Widening the Dharma Gate
Ashland Zen Center has provided a place to practice Soto Zen Buddhism in the lineage of Suzuki Roshi for 23 years with teachers Jintei Harold Little and Etsudo Patty Krahl. Our sangha utilizes every nook and cranny of our existing facilities, with ingenuity accomplishing a myriad of practice activities in a converted farmhouse, barn, and cottage. Through generous sangha donations, last year Ashland Zen Center purchased the land next to our current home, and began planning to provide facilities for expanded practice. It is both exciting and humbling to see plans for our new residential center take shape.
Our new facilities will feature long-term residential housing, short-term residential housing, dorms for sesshins and practice periods, a gathering hall, kitchen, flexible meeting spaces, laundry, and multiple bathrooms. Sangha donations of $400,000 are in the bank to build this new residential center, which was designed, pro bono, by an architect friend of Ashland Zen Center.
Keeping the Gate Open
The Board of Directors has now determined that our new construction should include the creation of a guest rental: an upstairs mountain-view one-bedroom apartment.
It will fulfill the following needs:
Ensure the sustainability of Ashland Zen Center now and into the future. Steady rental income will help keep the gates of practice wide open for everyone.
Create the opportunity for sangha housekeeping practice.
Provide a place of refuge, sanctuary and beauty for visitors who come to Ashland.
We turn now to our wide circle of friends for support. Our goal is to raise $100,000 for construction of the guest rental. One sangha family has generously kicked off our fundraising effort with a donation of $10,000!
We hope that you will open your hearts to this project. Together we widen the dharma gate and deepen the roots of Zen Buddhism in America. With your help, Ashland Zen Center will become a financially sustainable, residential practice center for future generations.
The Perfection of Giving
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