Monterey Bay Zen Center has closed its financial books for 2014, and is in a sound financial position to move forward into 2015.
MBZC uses a fiscal year of November 1 through October 31. Last fiscal year, MBZC raised around $16,000 through a variety of activities, including actual fundraising such as the fundraising card, and Earthbound Farm sponsored "Breakfast with Poetry", as well as through classes and other teaching or practice venues, and regularly pledged contributions from community members -- all of us.
Of these funds, $2500 went to support the Teaching Council, $3600 was paid to visiting teachers, a bit over $4000 went toward rent for practice activities such as Tuesday evening formal zazen, Monday and Thursday morning zazen, Saturday's Buddhism and Ordinary Recovery group and our library space.
Our annual weekend sesshin was subsidized about $1000 from our general funds, and supplies for our zazen practice ran around $500 for the year. The other major expense is grouped under administrative costs which cover printing and postage for the quarterly newsletters, monthly calendars, and maintenance of the web page, advertising our community's events, etc., and totaled around $3000.
Our practice activities have continued to expand this year with the Chicken Coop Zendo opening its doors in Jamesburg (thanks to Phyllis Conlan), and we continue to offer regular zazen sitting opportunities in Carmel Valley with the Carmel Valley Zendo headed up by Sara Hunsaker, the Mountains and Rivers sitting group with Patricia Wolff, in Monterey with Brown Bag Zen (a more informal practice led by Kathy Whilden). Ordinary Recovery is a Saturday morning tradition with a vibrant community with 20 - 30 regular participants with teachings offered by Robert Reese, and workshops and classes offered at a variety of times and places.
In the coming year, we will work to maintain and expand the existing practice opportunities we co-create as a community, a sangha. Please think about what you can do to help. Pick one of these practice opportunities and talk to the group leader, teacher, senior student about what you can offer. The most important contribution is to just show up. I look forward to practicing with you in the coming year.
Jana Clark, President
Monterey Bay Zen Center
Board of Directors