I'm so new I probably sound naive. However, I do agonize over
the long and numerous postings surrounding Eko departure from
Shasta Abbey. I noticed someone mentioned Spirit Rock in Marin County
regarding association, study or spiritual home, whereas I saw a few postings
that said 'thumbs down" for Shasta Abbey. So, I'll include Stone Creek Zen Center in Graton, CA.
I will speak only about my very positive nine year experience in Sonoma County with Joko Haselwood and Jisho Warner, Stone Creek Zen center, Graton, CA, very near Sebastopol. Like Shasta Abbey they are listed as Soto Tradition. I have not seen here any reference, so far, to Stone Creek Zen Center. Spirit Rock is Theravedan tradition. Today's headlines from San Francisco report celebrating 50 years since San Francisco Zen Center, Soto tradition, was established. They own Green Gulch Zen Center, Marin County, and Tassajara near Carmel, CA.
Wendy Johnson headed the organic gardening at Green Gulch for 25 years. Her book, "Gardening at the Dragon's Gate" is very detailed and a masterpiece of writing. SFZC also operates "The Greens", a vegetarian restaurant at Ft. Mason, S.F. which is supplied with Green Gulch produce.
In Trinity County there is Rigdzin Ling, 50 miles west of Redding, in Junction City.
They are wholly Tibetan Buddhism, if you want to go that route. I stayed there one night and participated in both 6 am and 6 pm chanting. Very fascinaing. Good food served also.
In Grants Pass, OR, where I reside, there is a new sangha forming with Thic Nat Hahn as their focus. More on that later when they locate to new address and get settled.