SUPPORT THE SANTA BARBARA ZEN CENTER
AND THE SANTA YNEZ VALLEY ZEN SANGHA
The Santa Barbara Zen Center, including its affiliate, the Santa Ynez Valley Zen Sangha, is a not-for-profit organization that depends solely on contributions from students and friends as well as fees from participants who attend our classes, retreats, and special events.
In Buddhism, Dana (giving or generosity) is the first of the Paramitas or perfections. Generosity is a way we cultivate joy, reduce the sense of separateness between self and other, and actively support the third of the Three Pure Precepts, doing good for others.
We invite you to make a donation to our sanghas by placing your contribution in a gift basket on Sunday or Wednesday or by printing and returning the linked Gift Form with your donation.
You may also arrange for AUTOMATIC MONTHLY DONATIONS from your bank account to the SBZC and SYVZS bank accounts. Here is the way to do this:
BILL PAY is easy to set up and to manage through online banking. After logging into your account, find the Bill Pay service and input the required information. You may note your preferred recipient – SANTA BARBARA ZEN CENTER, Post Office Box 2250, Santa Barbara, CA 93102 or SANTA YNEZ VALLEY ZEN SANGHA, Post Office Box 377, Solvang, CA 93464. Your bank will produce a physical check and mail it to the designated recipient.
Opportunities for Giving
- Support of the ANNUAL FUND is essential in helping SBZC meet its ongoing operating expenses, including rent of our practice spaces, supplies, support for our teachers, and outreach activities.
- Support of the DHARMA TRAINING FUND helps subsidize special programs, sesshin, retreats, and other intensive practice opportunities – offsetting fees and expenses that might preclude individuals from participating.
- LEGACY GIVING: Friends and supporters who wish to structure a gift commitment to the SBZC through a provision in their estate plan can do so by inserting simple bequest language in their will or living trust. To learn more about how such a gift can have a lasting, transformational impact on SBZC, or to receive sample bequest language, please contact email@example.com
- There are people in our community who struggle to meet their basic living needs. We invite those who come to SBZC service on the first Sunday of each month to support our FOOD DONATION program by bringing canned or boxed food items. We will deliver your contribution of food to the Santa Barbara Food Bank.