Update on the Stepping Forward fund-raising campaign.

A little over $40,000 had been raised and pledged by the beginning of November 2015. That was 50% of the goal with a finishing line of June 2016. The end of 2015 call for donations for income tax returns saw a great response. A big hearted sangha has moved the raised and pledged amount to $53,600. That’s 66% of the goal and only $27,400 to go. The last stretch of the campaign has started with high hopes of  reaching the target. A deep bow of appreciation to all that have or will have donated to this campaign. It will allow the centre to focus more sharply on its mission.

Winter schedule
The centre will be closed December 21 through January 4 inclusive. 

Warmest wishes to you and your family for the rebirth, love and sharing at this time.

Potluck lunch on Saturday January 9 to welcome the New Year.
Bring a tasty dish to share with others. There will be the 9am – 11am sit first, or come with your family at 11am.

January zazen-kai date has been changed to Jan 17 (was Jan 24).

The AGM will be held on Saturday February 27. This is the day after the February sesshin. As usual the day starts with breakfast for the over-nighters, the 9am – 11am sit, and then the laundry party to clean up after the week. The AGM will follow this, about 1pm or a little later.

March zazen-kai will be co-led by Eshin and Koshin.
Koshin, a Dharma brother of Eshin, will join us again from the Puget Sound Zen Center.

A great thank you to everyone that has donated to the Stepping Forward fundraising campaign so far this year allowing the centre to reach a little over 50% of the target. If you haven’t already, be a Bodhisattva by donating before the end of December for this years tax receipts.

We’re halfway to paying off the centre’s mortgage before it’s renewed next June. Over $40,000 has been generously donated and pledged by people from within and outside the sangha. A direct appeal has just been mailed out to all active members asking them to consider making a generous donation by year-end and receiving a 2015 charitable tax credit. From the appeal: “If all active members now contribute an average of $1000 each, the mortgage will be history! . . . Of course, not everyone can afford to contribute $1000. But please consider how much benefit you’ve received and will continue to receive from the centre over many years, and consider making a substantial gift. All donations are deeply appreciated.”

Further details about the fundraising effort can be found here.