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Year-end Appeal from Abbot Gaelyn and President Tricia

Dear friends and members,

This year has been an amazing and remarkable year at your Zen Center. Our sesshins, classes, and many special events, including dharma en español, have been well-attended and brought more dharma teachings to more Houstonians. In addition, we’ve ventured into on-line classes which reach people in other parts of the US – as well as other countries.

Our residents take excellent care of the practice as well as the grounds of Zen Center, and we’ve continued to experience the great benefit of our Administrative Assistant, Joy Tober. We also have added another part-time priest, Rev. Gyōzan Royce Johnson, whose experience and enthusiasm are greatly enhancing the Center.

Our budget for 2019 is balanced and very sound, but the year-end brings 3 important projects, and one wishful project, for a request of $29,000.

Let’s Continue Our Stable, Steady Growth – and take care of our Center. Please contribute to these amazing (and necessary) projects.
This year has been an amazing and remarkable year at your Zen Center. Our sesshins, classes, and many special events, including dharma en español,  have been well-attended and brought more dharma teachings to more Houstonians. In addition, we’ve ventured into on-line classes which reach people in other parts of the US – as well as other countries.
Our residents take excellent care of the practice as well as the grounds of Zen Center, and we’ve continued to experience the great benefit of our Administrative Assistant, Joy Tober. We also have added another part-time priest, Rev. Gyōzan Royce Johnson, whose experience and enthusiasm are greatly enhancing the Center.
Our budget for 2019 is balanced and very sound, but the year-end brings 3 important projects, and one wishful project, for a request of $29,000.
As you plan your year-end gift giving, please consider helping Zen Center in one of these ways:

Maintenance, maintenance: Your beautiful Center needs some new plumbing. The Carriage House (built in 1918, renovated in 1946) has old galvanized water pipes that have lost their integrity. We will replace them in stages, beginning with the pipes to one of the upper dwellings. Estimated cost: $9,000.

  The Carriage House, built in 1918, with a 1946 addition.

The Carriage House, built in 1918, with a 1946 addition.

Palm Tree Replacement: Our largest palm tree, along with 4 smaller palms, will have to be removed and replaced. Our ceremony for the trees takes place on November 25, after the dharma talk. $2,500 to remove the palms. $2,500 to replace and replant = $5,000

  Courtyard fountain, among the palms and birches.

Courtyard fountain, among the palms and birches.

The Center really needs extra staff, and your gift can make it possible to keep two part-time employees on staff to assist the Abbot, our one full-time position. Please consider contributing to this important element of the Center. $10,000

  Members and their many shoes outside the door.

Members and their many shoes outside the door.

Temple Bell: let’s have a bell to call ourselves to mindfulness. We have a dream of having a bell cast for this. It’s a dream, but dreams do come true! $5,000. (The bell in the photo with the abbot is much much bigger than the one we wish for!)

  Abbot with a big bell. Our bell would be about half this size. Abbot remains the same size.

Abbot with a big bell. Our bell would be about half this size. Abbot remains the same size.