Dear Friends of Empty Gate Zen Center,
As the year begins to draw to a close, we once again come to you asking for your financial support to sustain and grow our programs.
Over the last year, our Berkeley Temple has continued its program of monthly retreats and eleven practice sessions per week, with the active participation of a growing sangha. We have also continued our efforts to bring Zen teaching to students near and far. Our branch locations in Santa Clara, California and Boise, Idaho offer supportive practice opportunities for practitioners and sangha members who are unable to come to the Berkeley location.
Our social media presence has continued to bring the teaching to people locally and around the world. Currently, we connect with over 5,000 people on Facebook and Twitter alone. Our YouTube teaching videos of talks by Zen Master Bon Soeng and others have received over 440,000 views. We also made a major improvement to the Berkeley dharma room by having a contractor re-wire the room and install modern room lighting, a ceiling fan, and dedicated lights for the altar.
As we look out toward the coming year, we anticipate continued expansion of our programs and teaching. Our Santa Clara branch is growing quickly and is in need of a larger facility to provide a supportive practice space for new and returning practitioners. We have also begun the work of opening a new branch in Fresno, CA where two of our Sangha members live. And at the Berkeley location we are planning to offer monthly training workshops for Dharma Teachers and Dharma Teachers-in-Training beginning in 2016. We need your support to make these things happen!
Please take a moment to consider what tax-deductible donation you can afford. You can send all donation checks to Empty Gate or donate online using a credit card or PayPal account. Many thanks for your practice and your continued support of Empty Gate Zen Center.
Many thanks for your practice and your continued support of Empty Gate Zen Center.
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
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