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.


Monday, December 15th
7 - 9 PM
Annual Offering Ceremony
Reverend Vivian Gruenenfelder, a Senior Monk from Shasta Abbey Buddhist Monastery will join us as Celebrant for the Offering Ceremony. The ceremony includes the passing of "gifts" offered toward the support of the monastic community at Shasta Abbey. Useful items include fragrance free soaps and cleaning products, toilet paper (good for septic systems), nuts, honey, jams, soy milk and other vegetarian foods. For a list of currently needed items, go to theShasta Abbey website Alms Bowl. All offerings, no matter how small are deeply appreciated. The Offering Ceremony will be followed by a Dharma talk, discussion and dessert buffet.

Calendar of Retreats for 2015

The schedule of retreats, classes and public talks planned for 2015 is currently being developed. It will be posted in late December or early January. Please contact us if you have questions or wish to be included on our email list to receive more information about coming events.


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