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 2013. 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.

Monthly Discussion of Basic Buddhist Teachings
The first Monday of each month, the meditation group Dharma discussions will focus on basic teachings of Buddhism. These teachings include: The Four Noble Truths, The Eightfold Path, Precepts, Duhkha (suffering exists), Anatta (no separate self), and Annica (all things change). Go to the Weekly Schedule for the current topic.

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 2013 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.

More information about upcoming retreats will be posted closer to the time of the retreat or as details are worked out with the monks of Shasta Abbey.

Monday, October 20th 7 - 9 PM
We are looking forward to a visit from Reverend Helen who will be downvisiting anf doing some website work with assistance from Parallax Design Group. Rev. Helen will join us for our regular Monday evening sitting and share the Dharma with us.

Half Day Retreat
Finding Our Spiritual Path: An Introduction to the Practice of Zen Buddhism
Saturday, November 15th
9 AM - 12:30 PM

What is a spiritual path, and how does one come to it? What sustains and nourishes us along the way? This half-day retreat will introduce newcomers to the Zen Buddhist practice of Serene Reflection Meditation. The morning will include instruction, meditation, a Dharma talk “Finding Our Spiritual Path” by Reverend Master Astor Douglas from Shasta Abbey, and discussion with coffee and tea. The retreat will be held at the Applegate Community Center, 18014 Applegate Road, Applegate, CA.

The retreat is free and open to anyone with an interest in Buddhism. Donations are always appreciated. Please contact us know if you would like to join us for the retreat.

Monday, December 15th
5:30 - 9 PM
Annual Potluck and Offering Ceremony
Reverend Vivian Gruenenfelder, a Senior Monk from Shasta Abbey Buddhist Monastery will join us for the potluck dinner and act as Celebrant for the Offering Ceremony. The Ceremony will be followed by a Dharma talk by Rev. Vivian.

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