Faith in fresh blossoms
News from our directors
Where the money goes
Gene Kishin Elias, Treasurer
As Sanshin's treasurer, I want to share with you how our monies are spent to support our mission, especially now as we are kicking off our annual fund drive. As you can see on the pie chart below, our number one expense for the first half of this year has been the support of teaching/translation and content generation, followed by establishing and maintaining residential practice and offering practice opportunities like sesshin and the upcoming Shobogenzo Zazenshin intensive dharma study with Okumura Roshi. As you can see, our founding teacher remains hard at work translating and helping us understand the writings of Dōgen.
As you look at the chart, you may ask, “Why aren’t we spending more on the Dōgen Institute?” The answer is in technology. Over the last several years we've found new ways to use technology to share the teachings and practice, and we continue to do that through innovative publishing practices as well. However, we have more expenses coming as we work to systematically move our digital archive that now relies on outdated technology toward cloud based, web enabled technologies.
Your gifts of financial support enable Sanshin to make Soto Zen practice available in its own particular style, which is based on the teachings of the Buddha, Dōgen Zenji, and Sawaki, Uchiyama and Okumura Roshis. Around the US and across the worldwide Sanshin Network, thanks to friends like you we continue to carry out our mission of enabling the investigation of interconnectedness as it manifests in community by engaging in five points of Soto Zen practice.
If you have questions about Sanshin's finances, please email me. Thank you for your support and may your life be filled with kindness, joy and magnanimity.
Temporary resident from South America: Jakusho Pignatiello from Sangha Dokan in Caracas, Venezuela, has been in temporary residency at Sanshin for three weeks before spending a final week in the US at Gyobutsuji in Arkansas. While here, he's participated in all of the regular daily and weekly practice activities as well as the September sesshin, and his visit has allowed for a temporary restart of the Friday morning dharma discussion as well as the afternoon work period. He's cooked for the Friday morning oryoki breakfast, rung bells during sesshin, served as morning doshi several times, demonstrated zazen postures for newcomers during a Getting Started session, and generally integrated himself into the life of Sanshin. He even visited Indiana's oldest organic farm with Sawyer to pick up vegetables for sesshin meals. See Sanshin's Facebook page for shared posts from Sangha Dokan illustrating his visit.
Virtual dharma study intensive (November 1 - 10): Founding teacher Okumura Roshi will be giving a series of ten lectures, one each morning, focused on Shobogenzo Zazenshin. This virtual-only ten-day event will be the successor to genzo-e, with a less strenuous lecture schedule for Okumura Roshi. There is no 'retreat' schedule beyond the daily lectures and Q&A periods -- participants are encouraged to incorporate regular zazen practice throughout the ten days of the study intensive, as their own schedules and time zones allow. Practitioners are invited to join the regular morning practice schedule being carried out at Sanshinji before most of the lectures. For further details and to register, please visit our virtual dharma study intensive webpage.
For complete information about Sanshin and our style of practice, visit our homepage.
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