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RETREATS AND CLASSES

Meditation Instruction, classes and Retreats
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.

Retreats
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 tentatively setup 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.

Upcoming Class Series And Retreat

"The Four Practices of Bodhidharma" Bodhdharma
In his Outline of Practice Bodhidharma invites us to four practices that are fundamental to the lives of Buddhists. These practices are rooted in the teaching of the Buddha.

Over four Monday evenings and a Saturday we will explore these practices. Recorded audio talks, prepared for the classes by Reverend Helen Cummings, will be part of the Monday evening classes. Rev. Helen will join us at the Applegate Community Center to lead the Saturday retreat. She is a monk and Senior Teacher of Buddhism at Shasta Abbey Buddhist Monastery. The audio talks will also be available online. If you are unable to join us for the Monday evening classes and wish to come to the retreat, we encourage you to listen to the recorded talks before the retreat. They will be posted here as they become available.

Anyone with an interest in Buddhism is welcome to join us for the series. Meditation instruction will be available for those new to the practice. There is no charge for the class series and retreat, though donations are appreciated. Please contact us if you plan to join us for all or part of the series. Bring a brown bag vegetarian lunch if you join us for the Saturday retreat.

Monday, February 9th, 7 - 9 pm
Introduction
The first class of the series will introduce Bodhidharma, a Buddhist monk from India who lived in China during the 5th/6th century CE. His teachings mark the beginning of Ch’an Buddhism in China. Because of this he is a pivotal figure in the lineage of Zen Buddhism.

Monday, February 16th, 7 - 9 pm
Suffering Injustice
One of the Buddhas first teachings, referred to as the First Noble Truth, is fundamental: suffering exists. Bodhidharma’s first Practice - Suffering Injustice - takes us to the heart of the matter: Can we truly see the suffering in our lives? What do we do with that suffering? And we will address the question we may have asked numerous times in our lives: Why is this happening to me?

Monday, February 23rd, 7 - 9 pm
Adapting to Conditions
The second teaching of the Buddha, referred to as the Second Noble Truth, is instructive: suffering has a cause and that cause is our craving, our desire. Bodhidharma’s second Practice - Adapting to Conditions - invites us come to terms with our response to the conditions we face, particularly as we ask, "What can I do to change things?" in the many forms that question takes in our lives.

Monday, March 2nd, 7 - 9 pm
Seeking Nothing
The Buddha’s Third Noble Truth points us in a key direction: the cessation of suffering is possible. Bodhidharma’s third Practice - Seeking Nothing - offers the means through which we, paradoxically, achieve everything, particularly as we ask "What is my mind doing?" "What are the choices I am making as a result?"

Saturday, March 7th, 9 am - 2:30 pm
Practicing the Dharma
The Buddha’s Fourth Noble Truth provides a practical toolbox: the cessation of suffering is possible through following the Noble Eightfold Path. Bodhidharma’s fourth Practice - Practicing the Dharma - points us to the question that we ask each time we sit in meditation: how do we deepen the expression of our practice in our daily lives? The retreat will include meditation, ceremony, a Dharma talk, and discussion.

Retreats
The dates of retreats and monastic visits listed below have been confirmed with Shasta Abbey. 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.


Sunday, June 21st
- Retreat (half or full day to be decided)
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.

Saturday, July 25th - Retreat (half or full day to be decided)
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.

Saturday, August 29th - Retreat (half or full day to be decided)
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.

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.

Monday Evening Monastic Visit
Monday, April 13th 7 - 9 pm
We look forward to a monk from Shasta Abbey joining us for our regular Monday evening meditation group meeting.

Public Talks
We plan to offer two public talks on Buddhism this year. As dates are finalized they will be posted here.

Other Meditation Group Events
Movie Nights
This year we are planning on having a few "Movie Nights". The first one is proposed for Thursday, January 29th. We have several movies among us that might be of interest including “Zen” about the life of Dogen; “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 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.

Meditation Group Family Outing
We have scheduled a Spring Wildflower Walk for the meditation group and their families on April 26th. The location for the walk will be posted here when decided. The Middle Fork or Murphy Gate are possibilities. We encourage you to bring spouses, partners, children and grandchildren for the walk and picnic. Please contact us if you have questions.

 

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