|We at PZI are sending you this letter to let you know what we’ve been doing this year and to ask for your support and participation.
We’re doing really well, actually, and your support continues to make that possible. At year’s end we contacted you to say that we needed your help. And you came through! We set out to make $75,000 and thanks to you, we did even better than that.
Perhaps because of the times, or just because it’s the right thing to do, we’ve been growing more collaborative at PZI. Thanks to you, we are now able to pay a part-time living wage to several highly-skilled people, who keep the lights on and systems running behind the scenes. We built a bright, beautiful, spacious new Website to better communicate with the world, and we’ve adopted a more flexible payment and membership system this year.
Our Scholarship Fund has grown – thank you! This fund allows young and lower income practitioners to attend our retreats and special events.
We have launched a new kind of retreat, too. Non-residential urban Commuter Retreats connect koan practice with ordinary life in an affordable way. We are also expanding into new cities and venues and our twice-monthly Livestreamed Talks help us gather together in the same room, even when we are separated by distance. And we are making short YouTube teaching videos, too.
John Tarrant will be the American Buddhist teacher on a retreat and tour in Bhutan this fall.
Our other fabulous teachers are busy running or opening centers from California to Arizona, from Kentucky to Texas, guiding students, and teaching, and giving retreats as well. Your donations will help immensely to fund these new and ongoing projects.
Like everyone, we have been tossed and turned by events of the past six months. We’ve noticed we’re also filled with moments of astonishing beauty, real concern, and deep uncertainty. We hold koans and our practice close, as guides, companions, lights in the confusion. Our community and our practice provide shelter, even as they ask us to turn towards the storm.
John Tarrant gave a talk about this in February.
We hope that you are able to join us – online, in person, on retreat – as we continue on this year’s journey of transformation. And please, if you are able: