Shasta Abbey

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Shasta Abbey is a Zen Buddhist Monastery, established in 1970 by Houn Jiyu-Kennett in Mount Shasta, California, in the United States.[1] It is a training monastery, and is open to visitors who want to learn about Buddhism.

Shasta Abbey emphasizes the shikan-taza ("just sitting") meditation method of the Sōtō Zen school.[2] 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.

Abbot Eko Little announced his resignation in April 2010 and left Shasta Abbey in May of that year because of a romantic relationship. His misconduct was investigated by the independent FaithTrust Institute.[3]


  1. ^ Davis, Erik; Rauner, Michael (2006). The Visionary State: A Journey Through California's Spiritual Landscape. Chronicle Books. p. 67. ISBN 0-8118-4835-3. 
  2. ^ Fowler, Merv (2005). Zen Buddhism: Beliefs and Practices. Sussex Academic Press. p. 8. ISBN 1-902210-42-5. 
  3. ^ "Dear Friends" (PDF). Shasta Abbey. Retrieved May 18, 2012. 

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Coordinates: 41°21′03″N 122°21′14″W / 41.3507°N 122.3538°W / 41.3507; -122.3538