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 remaining retreat dates for 2018 and schedule for 2019 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 and the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives.
SCHEDULE OF UPCOMING EVENTS AND MONASTIC VISITS
More information about each event will be posted as it becomes available.
Sunday, June 30th, 1 – 5 pm
Fully Occupy Your Whole Body
Applegate Civic Center
Reverend Vivian Gruenenfelder, a Senior Teacher from Shasta Abbey Buddhist Monastery will join us to offer a half day retreat focused on the role of the body, and awareness of the body, in our Buddhist training. We often think and speak of our Buddhist practice as a training of the mind, and can easily forget that the mind is part of the body, and the body is a part of the mind — and heart. During this retreat we will explore the relationship between these, and ways in which attention to the body can benefit us in our practice. In preparation, we might all give some care to noticing our normal everyday relationship to our bodies, and how we make use of that information as we train. To what extent do our bodies support us as we practice, what difficulties do they present, and how do they interpenetrate our minds and hearts?
The half day retreat will include periods of meditation, ceremony, a Dharma Talk, some simple yoga, tea and cookies, as well as opportunities for questions and discussion. Meditation instruction will be available for those new to the practice. The retreat is free, though donations are appreciated. Please contact us if you plan to join us for the retreat or have questions.
July 25th – 28th Abbey Visit to Shasta Abbey
The meditation group will go up to Shasta together for a Continuing Practice Retreat. Those wishing to go should contact the Abbey Guestmaster. We will coordinate ride-sharing for the trip.
Saturday, August 31st, 9 am – 3 pm
Reverend Master Daishin Yalon, Vice Abbot of Shasta Abbey Buddhist Monastery will join us for the full day retreat.
Saturday, October 5th, 9 am – 3 pm
Full Day Retreat
December 7th and 8th, Rohatsu
We will celebrate Rohatsu on the night of December 7th and morning of December 8th, the times and location to be announced.
Sunday, December 15th, 4 – 8 pm
Potluck Dinner and Offering Ceremony with a monk from Shasta Abbey.
Additional events are planned by the meditation group throughout the year including day hikes, movie nights and pot luck meals. This year we are also looking into taking a trip to San Francisco to go to the Asian Museum. 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 Civic Center, 18014 Applegate Road, Applegate, CA