Fundraiser 2017

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

 

Donate online using credit card or Paypal account

 

Send check or money order made and sent to:
Empty Gate Zen Center
2200 Parker Street
Berkeley, CA 94704

Fundraiser 2015

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

 

Donate online using credit card or Paypal account

 

Send check or money order made and sent to:

Empty Gate Zen Center
2200 Parker Street
Berkeley, CA 94704

 

Supporting the Zen Center

People have asked about how they can support the Zen Center. There are a few ways to do this. The most important way you can support the center is by coming to any the weekly practices and retreats. Without your presence, the center would not exist. Practicing together helps our direction and can give us inspiration to practice on our own. It can also inspire and encourage other practitioners. 

Another way of supporting is by becoming a member of our Zen Center or by donation. By becoming a member you help our international school, Kwan Um School of Zen, in its effort to support our zen centers and teaching in other parts of the world. Memberships also help Empty Gate Zen Center with its ongoing expenses and programs. A member receives discounts on our monthly retreats, receives the School's Primary Point magazine and its newsletter. What is the difference between donations and membership? Please visit our Support page for more information.

Lastly, we can always use help maintaining the inside and outside of our center. This includes cleaning the dharma room, living area, bathrooms, outside weeding, mowing the lawn, etc. Volunteer effort is always appreciated. If you are interested in volunteering at the Zen Center, email volunteer@emptygatezen.com