About Us

How great and wondrous are the clothes of enlightenment,  formless and embracing every treasure.  
I wish to unfold the Buddha’s teaching that I may help all living things.
The traditional Kesa Verse

Redding Zen Buddhist Priory is a place quiet sitting in downtown Redding, CA.  It follows the tradition of Serene Reflection Meditation – Soto Zen.
The teaching and our practice emphasize meditation, guiding our lives by the moral Precepts of Buddhism, awakening the heart of compassion, and expressing it through selfless activity in everyday life.

Redding Zen Buddhist Priory
Quiet Meditation.  Zen Teaching.  Buddhist Practice in downtown Redding.
1190 South Street

Redding, CA. 96001

The Priory is a temple of the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives (OBC), an international Buddhist Order, whose North America office is at Shasta Abbey located in Mt. Shasta, California. The Founder of both OBC and Shasta Abbey is Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett.  The Priory was established in 2018. It offers a regular schedule of meditation, Dharma classes, Buddhist services, and retreats, as well as spiritual guidance. It also offers meditation instruction and workshops for beginners. There are no fees for participating in above activities or any other services that the Priory offers. The Prior of the temple is Rev. Helen Cummings  a grand-disciple of Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett. Rev. Helen trained at Shasta Abbey for 20 years.

Like other affiliated temples of OBC, the Priory is financially independent; we are supported entirely by donations of our congregation and friends.
Generosity makes the heart grow brighter. There is no charge for Priory attending events – meditation, retreats, classes, spiritual guidance, weddings, funerals or memorials.  Please keep in mind, though, that we do pay rent for our lovely Priory building and are responsible for the normals costs of running a household.  Donations – financial,  in-kind, professional services, or help in maintaining the Priory are greatly appreciated.

The Order of Buddhist Contemplatives and the Redding Zen Buddhist Priory are committed to providing a safe and ethical environment in which all may practice. We expect that we, and those who come through our doors, will treat others preceptually and with respect. We value the harmony of the sangha, and wish to address any concerns that may arise about possible unethical or inappropriate behavior. If you should have such a concern, you should feel free to discuss it with Rev. Helen or any senior member or lay minister of the Order. OBC contact information can be found on the OBC website.