Shasta Abbey

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Shasta Abbey, located on 16 forested acres near Mount Shasta in Northern California (USA), is a training monastery for Buddhist monks and a place of practice for lay Buddhists and interested visitors. A monastery of the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives, it was established in 1970 by Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett, a British woman, on behalf of her teacher, Keido Chisan Koho Zenji, her Master in Japan. In November 1969, Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett came to San Francisco on a lecture tour and stayed on in the United States to establish Shasta Abbey the following year. Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett served twenty-six years as Abbess and spiritual director of Shasta Abbey, ordaining and teaching monks and lay people. She founded Throssel Hole Buddhist Abbey in England in 1972. She also founded the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives (OBC) in order to establish a framework within which the temples she founded could communicate and come together. She was head of the OBC until her death on November 6, 1996. Her legacy includes a growing Order with vibrant training monasteries, priories, meditation groups and individual practitioners throughout the world, rich teaching for monks and laity in the form of publications and audio talks, liturgy and ceremonial.

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