About Us

The unsurpassed, penetrating, and perfect Truth
is seldom met with, even in a hundred thousand myriad kalpas.  
Now we can see and hear it.  
We can remember and accept it.
 I vow to make the Buddha’s Truth one with myself. 
The Traditional Lecture Verse

Redding Zen Buddhist Priory is a place of quiet meditation
in downtown Redding, California, USA.  
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.


In light of the current CDC recommendations and the Omicron variant, the Priory building is open to a limited extent to those who have been vaccinated and boosted.   In all COVID-related decisions, we endeavor to keep the Three Pure Precepts in mind:  Cease from evil – that which causes suffering, do only good, and do good for others.  We mindfully consider what is best to do for the safety of the Sangha, not just acting in accordance to what is legal.  While we will look to state and local guidelines regarding the reopening of religious facilities, we give primary consideration to the unique needs of our Sangha and the limitations of our physical meeting space. 

Because of the current COVID conditions, the Priory building is open to those who have been vaccinated and boosted.  If you come to the Priory for spiritual counseling please wear a mask, and please bring your own container for coffee, tea, or water.

Please to choose another time to visit the Priory if you’ve been in contact with someone who has COVID, or if you’ve experienced symptoms including high fever yourself, or you are not feeling well for any reason.

Rev. Helen offers spiritual counseling on the phone and by Zoom, and is also is willing to meet with Sangha members in a socially-distanced garden visit, following guidelines and conditions permitting.  Please email Rev. Helen at reddingzen@gmail.com to set up a time.

Tuesday and Thursday evening classes will continue online via Zoom.  Retreats and Meditation Tune-up Mornings will continue on Saturday via Zoom.Sunday Morning Ceremonies and Dharma Talks and Discussions continue via zoom.   

Please contact Rev. Helen at reddingzen@gmail.com if you would like to be on the Priory e-tree to receive our zoom invitations.

When approaching the Priory please do so with the mind of mediation. 


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.