"Donate" and "Subscribe"
Please help to support Jikoji. Regular contributions help particularly to support and extend the practice life and Buddha field of our esteemed teacher and founder, Kobun Chino Otogawa Roshi.
The Donate and Subscribe buttons on the home page are convenient online ways to contribute directly from your debit or credit card. "Donate" is for a one time contribution, and "Subscribe" is for ongoing regular contributions of your choice, selecting from the pull-down menu above Subscribe.
You may specify your intention for your donation by writing it on your check, or by email. (Non-specified donations will be deposited into the General Fund.) Jikoji's funds currently include:
Dear Sangha, and Friends of Kobun,
For over four decades, Kobun Chino Otogawa Roshi taught Zen in the Bay area and in Santa Cruz. Kobun founded Jikoji Zen Center in 1982. He also helped found centers in New Mexico and Europe. He was an important teaching influence for San Francisco Zen Center, as well as the Sangha founded by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.
In 2012 Jikoji will honor the tenth anniversary of the passing of Kobun with a major community gathering, ceremonies, and new publications. Jikoji is dedicated to keeping alive Kobun's teachings, practice, Dharma lineage, and traditions.
To prepare for the 2012 commemorations, with your kind support, we will upgrade the Zendo to Kobun's vision, upgrade the small zendo, and improve and strengthen the community and residence buildings. Since Kobun's passing in 2002 we have already completely modernized the guest/dormitory building, half of the community building, a small Zendo, and a kitchen in the residents' building.
Please donate what you can; your donations to Jikoji are tax-deductible. Whatever amount you choose to contribute will make an important difference in sustaining Kobun's life-changing teachings and practice. For monthly automatic credit or debit card contributions, use the Subscribe button on Jikoji's Home Page. And even if you cannot contribute at this time, please give us your comments or suggestions. We would love to hear from you.
Sincerely, in the Dharma,
Sh—h— Michael Newhall
Resident Teacher at Jikoji
Note: Please join us in our practice. Each Sunday starting at 10 am, two periods of zazen are followed by a brief service, a dharma talk, and a social lunch. Weekday morning meditations begin at 6 am. We also hold periodic full-day sittings and weekend workshops, in addition to longer sesshins -- see the enclosed brochure's schedule. For more detailed information, visit Jikoji, call for further information, and watch the web site, www.jikoji.org.
Jikoji's first fund raising of this century was successful. We raised over two hundred thousand dollars to finance a major upgrade to the facilities, focusing on the dormitory building. A match pledge of $100,000 was received from several generous donors, and a separate donation of several thousand has been made for architectural work. As of 2010, our initial $200,000 goal has been raised.
The facilities upgrade advanced Jikoji from a "rustic retreat center" (dating from Pacific High School in the 1950s) to a more modern, if still rustic, teaching, meditation, and retreat center. Thus far, the following projects have been largely accomplished:
Over the next few years we hope to finish the renovation of the Dormitory building, strengthen and improve the main Zendo to Kobun's vision, and modernize the Community and Residents buildings.Contacts: You can reach us by phone at (408) 741-9562 during our regular business hours, 9 AM to 2 PM, M-F. You can also contact us at our e-mail address: email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you.