About Us

In compliance with CDC and State of California guidelines,
the Redding Zen Buddhist Priory building is currently closed,
though the life of the Priory continues and is strengthened
through Sangha Dharma Discussions, ceremonies,
Dharma Talks and spiritual counseling.
For further information please email reddingzen@gmail.com

As we explore what is good to do around the potential opening of the Priory, 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.  
In this light we are mindfully considering what is BEST to do
for the safety of the Sangha and the Prior, not just what is “legal”. 
And while we will look to state and local guidelines
regarding the reopening of religious facilities,
we will give primary consideration to the unique needs of our Sangha
and the limitations of our physical meeting space.

Please see our Sangha Resources Page (on the drop-down menu under About Us)  for Dharma Resources you may find helpful during this time of uncertainty, confusion and fear.

To protect the health of our Sangha and to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Redding Zen Buddhist Priory building is currently closed.   I invite you to take this time to develop and deepen your own individual practice by sitting with me in spirit, at your home sitting place, as I sit here at the Priory Tuesday through Friday at our usual 6:30am and 5:30pm meditation periods each day.  I am also adding an additional sitting period from 12:30 to 1:00pm.  This is our opportunity to offer merit for all those affected by the coronavirus, in all the ways they are affected – medically, economically, psychologically, spiritually.   Please see our Sangha Resources Page (on the drop-down menu under Anout Us) for Dharma Resources you may find helpful.  

Please join us via ZOOM on Thursdays at 6:00pm for a Dharma Conversation designed to keep in touch with each other and to deepen
our practice together.  We also meet via ZOOM on Sundays at 11:00 for a Dharma Talk and Dharma Discussion. Please let me know if you’d like to participate in these sessions.

Feel free to call or email me with any questions or requests for Transfer of Merit you may have.  We can schedule our sanzen (spiritual counseling) conversations over the phone or online during this challenging time. 

Please take good care of yourselves.  We have the opportunity to offer merit and compassion to those in our family, friends and those we encounter in our days.  May we continue to offer responsible fearlessness to our world.

With gratitude and appreciation, Rev. Helen

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.

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.