by Norman Fischer | December 12, 2006 at 7:10 PM

SPECIAL APPEAL FOR FUNDS (appears in December 2006 Founder's Letter)

December, 2006


As you know, Everyday Zen does a lot with very little. Our budget has always been modest. With the exclusion of what you send in with these mailings, virtually all we need comes from donations received in the course of my teaching, travel, and lecturing. Our wish has been to practice simply, encouraging people to give to others, not to us. 

But this coming year Everyday Zen will have a special need for funds. 

The Everyday Zen website, www.everydayzen.org, has outgrown its 1999 technology. It needs rebuilding, a complicated job that will take many months at a cost of $20,000 to $40,000. We are working now on figuring out exactly what we need, and who can deliver it, so the estimate is as yet sketchy, but I wanted to let you know about it now, in the hope that you can make a larger contribution than you usually do.

The main reason Everyday Zen's budget is so lean is that we have almost no overhead: no staff, no real estate. Everyday Zen's home is the website.

Right now, as you know, the site includes free downloadable written material, a Study Guide, audio CD's, books, the schedule of events, my blog, and, most recently, downloadable audio files. Once rebuilt, the site will also include a magazine in which practitioners will be able to share poems, talks, journal entries, and other forms of writing. Our community is growing in numbers and experience, and we need to be able to share our practice with one another.

Everyday Zen's slogan is "changing and being changed by the world." Our practice is in and for the world, which we see not as an abstraction but as the fabric of our relationships, our work, and our working to develop a loving heart to benefit others. We encourage everyone whom we meet to practice in whatever way they can, so as turn their lives into fields of blessing. 

To continue to do this, and to do it better, we need to fix up our house. 

A million thanks to Bellingham's Resident Priest Tim Burnett who built the present site with tremendous skill and effort, for love, not money. He has maintained it all this time. And more recently to Laura Trippi, an Everyday Zen practitioner, who's been providing much work and expertise. And to Paul Kahn, my old poetry comrade from Paris, who's also been helping, and has agreed to provide free design work once the stuff "under the hood," as Tim calls it, has been worked out. And Bruce Hartsough, who keeps the calendar current.

Thanks in advance for your more-generous-than-usual contributions. And may you have a peaceful and loving Holiday time.

Yours in gratitude,

Zoketsu Norman Fischer


Norman Fischer