East Asian Tradition Bhikkhunis in America

Japanese Root Zen 

Shasta Abbey 

Shasta Abbey is a Buddhist monastery in the Serene Reflection Meditation (Soto Zen) Tradition. A monastery of the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives, it was founded by Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett in 1970 as a training place for Buddhist monks, male and female, and a place of practice for lay people. The monastery, located near the town of Mount Shasta in northern California, offers retreats, ceremonies, teaching and spiritual counseling, as well as the opportunity to train within a monastic schedule. 


Deer Park Monastery

A Practice Center in the Tradition of Thich Naht Hahn, Deer Park has a community of monks at Solidarity Hamlet and a community of nuns at Clarity Hamlet. In practicing together as a Sangha, as a community, our practice of mindfulness becomes more joyful, relaxed and steady. We are bells of mindfulness for each other, supporting and reminding one another along the path of practice. With the support of community, we can practice to cultivate peace and joy, within and around us, as a gift for all of those we love and care for. 

Chinese Chan 

Sagely City of 10,000 Buddhas 

Founded by Master Hsien Hua, the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas in Mendicino County Northern California, has both mens and women's monastic cloisters. The Sangha Training Program provides left-home people with a solid foundation in Buddhist studies and practice, training them in the practical affairs of Buddhism and giving them a conception of Sangha management. After graduation, students will be able to assume various responsibilities related to Buddhism in monasteries, institutions, and other settings. Emphasis is placed on students' thorough knowledge of Buddhism, understanding of the scriptures, development of virtuous character, earnest cultivation, and strict observance of precepts, so that they will be able to propagate the orthodox Dharma and continue the Buddha's legacy.