Dear Friends of Empty Gate Zen Center,
We are writing to you asking support for our yearly fundraising drive. In the past, you would receive this email at the end of the year. Starting in 2017 we have moved our fundraising to the spring in order to avoid conflicts with all the other fundraising appeals we get at the end of the year.
The past year has been a good one at Empty Gate. Our Wednesday evening open house attracts many newcomers to Zen. We continue our schedule of monthly retreats and our annual 8 day retreat. Our practice offerings have grown at our satellite locations in Santa Clara, Monterey and Boise, Idaho. Each of these groups continue to offer weekly sittings. Both Zen Master Bon Soeng and Jason Quinn, JDPSN go twice each year to Boise to give public talks and lead a half day retreat.
We are asking for your support to help us continue our work. Our membership and fees help cover our general operating expenses. Your help is needed in maintaining our Temple building. We have owned the temple for over 20 years and have some large maintenance needs coming up. The roof is old and will soon need repair. We already needed to purchase a new refrigerator. Soon we will need to paint both the exterior and interior of the building.
To help us deal with these increased maintenance costs we have set up a building maintenance fund. Every dollar we raise through this fundraising drive will go into that fund. Each year we will be asking for donations to this building maintenance fund. You can help us by making a donation and future pledge for the long term upkeep of our Temple.
The Board of Empty Gate Zen Center is grateful for your participation and financial support. Zen Master Seung Sahn gave us a practice form which we strive to continue. We all work to offer the teachings as freely as we can. Empty Gate Zen Center is registered with the IRS as a religious organization so your donations are tax deductible. Thank you for your generous support.
Yours in the Dharma,
Zen Master Bon Soeng Jason Quinn Marshall White Steve Watkins
Guiding Teacher Vice-Abbot Head Dharma Teacher Director
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Empty Gate Zen Center
2200 Parker Street
Berkeley, CA 94704