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 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 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.
Half Day Retreat - Saturday, February 22nd
8:30 AM - 1 PM
The half day retreat will be led by Reverend Master Astor Douglas, a Zen monk and Teacher of Buddhism from Shasta Abbey Buddhist Monastery. The day will include periods of meditation, ceremony, and a Dharma talk followed by discussion with coffee and tea. The day will end with an informal brown bag lunch.
Avalokiteshvara, also known as Kanzeon or Guanyin, represents the Bodhisattva of Compassion. This Buddhist ceremony helps us to draw from the universal wellspring of compassion within each one of us and make it manifest in the world through our thoughts, speech and actions. Those participating in the retreat are encouraged to bring their own images of Avalokiteshvara, such as statues, photos, paintings or scrolls to be placed around the hall for the ceremony. If you have an image to include, please arrive at 8:30 AM to help with the setup which will take place between 8:30 and 9 AM.
Dharma Talk “Living with uncertainty and trusting in our practice of the Dharma”
RM Astor will give the Dharma talk for the retreat. About the talk she says, "Fear and worry can arise when we do not know what to do in some situations. What can we use from our Buddhist practice to help us face uncertainty?"
If you wish to join us for lunch (12:30 - 1 PM), please bring a brown bag vegetarian meal.
Please contact us if you have any questions and to let us know if you plan to join us for all or part of the half day retreat.
More information about the retreats will be posted closer to the time of the retreat or as details are worked out with the monks of Shasta Abbey. Plans are also being developed for the meditation group to go up to Shasta Abbey for a retreat there together. As soon as this date is finalized it will be posted in the schedule. Full Day Retreat - Sunday, May 4th
9 AM - 4 PM
The full day retreat will be led by Reverend Vivian Gruenenfelder, a Senior Monk and Teacher of Buddhism from Shasta Abbey Buddhist Monastery. The day will include periods of meditation, a Dharma talk, questions and discussion, tea and coffee. Please bring a brown bag lunch for the mid day meal.
Half Day Retreat - Saturday, July 26th
8:30 AM - 1 PM
Followed by Meditation Group Potluck
Full Day Retreat - Sunday, September 7th
9 AM - 4 PM
The full day retreat will be led by Reverend Master Daishin Yalon, Zen Master and Vice Abbot of at Shasta Abbey Buddhist Monastery. The day will include periods of meditation, a Dharma talk, questions and discussion, tea and coffee. Please bring a brown bag lunch for the mid day meal.
Half Day Retreat - Saturday, November 15th
8:30 AM - 1 PM
Reverend Master Astor Douglas, Master and Chief Cook at Shasta Abbey Buddhist Monastery will lead the retreat. Plans will be developed and posted here for an informal afternoon meditation group outing or movie together with RM Astor.
Monday, December 15
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.