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Fundraising letter, 2019
Here is news of what we are currently doing, and an invitation to help us continue through your financial support, and/or with your participation in our schedule of practice, study and community. The back of this page (below) highlights some current projects.
Each month we focus on a theme. This month it is ‘inclusiveness,’ one of the Buddhist ‘paramitas’ or ‘rafts’ across life’s turbulent waters. What do ancient traditions of contemplative practice offer the change and dislocations of our time? We invite you to join our exploration of these truths, the lessons they provide and the actions they inspire.
This coming March marks the Zen Center’s 15th year. Thank you to all who have made these years possible. As reported below, we continue to improve the rented space we occupy, but with a three year plan to consider owning residential property. Suggestions welcomed!
Patty Shinji Goodman
Gendo Allyn Field
Retreats. We are fortunate to have the use of a beautiful house and property on Moose Mountain in Hanover, NH, thanks to the generosity of its owners We did a four day retreat in September with old friend and guest teacher, Sandy Gentei Stewart. Another four day (with Gendo) is coming up December 5-8, “Rohatsu,” honoring the Buddha’s awakening; and deepening our own practices. (Info and registration at http://www.uvzc.org/retreat.html).
Family Zen. Shinji Goodman and Jing Mayer write: “The children have become comfortable sitting silently for 3 minutes at the beginning, and sometimes at the end. We begin with our topic by reading a story. We talk about it, and then follow it with an art activity. Sometimes we practice walking meditation in a circle or with a chalk labyrinth drawn on the floor. We hope everybody has a great time, but we hope also the children will learn to be attentive to themselves and each other.”
Dartmouth Zen Practice, has offered weekly sitting practice supported by Gendo and UVZC for nearly 17 years; and organized 12 conferences on topics ranging from Climate Change to Consciousness; the latest: Brown University’s Contemplative Studies program. Grad. student Lucas writes:“The conference not only explored contemplative studies at the experiential level using sitting meditation and movement based practice, but it also investigated how acontemplative studies program is created and the benefits it offers its students.” Keynote address by Brown Prof. and Zen monk Kendo Harold Roth.
the seriousness of her position; the 45 on her hip is not. Once inside the jail, we go thru the yard to the chapel. Cushions have been set up for us by the staff and soon the 4 to 6 inmates arrive and the sit begins, much as in White River. I have been impressed by the seriousness and dedication of these practitoners.”
Pie in the sky. Pictured here is the installation of a new kitchenette to extend use of our rented space beneath the Main Street Museum in White River Junction. The three year plan (dream) is to find dedicated property and residence for Upper Valley Zen Center. Know of any prospects in the Upper Valley? Let us know!