Now more than ever—Sanshin needs your financial support.
Dear Friends of Sanshin Zen Community:
This spring our appeal has a particular urgency. Sanshin faces a budget shortfall of $15,000 and we need the help of our entire community to raise the resources necessary to continue to provide all of the teachings and practice opportunities we now offer—and you value so much.
Our financial situation is not new. It’s not the result of a sudden emergency. It’s simply the case that demands have continued to grow while the level of financial support has remained the same.
We’re doing all we can to ensure that practice events are well attended. We’re taking advantage of volunteer and pro bono help wherever we can. We’ve looked for and implemented new ways to give in order to make it convenient and meaningful for our donors to make their gifts.
However, a significant amount of our resources goes toward projects that are vital for the growth of our practice but bring little or no direct financial support back to Sanshin. Abbot Shohaku Okumura’s work to write and edit books for publication is labor intensive and requires not only financial support for him and
his family but office equipment and supplies and the paid assistance of a professional editor. When these books go to a publishing house, the revenue goes to the publisher, not to Sanshin. And, of course, Okumura Roshi is involved in many important writing and editing projects for others, providing his expertise and advice simply as part of his practice. While we’re preparing to offer some print-on-demand publications within the next year or so, these projects will take time and will not entirely or immediately close the budget gap.
As our community grows and our practice offerings expand, the demands on our physical structures are also increasing. We’ve long since outgrown the original Sanshin building and now rent space in a neighboring duplex. As our building ages, the costs of maintenance and repair increase. An unexpected plumbing issue in January affected our budget and we expect to do further necessary work on the building this year to maximize our capacity for programs and storage. All of this, of course, comes at a cost.
As Sanshin’s network continues to expand around the world, so must our outreach to financial supporters. Please help us close the budget gap and ensure Sanshin’s financial sustainability. There are several convenient ways make your gift; please choose the method and amount that best fits you. You may send your check by mail to us at P. O. Box 1577, Bloomington IN 47402-1577 or make your donation by credit card or PayPal by clicking here. Don’t miss this chance to help ensure that the teachings and practice opportunities you value remain available to you wherever you are--make your donation today. Every friend in our network is important, and every gift makes a real difference. Thank you for your practice and support!
President, Sanshin Zen Community
Your gift of support helps plant dharma flowers right at home
and around the world!
A few weeks ago, during his dharma talk for Buddha’s Birthday, Hojo-san told us again the story of Shakyamuni’s birth. As soon as he was born, the story goes, he stood up, took seven steps in each direction and saw the entire world. With each step, a lotus flower sprang up to support his foot. We can think of Sanshin’s practice network as planting lotus flowers around the world as well. The teachings of Eihei Dogen, Kodo Sawaki, Kosho Uchiyama and Shohaku Okumura have reached beyond Indiana or even the U.S. to Europe, South America and back to Japan. Wherever people come into contact with practice through Okumura Roshi’s disciples, direct teachings, books or recordings, dharma flowers have taken root, sprung up and begun to bloom.
In his talk, Hojo-san also reminded us that Buddha was not simply born one day 2500 years ago but is reborn everywhere moment after moment. This continued unfolding of awakening is possible because of the practice activity of Sanshin’s growing community. Wherever in the world you practice, Buddha is right there—and so are the practice resources Sanshin offers to you, whether you come to our Bloomington temple, practice with Okumura Roshi during his teaching trips, read the books and website texts we make possible, or watch and listed to recorded talks. Our network is global, but our connections are very real. Please make your gift of financial support today.
Vice Abbot, Sanshin Zen Community
P. S. In addition to your generous response to our spring appeal, there are other easy ways to support Sanshin. See whether your employer has a gift matching or payroll deduction program, buy one of our new T-shirts, 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!