As the Zen Centre of Vancouver nears its 50th anniversary, we’ve launched a fund-raising drive to pay off the last of our mortgage (approximately C$81,000, 5% of the property value) before it comes up for renewal in June 2016. Free of the burden of mortgage payments we can establish residential programs, especially for younger practitioners, gain financial security, and be ready for further growth.

As you know, the centre has helped hundreds of Canadians, introducing them to Zen practice and offering a wide array of daily programs and residential retreats. Everyone who’s come to the centre over the years has benefitted in some measure: some simply gaining a brief introduction to meditation that may ring a bell years in the future; others finding a lifelong commitment to cultivate their authentic self, freeing their potential to play a more beneficial role with family, friends, and as a responsible citizen of this earth. The centre wishes to continue helping newer generations.

We invite you to support our mortgage retirement fund in whatever measure you can. All donations big and small are welcome, and are fully tax deductible.

See this fundraising page for more details and how to donate. Thank you.

Please share this information with friends, co-workers or family that could be interested. Printed brochures are available at the centre.

4 February update

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.

3 March update – $57,000 raised and pledged, $24,000 to go!

On Saturday evening, October 24, the centre held a delightful evening of Chinese style tea tasting and a film about tea with Lam Wong. About thirty sangha members and friends attended with enthusiasm and interest.

Eshin gave a talk on “Zen creativity” at Lam Wong’s “Tea Zen” art show on July 30. The art show was held at “VisualSpace gallery” on Dunbar and included calligraphy by Don Wong, Eshin’s talk and tea tasting with Lam. The participants had an invigorating and stimulating time. Here’s pictures from the evening.