To all of the Ekan Zen Study Center sangha, a review of 2017...
Dear Dharma Friend:
Thank you for your involvement with EZSC during 2017,
Ekan Zen Study Center continued to be a vibrant presence in the Dharma during the past year, both here in the United States and abroad. Our Guiding Teacher Konin Cardenas traveled to Japan for ceremonies at Eiheiji and Sojiji, acknowledging her as a Dharma Heir in the Soto Zen lineage. This enables her students to practice in Japan as well, and to feel confident in the training that she is passing on to her heirs. On that trip Konin also visited Thailand, and taught at the Little Bangkok Sangha. Later, in the fall, she visited eight Dharma centers, Zen, Theravada and pan-Buddhist, around the US and Canada. Online classes continued, with Konin leading the study of “Dogen: On Personal Transformation” and “Meeting the Self: Here, There and Everywhere.” The year also saw her teachings reach much broader audiences, as she wrote for the Buddhist magazines “Lion’s Roar” and “Buddhadharma.” Finally, and most importantly, it was a year of deep personal connection as Konin offered the bodhisattva precepts in jukai ceremonies with two wonderful women practitioners. In 2017 Ekan Zen Study Center created profound practice encounters with a broad, diverse Buddhist sangha.
All this was made possible because of your participation and donations to Ekan Zen Study Center. Every sangha member makes a significant difference, and we work hard to ensure that funds are put to the best possible use for everyone's benefit.
There is much more work to do in 2018. Curriculum planning is underway for our first offerings in Spanish, new podcasts and, of course, more online classes. Konin continues her writings with a contribution to an upcoming book by American Zen women teachers, blogging, and more magazine articles. Also, Konin was invited back to teach at many Dharma centers, including her upcoming workshop in Atlanta and possible return visits to Japan and Thailand. With continued support, we at EZSC can keep sharing the Dharma with the world.
Eihei Dogen Zenji taught, “Whether it is of teaching or of material [things], each gift has its value and is worth giving.” Your gifts to Ekan Zen Study Center are immeasurably valuable. We deeply appreciate the gifts of your presence and generosity, and we hope you are deeply nourished by what we share with you.
With a bow and appreciation from the Board of Directors,
Norma Fogelberg, President ~ Choro Carla Antonaccio, Treasurer ~ Konin Melissa Cardenas, Secretary and Guiding Teacher