Weekly Meditation Group Meetings, Mondays 7 – 9 p.m.
The meditation group meets regularly on Monday evenings at the Applegate Community Center in Applegate, California. The evenings include half hour periods of meditation, scripture recitation followed by tea and Dharma discussion. Meditation instruction is available for those new to the practice. The weekly meetings are open to anyone interested in learning more about this form of Zen Buddhism. There is no charge or membership required to participate. Unless otherwise noted, all meetings, classes and retreats take place at the Applegate Civic Center, 18014 Applegate Road, Applegate, CA.
We will continue reading and discussing the book You Have to Say Something by Dainan Katagiri. You needn’t be reading the book to come to the meditation group and join us for meditation and the discussion of the Dharma.
Roots of Zen Buddhism from India to the West
Beginning in April, a series of Monday evening classes will be offered exploring the historic and spiritual roots of Zen Buddhism. Andrea Spark and Pam Johnson, Lay Ministers, will lead the three 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.
Please note: There will be no meditation group meeting on Monday evening, June 4th, 2018 while the Applegate Civic Center is set up for the election on Tuesday.