Every morning and evening our sangha comes together to greet the unprecedented days of this pandemic and societal response to our nation’s racial inequality. We gather online to sit zazen; to hear the striking of the han; to chant the four great vows. We come together to look at each other’s faces; to hear each other’s voices. We show up over and over again to gain strength from each other.
Our online sangha has hosted guest speakers and visitors from around the world, met together to share talents and song, and held discussions to help give context to current events. We’ve welcomed new members and had our largest attendance ever at a multi-day retreat. Our sangha care team lovingly checks in on us, offering help to those in need.
Even though this pandemic keeps us from meeting in person, our monthly operating expenses as a sangha continue, including our rent, teacher compensation, and communication.
Now more than ever. The connection of the sangha is important.
Looking to the future, we hope to continue our online morning sittings, and install live-stream capability at the zendo once in-person services resume. Finally, though I am currently working a little over half time for the Zen Center, the board and I have agreed to move toward supporting me as a full-time teacher. We hope this can happen in the next few years.
In light of our on-going expenses and future hopes, we are sending this request for donations. Our goal is to raise $8,000 this month. Can you help us get there? Any contribution you can afford is greatly appreciated.
Many thanks, and a deep bow for your generosity,
Koshin Cain, Abbott, Puget sound Zen Center
Wherever you live, and whether or not you can join us in person, we welcome your membership.
To pay by check, or set up online bill-pay or automatic payments from a personal bank account, contact email@example.com.
We are a 501(c)(3) Non-profit organization. Tax ID: 43-1986006
Please consider a donation to our scholarship fund to help others attend retreats and programs.
2018 was an important year for the Puget Sound Zen Center. In May 2018 we purchased 7 acres of land on Vashon Island. Our hope and vision is to design and build trails for walking meditation, gardens and ultimately a permanent zendo to support our Buddhist practice, as well as to be a valued asset for the island community.
In the future we plan to offer day retreats and other programs on the property.
If you are not already a member of the Puget Sound Zen Center, we hope you will consider becoming a monthly supporting member or making a single donation. Your membership or contribution will enable us to continue to grow as a sangha, offer valuable programs, and ultimately develop our new property.
Thank you so much for your support as we look to the future. We are profoundly grateful. We invite you to join us in 2019 and be a part of the Puget Sound Zen Center.