Santa Barbara Zen Center
Sensei Gary Koan Janka, Head Teacher and Officiating Priest
Support the Santa Barbara Zen Center
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 SBZC by placing your contribution in a gift basket on Sunday or Wednesday or by printing and returning the SBZC Gift Form with your donation.
You may also arrange for AUTOMATIC MONTHLY DONATIONS from your bank account to the SBZC bank account. 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 – SBZC or SYVZS. Use SBZC’s mailing address – Post Office Box 2250, Santa Barbara, CA 93102. Your bank will produce a physical check and mail it to us.
Opportunities for Giving
- Support of the ANNUAL FUND is essential in helping SBZC meet its ongoing operating expenses, including rent of our zendo space, supplies, support for our teacher, and outreach activities, including the Santa Ynez Valley Zen Sangha.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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