Dharma talks are based on the principle teachings of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni and Zen Masters Dogen and Keizan, the founders of Soto Zen in Japan. We also use contemporary writings from Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett and other senior monks of our Order.
In addition, we study traditional Mahayana scriptures, such as the Lotus Sutra, and Pali scriptures when appropriate. In particular we emphasize Buddhist practice—how can we understand Buddhist teachings in such a way that they enable us to harmonize them with our daily lives? How can we liberate our hearts from the causes of suffering and be at peace? How do we live together with others in a peaceful way and benefit the world?
Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett, founder of the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives
The Art of Meditation (1978) ( 41 min.) Listen/Download
Shushogi 1 (60 min.) Listen/Download
Shushogi 2 (46 min.) Listen/Download
For more talks by Rev. Master Jiyu: www.shastaabbey.org/teachings-RMjiyu.html
Rev. Master Daizui MacPhillamy, Head of the Order 1997-2004
What It Means to Be a Buddhist (50 min.) Listen/Download
Radical Sobriety (45 min.) Listen/Download
For more talks by Rev. Master Daizui: www.shastaabbey.org/teachings-RMdaizui.html
Rev. Master Haryo Young, Head of the Order
Lessons from the Woodpile (41 min.) Listen/Download
Click on the title to read the following articles or transcription of talks.
New listing: Beyond Comfort, Oct. 2013, Rev. Oriana LaChance
For a selection of articles from the Journal of the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives follow this link:
Sitting Buddha: an introduction to Zen meditation by Rev. Master Daishin Morgan, Abbot of Throssel Hole Buddhist Abbey in the UK.
Other Helpful Websites
The Order of Buddhist Contemplatives www.obcon.org
includes Shasta Abbey, Throssel Hole Buddhist Abbey–both monastic training centers and retreat centers for lay congregation–and many smaller temples and meditation groups for Buddhist practice throughout Europe and the United States.
For further information on what the Order does, temple and activity locations, and programs that are available see their website.
Throssel Hole Buddhist Abbey www.throssel.org.uk
is in Northumberland, Northern England and has retreats and other activities throughout the year.
Shasta Abbey is in Mt. Shasta, Ca. and has retreats and other activities throughout the year.