In addition to the Monday evening meditation group meetings, the Bear River Meditation Group regularly offers half and full day retreats which are listed below. For more information on the regular weekly meetings and updates on the focus of Dharma discussions at those meetings, please go to the Weekly Schedule.
Meditation instruction is available at our regular Monday evening meditation group meetings as well as at retreats. Please contact us for more information if you are new to this form of meditation practice and plan to join us.
Full and half day retreats are planned throughout the year. These retreats are led by Senior Teachers of Buddhism from Shasta Abbey as well as monks from other temples within the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives. The retreat dates for 2018 are listed below. More information on the focus of individual retreats will be posted as it becomes available.
All retreats and activities of the meditation group are offered free and are open to all who would like to attend. Donations, generally referred to as Dana, are gratefully accepted to support the activites of the meditation group and to help support the monastic community of Shasta Abbey Buddhist Monastery.
UPCOMING RETREATS, CLASSES, EVENTS AND MONASTIC VISITS
Upcoming retreats and monastic visits are listed below. Please contact us if you have questions or wish to be included on our email list to receive information about upcoming events via email. We appreciate it if you can let us know if you plan to join us for a retreat.
2018 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
More information will be posted about each of the following dates as it becomes available.
Roots of Zen Buddhism from India to the West
Beginning in April, a series of classes will be offered exploring the historic and spiritual roots of Zen Buddhism. Andrea Spark and Pam Johnson, Lay Ministers, will lead the three Monday evening classes beginning on Monday, April 23rd. Reverend Master Astor Douglas, a Senior Monk from Shasta Abbey Buddhist Monastery will lead a half day retreat at the end of the series. The retreat will be held on Saturday, May 12th from 8:30 am – Noon. The class series and retreat are free and open to anyone with an interest in Zen Buddhism. The Monday evening classes and Saturday morning retreat will take place at the Applegate Community Center, 18014 Applegate Road, Applegate, California. No registration is required to attend the class series and retreat, though it is helpful to know how many people to expect. Contact us to let us know if you might join us, or with further questions.
Monday, April 23rd, 7 – 8:30 pm “Early Buddhism in India”
The first class in the series on The Roots of Zen Buddhism will introduce the basic teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha and explore the different streams of Buddhism flowing from these teachings.
Monday, April 30th, 7 – 8:30 pm “The Development of Chan Buddhism in China”
In the second class, we will look at the movement of Buddhism to China; Chinese cultural influences; the spiritual teachings of Bodhidharma; concluding with the movement of Chan Buddhism, later translated as “Zen” to other countries in the East.
Monday, May 7th, 7 – 8:30 pm “Zen Buddhism in Japan and the West”
In the third class in the series we will discuss the influence of Great Master Dogen, a renowned Japanese monk who went to find “the true teachings” in China and brought his understanding back to Japan. We will look at Dogen’s influence on subsequent Soto Zen practice in Japan, and his influence on teachers such as Suzuki Roshi, Maezumi Roshi and Houn Jiyu Kennett Roshi, each of whom then brought the teachings to California.
Saturday, May 12th, 8:30 am to 12 noon “Introduction to Zen Practice”
Reverend Master Astor Douglas, a monk from Shasta Abbey Buddhist Monastery, will lead the half day retreat. She will offer basic instruction in the Zen form of meditation (also called Silent Illumination or Serene Reflection Meditation) and introduce the place of ceremonial in the practice. The morning will include periods of meditation, participation in ceremonies, coffee and tea and the opportunity for questions and discussion. The retreat is free and open to anyone with an interest in experiencing the basic practice of Zen Buddhism. Everyone is invited to join the Bear River Meditation Group for an informal, brown bag vegetarian picnic lunch in Meadow Vista Park following the retreat.
Retreat – Sunday, July 8th, 1- 5 pm with Reverend Master Meiko Jones, a monk from Shasta Abbey Buddhist Monastery.
Retreat – Saturday, September 1st, 9 am – 3 pm with Reverend Master Daishin Yalon, Vice Abbot of Shasta Abbey Buddhist Monastery.
Retreat – Saturday, October 13th, 9 am – 3 pm with Reverend Vivian Grunenfelder, a Senior Teacher of Buddhism from Shasta Abbey.
Rohatsu (Bodhi Day) Celebration of the historical Buddha’s Enlightenment to be announced.
Sunday, December 16th, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm Potluck Dinner and Offering Ceremony with a monk from Shasta Abbey.
Additional events are being planned by the meditation group throughout the year including day hikes, movie nights, pot luck meals. If you would like to be notified of such events, please contact us to be put on the email notification list.
Unless otherwise noted, all meetings, classes and retreats take place at the Applegate Community Center, 18014 Applegate Road, Applegate, CA