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 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 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.
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.
Retreat, Sunday, June 21st, 9 am - 3 pm
"The Benefits of Interfaith Dialogue"
Reverend Vivian Gruenenfelder, a senior monk from Shasta Abbey Buddhist Monastery will lead the retreat. Reverend Vivian writes: "In late May I am attending a conference at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., entitled 'Vatican II - Remembering the Future: Ecumenical, Interfaith and Secular Perspectives on the Council's Impact and Promise,' and will be participating on a panel on monastic interreligious dialogue. Part of the value of having a monk attend such a conference is that they share it with others. So I thought I'd use the subject matter of the conference as the theme for this retreat. Some of you may know that Vatican II, which was held in Rome during the first half of the '60s, marked a sea change in the Roman Catholic Church. Two thousand bishops voted overwhelmingly for policies that were extremely progressive for their time. The Church was full of hope and promise. Part of that promise was the recognition that the Church could no longer justify looking down on other religions or isolating itself from other religions. Ecumenism and interfaith dialogue were the order of the day. Unfortunately, all this promise was followed by reaction, and the Church became more conservative than ever. The Georgetown Conference is the culmination of celebrations worldwide on the fiftieth anniversary of the Council. 'Remembering the Future' refers, I think, to recalling the promise that the Council was, and attempting once again to put it into practice. I will be listening to four days of talks given by well-known church people and scholars on ecumenism and interfaith dialogue before participating in the panel I am on. During our retreat I hope to explore with you some of the issues raised, how they are relevant to us, what the implications are for our own training, the value of interfaith dialogue, how it enriches us and we them -- and anything else on the topic you wish to bring to the table. I will look forward to hearing your own experiences in this arena."
All retreats are free and open to the public. Meditation instruction is available for those new to the practice. Please contact us if you plan to join us for the day and bring a brown bag vegetarian lunch.
Saturday, July 25th - Retreat
Reverend Master Daishin Yalon, Zen Master and Vice Abbot at Shasta Abbey Buddhist Monastery will join us for this retreat. More information on the retreat and a public talk to be given by RM Daishin 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
Reverend Master Astor Douglas 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, April 13th 7 - 9 pm
We look forward to a monk from Shasta Abbey joining us for our regular Monday evening meditation group meeting.
We plan to offer two public talks on Buddhism this year. As dates are finalized they will be posted here.
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