About

Berkeley Buddhist Priory is a Buddhist temple following the tradition of Serene Reflection Meditation, which was known as Soto Zen in Japan and Ts’ao-Tung (曹洞 of Chan 禪) in China. 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.

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 Berkeley Buddhist Priory is the late Reverend Master Jiyu-Kennett.

The Priory was established in 1973. It offers a regular schedule of meditation, Dharma classes, Buddhist services, day-retreats, and spiritual guidance. It also offers meditation instruction and workshops for beginners. Group tea meditation is offered weekly as well. There are no fees for participating in above activities or any other services that the Priory offers. Like other affiliated temples of OBC, the Priory is financially independent; we are supported entirely by donations of our congregation and friends.

The Prior of the temple is Rev. Kinrei Bassis, a Dharma heir of Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett. Rev. Kinrei was ordained as a Buddhist monk by Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett in 1979, and trained at Shasta Abbey. He received Dharma Transmission in 1982 and was named Master by Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett in 1987. He has been the Prior of the temple since 1997. A selection of his Dharma talks and articles are available for download.

Schedule Update (June 5, 2020)

The Priory is now allowed to reopen with the regulations of “social distancing”, wearing masks, and “25% of capacity”.

We will resume part of our normal Sunday morning schedule in open space of the backyard with scattered chairs (if no rain):

9:30am 30 minutes sitting meditation followed by 5 minutes walking meditation
10:05am 30 minutes sitting meditation
10:45am Dharma talk

Please follow the above mentioned regulations and enter through the back gate if you plan to join us. All of the Sunday morning activities will also be live on Zoom, please contact us for details.

The Wednesday Dharma talk will continue to be offered via Zoom at 8:00pm.

Calendar Update (2020/07/06)

Uploaded MP3 Dharma Talks by Rev. Kinrei on Zoom new

A Special Wesak (2020/05/17)

Shelter in Place (2020/05/01)

Beyond Birth and Death (2020/04/26)

The Meaning of Metta (2020/04/18)

Peace upon the Pillow (2020/04/10)

Finding Our Fearless Heart (2020/04/07)

What is Truly Meant by Training and Enlightenment (2020/04/02)

Great Vows of Samantabhadra (2020/03/25)

The One Who Hears the World (2020/03/20)

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On Shushogi
Dharma Talk given at the Priory on 2020/03/08 by Rev. Master Koten,
Prior of Lion’s Gate Buddhist Priory.