Beginner's Mind Zen Center
   northridge, california
   
 

donate to Beginner's Mind

Beginner's Mind Zen Center is supported and sustained by donations from our members and friends... people like you. Donations of any amount help maintain the zendo, zafus, zabutons, incense and other miscellaneous expenses that allow the sangha to gather at the center.


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Beginner's Mind Zen Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, making your contributions tax-deductible to the extent allowable under Internal Revenue Code Section 170.


fees for retreats

sesshins

For sesshins (multiple-day retreats), we suggest attendees make a small donation to defray the expenses for service supplies, teas, and the meals that are prepared and served. (Frequently, sesshin sponsorships are available for those who need assistance; contact the Zen Priests if you are interested in a sponsorship for a sesshin. Contributions towards sponsorships are always appreciated.)

  • If attending only one day of a multi-day sesshin, the suggested donation for each day is $25 for members and $35 for non-members. (This suggested amount does not include Oryoki rental; see below.)
  • If attending only half of one day of a multi-day sesshin (AM or PM only on one day), the suggested donation is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. (This suggested donation does not include Oryoki rental; see below.)
  • 2-day sesshin suggested donation (covering both days of a 2-day sesshin; Breakfast Sat. and Sun.; Lunch Sat. and Sun.; Dinner Sat. only) is typically $40 for members and $50 for non-members. Some 2-day sesshins may be more or less, depending on the schedule used for the sesshin. (This suggested donation does not include Oryoki rental; see below.)
  • 3-day sesshin suggested donation (covering all 3 days of a 3-day sesshin; Breakfast Sat., Sun. and Mon.; Lunch Sat., Sun. and Mon.; Dinner Sat. and Sun. only) is typically $65 for members and $75 for non-members. The suggested amount for some 3-day sesshins may be more or less, depending on the schedule used for the sesshin. (This suggested amount does not include Oryoki rental; see below.)
  • 5-day sesshin suggested donation amount (covering the 5 days of a 5-day sesshin; Breakfast all days; Lunch all days; Dinner all but the last day) is typically $100 for members and $150 for non-members. The suggested amount for some 5-day sesshins may be more or less, depending on the schedule used for the sesshin. (This fee does not include Oryoki rental; see below.)
  • The suggested donation amounts for other sesshins not listed here are published prior to the sesshin.
  • In addition to helping to cover zendo and practice supplies and expenses (incense, flowers, utilities, cleaning supplies, etc.), fees for sesshins cover meals that are served during your attendance. There is a breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner provided.
  • ORYOKI SET RENTAL during a sesshin is $5 per retreat (not per day).

zazenkais

For zazenkais (single-day retreats), we request attendees make a small donation to defray the expenses for service supplies, teas, and any meals that are prepared and served.

  • For zazenkais, the suggested donation amounts are $15 for members and $25 for non-members.
  • In addition to helping to cover zendo and practice supplies and expenses (incense, flowers, utilities, cleaning supplies, etc.), the suggested donation amounts for zazenkais cover the cost of tea and snacks served during the day's two teas.
  • Typically, the only meal during a zazenkai is lunch: please check in the announcements or calendar entry for the zazenkai to see whether or not a lunch (usually complimentary) will be provided. If lunch will not be provided, or if you'd prefer, you can bring a vegetarian lunch with you that does not require preparation. If you can, please bring a cooler or insulated container as refrigerator space is limited.

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paying fees

  • You may make donations for sesshin, oryoki and zazenkai amount using the "custom amount" PayPal link (above); just be sure to use the "+ Add special instructions to the seller" feature during the PayPal process, indicating that your payment is not a general donation, but is specifically for retreat fees.
  • Alternatively, you may make donations related to sesshins, oryoki and zazenkais by cash or check (made payable to "Beginner's Mind Zen Center"). Bring your donation with you to the retreat, placing it in the donation box (please, enclose your donation in an envelope and mark the envelope with your name and the purpose).