Lions Gate Buddhist Priory is a branch of the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives (OBC). Our practice is Serene Reflection Meditation (Sōtō Zen) and emphasizes basic Buddhist meditation and the keeping of the Precepts within the training of everyday life.
Rev. Kōten Benson, the Prior since
1986, is a Dharma Heir of Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett, founder of the OBC, who
died in 1996. He was ordained in 1978 by Rev. Master Jiyu, and recognized by
her as a Buddhist Master in 1983.
The Priory has four monks in residence and is located at
The Priory is a registered charitable society supported entirely by donations from members and friends.
Mandala of the Buddha Mothers audio by Rev. Master Kōten Benson
Serene Reflection Meditation booklet: Shasta Abbey Press
Lions Gate Buddhist Priory