Our doors are closed, but the dharma lights are still on.
Please help if you can.
Dear Friends of Sanshin Zen Community:
No doubt you’re receiving many requests for support from your favorite organizations this year, and we’ll get right to the point. Like so many other dharma centers, Sanshin has been affected financially by the pandemic, and we’re asking for your help. Both because we can’t safely offer our usual calendar of practice events and because friends like you have your own financial challenges at the moment and aren’t able to give as freely as in the past, we’re facing revenue shortfalls and some tough decisions.
We know we’re not alone in that. There’s no getting around it--
it’s been a tough time for all of us for so many reasons. But if you’re in a position to offer a gift of support, that gift means more now than ever. Despite the drop in our income, our major expenses continue. We’ve put off hiring a new administrative assistant and other budgeted projects that can be deferred, but we’re still paying our abbot and vice abbot and we’re also still maintaining the building in which the Okumuras live.
Keeping up with those expenses means that we can still offer practice, though it looks a bit different from what we’re used to. Hoko now leads our weekly practice activities online, and we’ve been able to provide a virtual version of our genzo-e retreat to practitioners around the world. Meanwhile, Dōgen Institute volunteers are still facilitating Okumura Roshi’s writing and publication efforts. We continue to support our clergy as they provide teachings of compassion and wisdom in order to relieve suffering, and to aid in a much-needed collective transformation to a loving and peaceful world. For all of this, your partnership is vital—in whatever form that can take now.
We understand that you’re facing not only threats to your own health but possible financial difficulties and other uncertainties associated with social upheaval in all its current forms. One of the most important things we’re doing now is providing a virtual place of refuge in the Three Treasures—a space in which to come together online with other practitioners, share the dharma, offer healing chants for our broken world, and get some encouragement and a bit of peace for yourself. If you’re able to offer a monetary donation, it will be gratefully accepted. If not, the gift of your presence and energy still helps make it possible for the community to practice. We’re grateful for that, too.
While one-time financial gifts are always welcome, please also consider a monthly contribution. This is the most convenient way to give; your donation is automatically transferred from your credit card or bank account, and you can change or cancel at any time. It also makes our income more predictable and reduces our costs, and a greater portion of your gift goes directly to Sanshin.
Thank you for your practice and for being part of our global sangha. Please stay safe and well.
David Fukudo Thompson, President
Sanshin Zen Community Board of Directors
P. S. There are several other ways to support Sanshin financially through community give-back programs that donate a portion of your purchases to us and employer matching programs that increase the size of your gift. See our monthly newsletter or our giving page for more information!