buddhist Contemplatives, will look at various facets of the profound Teachings of the Serene Reflection Meditation tradition. Each monk will bring their unique experience and understanding of the Dharma and will offer Dharma talks, Dharma discussions, and private spiritual counseling upon request. This retreat is open to those with some experience of Soto Zen meditation and practice. “The practice of serene reflection meditation, the keeping of the sixteen Precepts, the principle that all beings are at heart Buddha, and gratitude” – the primary teachings and practices of our lineage as stated in the Bylaws of the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives.
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 10:30am Renewal of Vows Ceremony In this ceremony we renew our commitment to the Bodhisattva Vow and affirm our dedication to the Precepts.
Sunday, September 3, 2017 10:30am Festival Memorial for Great Master Dogen
Sunday, September 17 – 30, 2017 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.