We have reached and exceeded our goal of raising $150,000

What We Have All Done Together

“We have reached and even exceeded our goal of raising $150,000 to be used in purchasing our new home. Remarkably, we raised this in just ten weeks time.

Unfortunately, despite our good faith efforts, the deal on the property fell through at the last moment. Many of us are saddened by this development but we will continue to trust the dharma and begin again. We have identified a realtor and have begun the process of looking for another property to purchase.

We want to assure everyone that the money you have given us will be kept in a restricted account only to be used for the purchase of a property that will become our new Zen Center home.

Thank you again for your practice and your kind and generous donations which make it possible for us to now purchase a property that will become our new Zen Center home.


Roshi Robert Joshin Althouse, Sensei June Ryushin Tanoue, the ZMC Board of Directors

Take the 50 for $500 Challenge

We filled up the tree and it’s so full that there is no more room for any more laughing buddhas. We met the challenge by raising enough money for 50 laughing buddhas. So we want to leave you with this image of our fundraiser. We’re so grateful to all of you who helped us reach our goal. We will hold these funds in a restricted account that we will only use towards payment on a property that will become our future Zen Center home. Thank you everyone for your tremendous outpouring of support and generosity.

 We made and exceeded our goal. Congratulations!

We made and exceeded our goal. Congratulations!

Lead Gifts From Campaign

Our warmest appreciation go to all of the many donors who have been so generous on this campaign!  We are especially thankful for our Lead Donors for their inspiration:

  • $25,000 - Anonymous Gift

  • $20,000 - Robert Joshin Althouse, Roshi and June Ryushin Tanoue, Sensei

  • $20,000 - Jean George in Memory of Betty Flynn

  • $8,500 - Pamela Roake and Karl Weiser

  • $5,000 - Mike Seiji Fujii

  • $5,000 - Dave and Cheri Levenson

  • $5,000 - Matching Anonymous Gift

  • $4,100 - Diane Myogetsu Bejcek and Laura Lamb

  • $4,000 - Eve Pinsker

  • $2500 - Steven and Ruth Rankin-Parker

  • $2500 - Mark Gelula and Pam Bloom

  • $1400 - Susan Keijo Sensemann

  • $1001 - Alpita Shah

  • $1250 - Lori and Colin Snyder

  • $1500 - Linda Warring

  • $1250 - Christine DuSell

  • $1000 - M.G. Bertulfo and Alan Schwartz

  • $1000 - Cynthia Ohata

  • $1000 - Gina Damos

Memorial Gifts

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We will continue to invite you to give gifts to the center in the memory of loved ones, and will hold a special memorial service each year to honor them, and hold a special council circle following the service where we can tell stories and remember these people we love

"When we share our light with others, we do not diminish our own light. Rather, we increase the amount of light available to all . . . When out of gratitude we use our candle to light other people's candles, the whole room gets brighter."

Master Sheng Yen
from "Rich Generosity"

"When you are practicing generosity, you should feel a little pinch when you give something away. That pinch is your stinginess protesting. If you give away your old, worn-out coat that you wouldn’t be caught dead wearing, that is not generosity. There is no pinch. You are doing nothing to overcome your stinginess; you’re just cleaning out your closet and calling it something else. Giving away your coat might keep someone warm, but it does not address the problem we face as spiritual practitioners: to free ourselves from self-cherishing and self-grasping.”  

Gelek Rinpoche


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