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 2016 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.
Friday, December 7th, 8 – 9:30 pm and Saturday, December 8th, 6:30 am – 8 am at Applegate Community Center. Please join us for Rohatsu (Bodhi Day) a celebration of the historical Buddha’s Enlightenment. We will meet at the Applegate Community Center at 8:00 pm on Dec. 7 to meditate together, starting with a scripture recitation, then sitting, walking, and sitting meditation until 9:30 pm. During the final sitting the precentor will read the story of Buddha’s Enlightenment. We will then leave the hall silently and go home, returning for a sunrise meditation and scripture recitation beginning at 6:30 am on Friday morning followed by coffee and tea together.
Sunday, December 17th, 2017
Potluck Dinner and Offering Ceremony 4:30 – 8 pm
Reverend Master Daishin Yalon is planning on coming down from Shasta Abbey for this event. It will start with a Potluck Dinner and be followed by the Offering Ceremony at the Applegate Community Center. Please contact us if you plan to join us for this special evening.
2018 TENTATIVE CALENDAR
Every Day Mind is the Way
Intensive Practice Week January 21 – 30th We are looking forward to ten days of intensive practice with Reverend Vivian Grunenfelder again this January. Those familiar with our practice are invited to join us for daily meditation periods, ceremonies, discussions, and other activities. Please contact us for more information, the week schedule and locations.
Recommended reading for discussions during the week is: Dogen’s Shobogenzo, chapter six titled Soku-Shin-Ze-Butsu (translated variously as Your Very Mind Is Buddha, Mind Here and Now is Buddha, Every Day Mind is the Way).
Meditation Group Meetings, January 22nd and 29th
While she is here, Reverend Vivian will join us for the regular Monday evening meditation group meetings in Applegate.
Retreat – Saturday, January 27th, 9 am – 3 pm
The retreat will be led by Reverend Vivian Grunenfelder, a Senior Teacher of Buddhism from Shasta Abbey Buddhist Monastery. The retreat will be held at the Applegate Community Center.
In February we will celebrate Parinirvana with a ceremony at one of our regular Monday evening meditation group meetings. This is a celebration of the Buddha’s Death and Last Teachings. Watch for more information and a posting of the date for the ceremony.
March 2nd – 4th, The Bear River Meditation Group will travel together to Shasta Abbey Buddhist Monastery to attend the weekend Continuing Practice Retreat – The Three Treasures: A True Refuge. Please contact us if you would like to join us for the retreat and coordinate ride sharing. Please also contact the Guestmaster at Shasta Abbey to make arrangements for your visit.
Class Series: Roots of Zen Buddhism: From India to the West – Series of three classes to be offered by Andrea Spark and Pam Johnson with a monk’s visit to follow.
Monday evenings, April 23rd, April 30th, and May 7th, 7 – 9 pm
Retreat – Introduction to Serene Reflection Meditation Retreat – Saturday, May 12th, 9 am – 3 pm to be led by a monk from Shasta Abbey. Anyone with an interest in Buddhism is welcome to attend the class series and retreat.
Retreat – Sunday, July 8th, 1- 5 pm with a monk from Shasta Abbey.
Retreat – Saturday, September 1st, 9 am – 3 pm with a monk from Shasta Abbey.
Retreat – Saturday, October 13th, 9 am – 3 pm with a monk 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