Friends of Shasta Abbey (FOSA) is a non-profit organization established by the lay Sangha to carry forward the ancient Buddhist tradition of interdependence between the monastic and lay communities. In gratitude for the monks’ generosity in offering the Dharma, FOSA helps provide skills and resources to support and enhance monastic life at Shasta Abbey.
In the spirit of dana, the Friends of Shasta Abbey contributes revenue from its gift shop, Shasta Abbey Buddhist Supply Shop, to directly benefit the monastery. In this way, the monks, the Friends of Shasta Abbey and the entire lay Sangha work together to support each other’s spiritual training.
The Buddhist Supply Shop will be open
June 25, July 16, July 23, July 30
August 13, August 26, and August 27.
Friend’s of Shasta Abbey Quarterly Report – May, 2017
On May 14 the board had its quarterly meeting at the Abbey. We voted Beth Gong in as a board member and our new Treasurer. We are grateful for her willingness to take on this role.
Much of the board meeting was devoted to our finances. While the gift shop makes a wonderful contribution to the lay and monastic Sanghas and brings in revenue that enables us to contribute to projects at the Abbey, we still need to balance our budget carefully. One way to do that is to find inexpensive ways to contribute, such as organizing workdays. For example, the day before our meeting, on Saturday May 13, FOSA had organized a workday to help the monks decorate the monastery for Wesak. It was a successful day, and the Abbey looked wonderful for the biggest Buddhist holiday of the year!
One idea that came up was organizing volunteers who might work at the Abbey a couple of hours a week if the monks are spread especially thin when medical problems arise. Another idea was to organize work parties when a member of the lay Sangha needs additional help. Anne Johnson took on the task of inviting the Sangha to attend a “help a friend day” at Suzanne Kane’s home in Hat Creek. Volunteers will be carpooling there on Monday, June 5th. If you would like to participate you can call Anne at 938-4162 or email her at FOSA.
We continue to explore fundraising ideas. The quilt project is well underway, and when it is finished it will be raffled off to raise money. And Suzanne Kane has been researching online auctions.
If anyone in the Sangha thinks of other ideas please contact me, Carol Jenkins. We welcome your input.
Carol, President of the Friends of Shasta Abbey
Officers: Carol Jenkins – President, Anne Johnson – Vice President, Laurie Ottens – Shop Manager, Beth Gong- Treasurer, Suzanne Kane – Secretary, Members-at-Large: Susan Place, Steve Larson, Kirk Yarnell, Marty Sochet, Monastic Advisor: Rev. Master Daishin Yalon.
CURRENT WAYS TO PARTICIPATE
Help at the Buddhist Supply Shop with sales, inventory, accounting and more by contacting Laurie Ottens.
Join a FOSA Board committee or donate your time to an ongoing project by contacting FOSA.
Make a tax deductible donation toward any current or future project by contacting FOSA
For further information on current FOSA activities or purpose contact FOSA Board President, Carol Jenkins.
Successful FOSA projects include the purchase and installation of hot water heaters for Abbey buildings; the purchase of a log splitter for the monastery; improved lighting in the monastery kitchen; expansion of the lay and monastic libraries; fundraising for the building of 12 new meditation screens for the Buddha Hall; and the beautiful new Segaki banners.