We’re on OUR way — we need you to keep going!
Dear Friends of Sanshin Zen Community:
Due to your continued support, we’ve made real progress in closing this year’s projected budget shortfall of $15,000. Our spring appeal was one of our most successful campaigns ever, and we’re more than halfway toward closing the gap. But there’s still some work to do!
The board of directors is deeply committed to the three intertwined sustainabilities of Sanshin Zen Community: organizational, financial and practice. In order to survive as an organization supporting Soto Zen practice and teaching, we require ongoing efforts to remain financially sustainable.
We’re well aware that achieving this goal—as well as our newly-revised mission of enabling the practice of shikantaza in the style of Uchiyama Roshi, deep study of Dogen Zenji’s teachings, and commitment to beneficial action—will require expanding our funding base as well as asking for the support of all of our existing sangha members and friends. We know that there are many people around the world who find deep meaning in Okumura Roshi’s teachings and in our style of Soto Zen practice but have not yet connected with Sanshin itself. We’re finding ways to connect with all those who appreciate what Sanshin makes possible, such as genzo-e in locations around the world or dharma books in English European languages and Japanese. It’s time for everyone to
At the same time, we’re bringing the dharma to Bloomington and Indiana residents who as yet do not know about Sanshin and our practice.
• Last month Okumura Roshi addressed more than three dozen visitors from an Indianapolis interfaith group at their request.
• Our work with Interior Mythos Journeys, a Bloomington-based website project, has resulted in a series of online videos featuring Okumura Roshi and his teachings, shot right here in our zendo.
• Hoko’s partnership with the local community college has resulted in ongoing classes in Buddhism and Zen and a new evening zazen and dharma study group at Sanshin itself.
Your continued partnership is vital so that we may bring the dharma to those encountering it—and Sanshin— for the first time and continue to bring you all the opportunities for study and practice that you value. Please help us maintain our financial stability as we head into 2018. If you gave during our spring appeal, can you make an additional donation this time? If you made a one-time donation, can you sign on as a regular monthly donor through an automatic bank withdrawal or Paypal payment? If you didn’t have the chance to make your gift earlier this year, can you offer it now? It’s easy — just click the button at the top of this page to make your payment.
Thank you for all of your participation and practice. Sanshin’s community may be global, but our connections are very real. It’s the involvement and support of us all that makes the life of Sanshin and the teaching and practice of Okumura Roshi possible. Please make your gift today.
Mark Pfaff, President
Sanshin Zen Community Board of Directors
Your gift of support helps provide the nourishment of the dharma for you and for those who are new to the table.
As a friend of Sanshin Zen Community, you already know how Zen practice and the dharma feed your wellbeing. One look around at our world today is enough to remind us how much suffering there is, and it’s no wonder that I so frequently encounter people who are hungry for the dharma.
When I recently partnered with the local community college to offer a class on Zen basics and another one on Zen and food, they filled almost immediately. Some participants had had some previous exposure to Eastern thought and felt the pull of this opportunity to reconnect with the dharma. Some were brand new to practice and looking for ways to work with their suffering and find some peace in a demanding world. Nearly all of them have lived in Bloomington for some time, but this was their first encounter with Sanshin.
Do you remember when you first met with Zen practice and the dharma? What was it that brought you to Sanshin and Okumura Roshi’s teachings? Help us offer that dharma nourishment to a broadening community of people who are hungry for awakening. The more people we can bring to the table, the stronger our community becomes and the better we are able to offer not only introductory teachings but the deep study, intensive retreats and important new publications that you’ve come to rely on from Sanshin. Please make your gift of financial support today.
Vice Abbot, Sanshin Zen Community
P. S. In addition to your generous response to our fall appeal, there are other easy ways to support Sanshin. See whether your employer has a gift matching or payroll deduction program, shop for groceries and household goods using your registered Kroger Plus card, and make your purchases of books or other items through Amazon Smile. All of these provide extra dollars in support of our practice!