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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 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 Retreats And Monastic Visits

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.

JULY
Friday, July 24th, 7:00 pm
Public Talk,
Beecher Room, Auburn Library
Beecher Room, Auburn Library
350 Nevada Street, Auburn, CA

"No One Can Give You What You Already Have:
How Buddhist Practice Points You To Your True Nature"


Reverend Master Daishin Yalon, a Zen Master from Shasta Abbey Buddhist Monastery will give a talk on Friday evening at the Auburn Public Library. The talk is free and open to anyone with an interest in Buddhism.

RM Daishin says "Buddhism is a religion for human beings. Religion is really about doing something about oneself. The Buddha never just taught about suffering. When he did talk about suffering, he also spoke of a release and end of suffering. Each one of us can become a compassionate and wise human being. To do this we have to get in there and do the work of finding the cessation of suffering."

“Through effort, vigilance, restraint and self control, the wise person can become an island no flood will overwhelm.” The Dhammapada (Translation by Gil Fronsdal)

RM Daishin adds, "Buddhism offers a whole toolbox of skillful practices and means to help us find peace and happiness in this life."

Saturday, July 25th - Half Day Retreat 9 am - 1 pm
Applegate Community Center
18014 Applegate Road
Applegate, CA

"No One Can Give You What You Already Have:
How Buddhist Practice Points You To Your True Nature"


The half day retreat will provide an opportunity to delve more deeply into the subject raised in the Friday evening public talk. Those new to Buddhist practice are welcome to join us for the retreat which will be led by Reverend Master Daishin Yalon. Meditation instruction is available for those new to this form of Buddhist practice. The half day retreat will include periods of meditation, ceremony, a Dharma talk and discussion. Please bring a brown bag vegetarian lunch if you would like to stay and join us in the park. The retreat is free and open to the public. Donations for the support of the monks at Shasta Abbey are appreciated.

RM Daishin has asked that those coming to the retreat read the following, available online at Action to Insight. Click on the title to access the links.

Kalama Sutta – To the Kalamas translation by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Lost in Quotation by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

The Right To Ask Questions by Lang Rosenberg

A Look at the Kalama Sutta by Bhikkhu Bodhi

august
Saturday, August 29th - Retreat

Applegate Community Center
18014 Applegate Road
Applegate, CA

Reverend Master Kodo Kay, a Zen 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.

Public Talks
The first of this year's public talks is being given by RM Daishin Yalon on Friday, July 24th at 7:00 pm in the Beecher Room of the Auburn Library. More information is above.

Other Meditation Group Events
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