In addition to the regular Monday evening meditation group meetings, the Bear River Meditation Group regularly offers classes, public talks on Buddhism and day long retreats. See the dates, below for the classes and retreats planned for 2015. For more information on the regular weekly meetings and updates on the focus of Dharma discussions at those meetings, please go to the schedule.

Meditation Instruction

Meditation instruction is available at our regular Monday evening meditation group meetings. Please contact us for more information if you plan to come.

Full and half day retreats are planned throughout the year. These retreats are led by senior monks and Teachers of Buddhism from Shasta Abbey as well as monks from other temples within the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives. The retreat dates for 2015 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. Meditation instruction is providedat retreats for those unfamiliar with the practice of Serene Reflection Meditation.

The dates of retreats and monastic visits are listed below. More information on each event will be added as it becomes available. Please contact us if you have questions or wish to be included on our email list to receive information about coming events via email.

Saturday, August 29th - Full Day Retreat
9 am - 3 pm
Applegate Community Center
18014 Applegate Road
Applegate, CA

Reverend Master Kodo Kay, a Zen monk from Shasta Abbey Buddhist Monastery will lead the retreat, focusing on Great Master Dogen's scripture "Rules for Meditation". She says, " I understand that you have been studying this scripture so let us continue to explore it with the help of Rev. Master Koten's commentaries. How can we deepen our meditation practice and how do we allow it to be a refuge that sustains and guides us in the midst of the gravity of the current conditions of our world on a global level, as well as in our personal sphere? What does Dogen mean by phrases such as 'forsaking your own seat; when the opposites arise the Buddha Mind is lost; do not spend so much time rubbing only a part of the elephant'? Let's look at how these teachings can help us when we get off the cushion or chair." Please bring a brown bag vegetarian lunch if you plan to join us for the retreat. It's helpful to know about how many people are coming, so please contact us if you plan to come.

The two commentaries by RM Koten Benson are linked below.
What Do We Mean by Meditation? by RM Koten Benson
How to Meditate Without Sitting Down by RM Koten Benson


Meditation Group Retreat to Shasta, October 9 - 11

The meditation group will carpool to Shasta Abbey Buddhist Monastery for a retreat together with the Chico Serene Reflection Meditation Group. Please contact us for more information about the retreat and car pooling information.

Saturday, November 7th
Half Day Retreat
9 am - 12:30 pm

A monk from Shasta Abbey Buddhist Monastery will lead the retreat. More information will be posted here as it becomes available. All retreats are free and open to the public. Meditation instruction is available for those new to the practice.

Monday, December 14th - Offering Ceremony
We will join together to make offerings to the monastic community of Shasta Abbey Buddhist Monastery. The evening will include the Offering Ceremony, a Dharma Talk and either a potluck dinner of dessert buffet.

Movie Nights
This year we are planning on having a few "Movie Nights". The first movie we watched together was "Zen", a movie about the life of Dogen. Others we have talked about viewing together include: “Amongst White Clouds” a documentary on Chinese mountain hermit monks; “Buddha’s Lost Children” about a Buddhist monk setting up a monastery to help orphans and children in need in northern Thailand; “Inquiry Into the Great Matter: A History of Zen Buddhism” narrated by Peter Coyote. Other films that have come to our attention that might also be of interest in the future are “The Three Marks of Existence”, “The Buddha’s Forgotten Nun”, “Kanzeon”. Please contact us if you are interested in joining us for a movie nights.

Unless otherwise noted, all meetings, classes and retreats take place at the Applegate Community Center, 18014 Applegate Road, Applegate, CA