Shasta Abbey

Shasta Abbey

Shasta Abbey is a Zen Buddhist Monastery, established in 1970 in Mount Shasta, California, in the United States. [cite book |title=The Visionary State: A Journey Through California's Spiritual Landscape |last=Davis |first=Erik |coauthors=Rauner, Michael |year=2006 |publisher=Chronicle Books |isbn=0811848353 |pages=p. 67 |url=,M1 ] It is a training monastery, and is open to visitors who want to learn about Buddhism.

Shasta Abbey emphasizes the "shikan-taza" ("serene reflection") meditation method of the Soto Zen school. [cite book |title=Zen Buddhism: Beliefs and Practices |last=Fowler |first=Merv |year=2005 |publisher=Sussex Academic Press |isbn=1902210425 |pages=p. 8 |url= ] In this method, one strives to pay attention to one's thoughts without getting drawn into any of them. Shasta Abbey Press publishes Buddhist books, including the writings of its founder, Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett, and translations of Buddhist texts. Among these are works of Soto Zen patriarchs Dogen Kigen Zenji (Shōbōgenzō) and Keizan Jokin Zenji (Denkoroku). The Abbey belongs to the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives.


External links

* [ Offical site]
* [ Mention at] "Order of Buddhist Contemplatives [Mt Shasta, CA] - dedicated to the practice of the Serene Reflection Meditation tradition, known as Ts'ao-Tung Ch'an in China and Soto Zen in Japan. The Order was incorporated in 1983 by Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett to serve as the international umbrella organization for the monasteries, priories (local temples), and meditation groups led by priests of the lineage in the United States, Canada, Britain, Germany, and the Netherlands."

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