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.

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 to coordinate ridesharing for the retreat. Individuals planning to go are also asked to contact the Guest Department at Shasta Abbey to register for the retreat and to let them know of any special needs you might have during your stay at the Abbey..

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